California – how I have missed you and your people!

I always want to be westbound!

First off, the comings and goings of the trip went off without a hitch. Flights left and arrived on time, security was a breeze, getting to and from the airports was seamless. You would never have guessed it was Thanksgiving weekend.

I love this place at night.

And of course, my family and I went to Disneyland on Thanksgiving. We’ve been doing this since I was in junior high and it’s one of my very favorite things about the holidays, especially now that I live so far away (relatively speaking, that is). We had so much fun and it was the perfect opportunity to get face time with the parentals and brother. I love my family.

Friends ’til the end.

On Friday, my friends and I met for our annual Thanksgiving weekend reunion at Starbucks (six years running!). So good to see everyone. It’s amazing how we can go months without seeing each other and then pick up right where we left off when we reunite. I love my friends. And I love that after discussing Angie’s potential wedding plans, she goes and gets engaged that very night! Congratulations again, Ang! Can’t wait for the wedding!

The gang’s all here!

Default group shot pose. Everyone drops to the floor and gets their velveeta on.

Here are just a few of the 100’s I took – seriously, we got quite a workout in!

Late Saturday night, I decided that I wanted to take classy holiday portraits of the four of us. So we did the the old chins-propped-on-hands, building-a-world-class-cheerleading-pyramid, donning-Santa-hats-over-our-faces routine. You know, the classics.

Then someone suggested we take jumping photos and suddenly it was game-on. Legs akimbo, bodies diving across the living room, jumping off the couch, roundhouse-kicking the air…we were willing to risk our lives for the sake of photographic genius. We were in the zone. And oh man, do all of the photos make me LAUGH! The contorted looks on our faces when we jump is enough to make me laugh out loud as I write this sentence! HAHA!

And here’s when I realized I wasn’t in California anymore. Ha!

It took a good 30 minutes to clear the ice off the windows and warm the car up enough to figure out how to get it out of the spot (holy spinning tires!). I actually found it to be quite hilarious and fun and a good arm workout! I’m sure this is the first of many lessons that Utah will teach me in these coming months…