Thanksgiving Roadtrip – 2019

I haven’t been with my family for Thanksgiving for over 10 years. Most of the family lives in sunny Arizona, while I’m in South Carolina. That’s a big trip, especially at the holidays. This year I started planning early, and I planned big. I let all my siblings know I was coming and I hoped that we could all be together at Thanksgiving. I talked dates with my husband, and we both requested time off from work. We planned and packed, and finally the day came: time to leave for 2 whole weeks with my family!

Day 1: Travel

We got up at the crack of dawn and drove 18 hours our first day. It was exhausting, but worth it. We hit 8 states that day, and spent the night in Amarillo, Texas. I brought a sweater with me as travel knitting. 

South Carolina

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Georgia

Alabama

Mississippi (where I did a little sweater surgery)

Tennessee

Arkansas

Oklahoma

Texas

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Day 2: Travel

On day 2 we spent about 10 hours on the road. We were wiped out from the previous day, so we stayed the night in Flagstaff, Arizona. As we went further and further west we started seeing red rock and cacti. It felt like home.

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New Mexico

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Day 3: Travel + Family Time

We drove the 2 hours from Flagstaff to Phoenix, and spent the rest of the day resting and enjoying being with my family.

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My sister drew this picture of me as a Lord of the Rings character. We’re all nerdy and artistic in this family!

Days 4-5: Family Time

We laughed a lot and made Christmas cookies. We were also able to spend some time with friends. My husband made us all eggnog (pro tip: homemade eggnog is way better than store bought).

Day 6: Thanksgiving Day

We made even more cookies, and cooked Thanksgiving dinner as a family. We decorated my mom’s house with Christmas lights. All my siblings and even some adopted siblings were able to make it. This was such a pleasant, homey day. It was everything I wanted it to be.

Day 7: Travel

My grandma lives in California, so we headed over to see her, as well as my aunt, uncle, and cousins.

Arizona

California

Day 8: Sightseeing

My husband and I went to the San Diego Zoo, then watched the sunset at the beach. 10/10, would recommend!

Day 9: Family Time + Thanksgiving 2.0

We spent the morning with my grandma, then had a second Thanksgiving dinner with the California branch of the family. This was the first time my husband got to meet this side of the family.

I had brought my sourdough starter to make bread for the family, and expose it to some different yeasts/conditions, and this is the day I made sourdough bread (for the record, I don’t think my sourdough bread tastes any different now that I’m home).

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Day 10: Travel

Back to Phoenix for one last day with my family.

California

Arizona

Day 11: Family Time + Packing

Getting ready to leave is always bittersweet.

Day 12: Travel

No matter where you’ve been or who you’ve been with, there’s something satisfying about heading home.

Arizona

New Mexico

Texas

Oklahoma (it was dark and we were tired)

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Day 13: Travel

Home again, home again, jiggedy jog.

Oklahoma

Arkansas

Tennessee

Mississippi

Alabama

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Georgia

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South Carolina

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This was the best Thanksgiving I can remember. Thanksgiving is a hard time of year for my family, and it was so good to make some truly spectacular memories of this holiday. I am so glad we went, and very thankful to my husband for driving us 5,000 miles/60 hours across the country (I tried to drive, but he wouldn’t let me).

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My Vacation Part 3: Colonial Williamsburg and my 25th Birthday

Last week my husband and I went on vacation. We split our trip up into several stages so we could see and do more things (read Part 1 and Part 2).

I have wanted to visit Colonial Williamsburg for years, so this year when we planned our vacation I asked if we could go. We stayed at one of the inns right in Williamsburg, which made coming and going so easy!

We had so much fun walking down the streets, seeing carriages and wigmakers and people in historic dress. We went to a talk about the heritage animals kept in the stables. I somehow didn’t manage to get a picture of the Longwool Leicester sheep they had, but Longwool Leicesters are the ancestors of modern day Blue Faced Leicesters, Border Leicesters, and Corriedale, as well as several other breeds.

We visited several woodworking shops, all with different skills and purposes.

I loved visiting the tailor’s shop and talking with a very knowledgeable tailor about the materials and fashions and methods of making clothes. This hand sewn corset was hanging in the corner. Isn’t it just incredible!

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We saw a few famous people in Williamsburg, too: The Marquis de Lafayette spoke about his part in the American Revolution and Thomas Jefferson told about his belief in personal liberty and his work in founding the United States as we know it.

In the evening we watched the militia practice their military drills.

October 24th was my 25th birthday. We spent the day in Williamsburg, then went to a cute little cafe for dinner. After dinner, my husband disappeared for a few minutes and came back bearing a tea light, which was the only candle the cafe had. He sang Happy Birthday to me, and then we devoured a pumpkin cupcake. Later that evening we went to a strings recital at Bruton Parish Church. All in all, it was a lovely vacation and a great birthday.

Well, that concludes our vacation. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed it.

Have you ever been to Colonial Williamsburg? What did you enjoy most?

 

My Vacation Part 1: Alpacas and Grandparents

Last week my husband and I went on vacation. We split our trip up into several stages so we could see and do more things. We started by spending 2 days with my husband’s grandparents. They are such sweet people! I had lots of fun asking my new grandma all about the interesting textiles scattered around their home. Her mother embroidered this map of the USA when her son was in the military so she could understand better where he was stationed.

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Her mother also made this quilt and tablecloth. Every year for Christmas dinner she would bring the tablecloth out and have everyone sign it. Then she would embroider each of their signatures – she used a different colour for each year. It looks like she did this for 8 or 9 years – what a cool idea!

On our way to stay with our grandparents we passed an Alpaca farm. Naturally, I was excited, so our grandparents arranged for us to go see the farm. This was a morning well spent. We got to pet and feed the alpacas and the owner answered lots of our questions.

We had such fun staying with our grandparents, but our time together quickly drew to a close and we were on to our next location. I’ll write more about that tomorrow.

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Traveling Socks

Last week my husband and I visited some of my relatives a few hours away from where we live. We packed up and set out on our journey.

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We stopped in the lovely Asheville, NC for lunch. As we were exploring we came upon a yarn shop and my husband encouraged me to go in (he is a keeper).

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That’s 3.1 oz of Merino combed top and a skein of Viking Raggen for man gloves. What else do you expect when visiting a yarn store?

We made it to my family’s house mid-afternoon and spent the evening talking and visiting. When it was time for bed I was surprised by the most beautiful quilt.

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The next morning we explored my uncle’s garden, picking beans and learning how to dig potatoes. It is super hard work. I spoiled quite a few potatoes finding that out.

We had a picnic lunch with more of the family that came by to see us. We even had an unexpected visitor!

My husband was tired from digging potatoes, so he took a nap.

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He had a lot of fun playing with the dogs.

As the afternoon waned we got ready to come home to the city.

This sock has a lot of good memories knit into it now.

 

Weekend Adventures

Over the weekend my husband and I went to Charleston, SC.

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We walked along the battery and in the surrounding areas.

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The homes are beautiful and there are flowers and gardens everywhere!

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The dirt underfoot is made up of seashells!

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And the beach is beautiful.

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If you ever visit Charleston I highly recommend brunch at The Obstinate Daughter. I had Eggs Benedict with smashed potatoes and tea grown locally in Charleston.

Home again, home again, jiggidy jog.

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Vacation Yarn

You didn’t seriously think I could manage to go on vacation without acquiring more yarn, did you? 2 Christmases my husband (then boyfriend) and I went to Arizona and I meant to go to a certain yarn shop while we were there. Regrettably, this did not happen, so this year when we were in the area I made double sure that we went. The shop is called Sedona Knit Wits, and it is delightful! They carry a range of beautiful commercial yarns as well as some yarns that are locally dyed. Those are what I ended up buying, since you just can’t get them anywhere else.

I bought a kit for watermelon socks (Eeeeeee!!!) and a gradient ball. It’s a good thing I’ve decided to make more socks. Although, now that I think of it a watermelon shawl sounds amazing! Which would you choose?