This post is a bit on the belated side, but… Happy Thanksgiving! Ryan and I had a wonderful time spending our first holiday together. We thoroughly enjoyed a few days off of work and did absolutely nothing but rest, watch movies and enjoy each other’s company. We did traverse out a few times, but tried to observe a sort of long “Sabbath” and not exert ourselves too much. In our opinion, it was time well-spent and very much needed. We finally feel like we are catching our breath after the wedding.

Early Thanksgiving afternoon, Ryan and I took a long and beautiful walk through the orchards surrounding our house. I wish I had brought my camera because the fields were gorgeous. The trees are changing colors and dropping leaves like mad, leaving mounds of red, bronze, and striking gold leaves on the dark, damp soil. It was gorgeous and finally gave me an idea for the tradition that I want Ryan and I to start for the holiday (I even resorted to searching the Internet for ideas). So, after embarrassingly setting up a tripod on the country road beside our house and snapping a few test shots, we took the first of many fall photos in the leaves… our new Thanksgiving tradition!

Later that evening we drove down to Visalia to have our Thanksgiving dinner at Ryan’s place (not Ryan Corum’s place, but THE Ryan’s Place). It was a huge plate, actually multiple plates of home-style food and it was delicious! Say what you will, it was nice not having to cook or clean up and just enjoy the meal together.

This week was a special one and marked the one-year anniversary of Ryan and I meeting (December 1st), oh, and our one-month wedding anniversary too I guess (ha, ha). I’m still amazed that I met, fell in love with, got engaged to, and married the man of my dreams in a period of 11 months. When God delivers, he DELIVERS! Ryan sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers to work, which were done by our wedding florist, which was an extra sweet touch. She does amazing work. We also went out to eat, gorged ourselves on Italian food and capped the night off with cake and wine… and falling asleep on the couch while watching DVDs. We love the simple pleasures in life. 🙂

Ryan has been busy around the house helping pull things together and finishing up the many, many projects we have on our To Do list. Well that, and trying to kill the ridiculous little gophers that are tearing up our front lawn. I can’t tell you how cute he looked standing out there last night with a shotgun and hose… ahhh, country living. Too bad I didn’t have time to get a picture. The current project is our makeshift walk in closet. Ryan and my father got it installed in a day last weekend, but it now needs to be sanded, stained, sealed and made “pretty” (my part of the project). I can’t tell you how relieved I will be to have all of clothes hung in one place that isn’t cramped and dark, like our current closets.


One thought on “Belated Thanks

  1. I love, love, love, reading your blog! I told you that Jeff and I met and married in 11 months too, right? Crazy! It’s been 16 and 1/2 years. I love how you guys stayed home and had Thanksgiving together, just the two of you. So wise. I wish that Jeff and I would have been that wise! Also, I love the tradition of taking a picture in the leaves, that is something that you can do, even when you dine with family and start having children of your own. It will be fun for you to see how you change over the years.I love and miss you dear. It will be a great way to stay in touch with our blogs!

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