I’ve never been more thankful at Thanksgiving than this year. We spent another 5 days down in Florida and crammed so much into the trip…

First festive things first — Thanksgiving! We flew home bright and early on Thanksgiving morning in our best athleisure and ready to party. Per usual, mom whipped up the most amazing Thanksgiving dinner feast for about 125 people (even though we only invited 17 people). Also noteworthy, this year Matt was delegated the most important task — carving the turkey. Thomas supervised, only threatening to sacrifice a few fingers along the way.

Thanks to my friends at Fruit Bouquets we had one heck of a centerpiece too — an adorable and festive fresh fruit bouquet. And there was only a brief argument over who got to eat the chocolate turkey head apple.

Friday morning we went on a family adventure to Santa’s Tree Farm. Yes, even my sunshine state offers a cut your own Christmas tree experience. The kids had the very best time chasing goats, petting horses, wandering the jolly acres forest of trees and more. Caroline said her favorite part of the trip was the bag of kettle corn and Thomas said his least favorite part of the trip was definitely Santa.

Lucky for us, we got to knock out our 2017 Santa visit while we were there.

Caroline was a little bashful this year, but not enough to prevent her from asking for the Doc McStuffins Hospital Cart she’s been obsessing over. I love Christmas. Every time she gets into trouble she’ll give the most
sincere apology and then ask us if we think Santa will still bring her cart. Maybe, Caroline. Or maybe you’ve walked past that cart 15 times in the garage already and still haven’t noticed it.

Thomas was just…nope.

There were no amount of candy canes that would keep Thomas on Santa’s lap for even a second.

Later that afternoon we decorated gingerbread houses which was fun for about 3 minutes before Thomas realized we wouldn’t be eating the candy, but instead decorating with it. The temptation was too strong and he ended up eating it by the handful while Caroline screamed and bawled over him eating all of her house decorations.

Once the kiddos were sound asleep, Matt and I snuck out of the house for a drink at M Bar before meeting two of my girlfriends and their husbands for drinks at M Lounge. It was a super fun night.

Saturday morning mom and I “went Christmas shopping,” aka we ran a bunch of errands (filled balloons, picked up cake, etc.) and then went to Uncle Nick’s house to set up a surprise birthday party for dad! How freaking crazy that we got to celebrate dad’s 60th birthday (technically 11/30, but still)?!?! All of us were just SO thankful and happy to celebrate him and he never saw it coming. He thought we were all headed to Uncle Nick’s house for a BBQ…

SURPRISE!!!! Also, ALL THE PRAISE HANDS that dad was able to get out of his wheelchair and WALK into his surprise party? Blessings. Blessings. Blessings. There were 25+ party goers cheering loudly for him when he walked in.

Uncle Nick!!

My best friend since elementary school, Ashley, and my bestie since high school, Shannon, also came to the party to celebrate dad. Both of them have known and loved my dad for a very, very, very long time and he was SO happy to see them there.

Sunday morning we went to church where Thomas spilled communion juice all over himself (and me) and started screaming and crying for “juice” during the silent prayer. It was awesome and not embarrassing at all as I was frantically trying to remove him from the service as fast as possible. Afterwards we all went to lunch and then lounged around the rest of the day eating lots of leftover birthday cake.

On Monday we flew back home!



  1. Penny Struebig
    November 28, 2017 / 11:58 am

    What a great trip! Your pictures are wonderful and I'm sure something you will always treasure. Glad you got to celebrate with your dad!

  2. Lauren
    November 28, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    What an amazing trip! So glad you got to spend so much time with your family

  3. Nikki
    November 28, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    I'm so glad you guys got to celebrate with your dad! And wow, does Thomas look like him or WHAT?!

  4. Jennifer M
    November 28, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Thomas looks so BIG in these pictures!

  5. Annie
    November 28, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    I love love love that you all got to surprise your Dad. How incredibly special!!!!

  6. LHWinstead
    November 28, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I just love this!! So glad yall are able to spend so much time with your Dad- special memories!!

  7. Cristina
    November 28, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Teary eyed reading about your weekend. What an amazing couple days for you & your family. So happy to hear!

  8. Kiki Nakita
    November 28, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    What a special trip. xox

  9. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    November 28, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I was smiling through this entire post – so happy y'all had a wonderful holiday with the fam! xo

  10. Leslie
    November 28, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    What a thankful Thanksgiving! I'm so happy that you had such a special one!

  11. Paula
    November 29, 2017 / 12:52 am

    What a wonderful holiday weekend you all had. So glad that your dad was surprised by the celebration bash for his 60th. The gingerbread house decorating – too funny!

  12. The Lucky Lifestyle
    November 29, 2017 / 1:19 am

    I watched the video of this on IG and almost cried – just so happy for you and your family. A happy Thanksgiving, indeed. Hugs!

  13. Kaitlyn Danielle
    November 29, 2017 / 1:39 am

    Oh no, poor Thomas is just not a fan of Santa lol. Awe, so happy your Dad enjoyed his party! Great family photo. I love goats, they're just so cute! That fruit turkey was adorable. Kaitlyn @ Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

  14. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    November 29, 2017 / 2:08 am

    The best Thanksgiving ever! All the praise hands for your dad's birthday celebration!

  15. Pam
    November 29, 2017 / 3:36 am

    I love your authenticity in this post almost as much as I love that y'all got so much sweet family time!♥️

  16. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    December 1, 2017 / 8:35 am

    This post has had me in the happiest tears ever!!What an incredible Thanksgiving x

  17. Bekah Walsh
    December 1, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    It made me so happy to see you all celebrating your dad's birthday – what an amazing holiday break you had!

  18. rox
    December 3, 2017 / 2:33 am

    OH! What blessings for sure!! So happy for this sweet, sweet time with your dad and fam!

  19. Brandi
    December 5, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    What an amazing trip!!

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