I was fortunate enough to enjoy not one, but two Fake/Friends-Givings this weekend. Double the turkey, double the friends, double the laughs and good times.
I can’t help but think back to my first year here in grad school – and our first annual FakesGiving – and reflect on how all of us have grown and bonded over the years. I’m really thankful for all my friends out here. These faces, in these pictures, are the reason I love Colorado as much as I do. It wouldn’t be the same without them.
LJ and Dan hosted FakesGiving at their home, and a feast it was! I have no idea how they did it, but they provided the turkey – and space – for some 30+ people on Friday night. What a blast.
The hostest with the mostest and myself…(ex)-roomies!:
Weez and I got photobombed pretty hard (classic Cara ;)) and Cabo was getting lots of love…
The next day on Saturday evening, Weez and I hosted a FriendsGiving at our home with some dear non-grad student friends of ours. We spent the day getting the apartment all ready to go for 11 people to arrive, including rearranging lots of furniture and setting up a long banquet table in our living room.
This was the first time I’ve ever hosted a Thanksgiving meal and cooked a turkey in my entire life.
I called my sister no fewer than 5 times along the way, to make sure I was doing everything right (thanks, sis!). It turned out great, all 20lbs of it!
Weez was in charge of the carving. Thank goodness, because I would have had no idea where to start.
Love these guys.
The whole crew!
After dinner but before pie, we played many hilarious games of Catch Phrase and this cool French game that’s a lot like Mafia. We laughed so hard we cried at one point. What a great night.
FriendsGiving’s weekend was a great success; the food and company were incredible. I truly am lucky to have all these friends in my life.
And the cool part? Those were just Thanksgiving feasts #1 and #2 for us :) I get to enjoy Thanksgiving feasts all over again this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as Weez and I make our way to Illinois to be with my extended family for the holiday weekend. So thankful for it all.
Who carves the turkey in your house?
Do you bounce around to more than one home for Thanksgiving feasts?