Thanksgiving in Mankato

Monday, December 7, 2015
For Thanksgiving, I used my last day off for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so we could celebrate early in Mankato and be back home Thursday evening so I could go to work Friday morning. While it may have been a short trip, I was a very fun trip. Wednesday morning my in-laws Ron and Judy, their dog Sydney, Mike, and I piled into the car and headed north. Much to our surprise the traffic was really light and we pulled into Jewell County in record time.

My parents greeted us in the drive as Weston and Missy welcomed Sydney’s arrival in full force. My mother, always the ultimate hostess, had the house all dolled up with beautiful Christmas decor and a lovely spread of appetizers for us to munch on. We were also delighted to spot a special Bloody Mary bar to kick off the Thanksgiving celebration. Mike whipped up a round of Bloody Marys for everyone with all the fixings.

 We sat around and visited, and then Mike and I presented our parents with their Christmas gifts – premium seats and parking to the Garth Brooks concert in Wichita on December 6! I even created a special version of ‘Twas the Night Before December 6‘ to announce the news.

Wednesday was a great day weather-wise so we all enjoyed getting out for a pre-feast walk with the dogs, and my mother and I took Judy to Possibilities for a little hometown shopping.

Mike and I made a special visit to see Grandpa in Superior before picking up Grandma for dinner. It is always nice to spend time with Grandpa. He’s always appreciative of a visit and a good story.

Back in Mankato, Ron, Judy, Grandma , Aunt Barbara, my parents, Mike and I, and - don’t forget the three dogs - all gathered around to give thanks, make a champagne toast, and dig in to our feast.

The food was wonderful as always, and everyone was left groaning and shoving their plate away. I think that’s a good thing on Thanksgiving. I always eat waaay too much sweet potato casserole, but I love it so much, it’s always worth it.  

A big thank you to my parents for hosting such a warm, welcoming, and delicious Thanksgiving. It was a very special celebration!
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