Aunt Kelly & Uncle George invited Waldir and me for Thanksgiving, so we took a road trip to Michigan. The 15 hour drive was worth it! We love our family! ❤
The day before Thanksgiving, we went to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and admired its exhibit of Christmas trees decorated to represent countries and traditions from all over the world.
I also especially enjoyed the “tropical gardens” room (which felt like a jungle–a welcome climate change for a moment!), the Christmas train tracks, and Leonardo da Vinci’s horse sculpture.
My cousin Tyson came home for Thanksgiving day and George Sr. also came over and we enjoyed a delicious meal together. I made three vegan dishes: stuffing, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole. The green beans were my favorite–Waldir and I loved this recipe so much that I made it again this week.
On Black Friday we had breakfast with Aunt Laurie, Uncle Brian, cousins Jacqueline and Luke, and Grandpa–but we didn’t take pics! Shame on us! We love you guys! ❤
For my 25th birthday on Saturday, Waldir surprised me with 75 balloons, which he stayed up late into the night to fill–and when a few of them started exploding around 1 a.m., everyone woke up except Tyson. Oopsy! It was pretty funny. 😉
In the morning, we visited my great Aunt Rose and cousin Julie + her boyfriend Joe (I wanted to take Smokey the cat, the little cutie I’m holding in the pic, home with me!).
We enjoyed a lovely, quiet day watching some college basketball (go Spartans!), taking a walk in the woods, and bringing in some firewood for the fireplace.
Uncle George made veggie & tofu curry for dinner, and afterwards we had vegan chocolate cake with almond milk–let me tell you, this cake is to die for (you should make it!)–and Skyped with Momzie & Dadzie while opening gifts.
Family: thank you so much for having us, for loving on us, and for sharing the holiday together. 🙂 ❤