Happy Thanksgiving

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. My roommates and I went to my parents’ house to celebrate with the traditional Thanksgiving meal. My sister was there, as well as my Aunt Terri, Uncle Rich, and cousins Kate and Jake. It was so fun and the meal was delicious. There was so much good food and laughter. My contribution to the food was macaroni and cheese (I’m told it’s a southern thing to have mac ‘n cheese at Thanksgiving…who knew?) and a chocolate chip pie (or as Keri calls it, a chocolate chip cookie dough pie). I was a little nervous about the mac ‘n cheese because I’ve made it one other time, and I really didn’t like the outcome. This recipe was way simpler and in my opinion very good. You can find it here.

Roommate picture before the meal.
Roommate picture before the meal.
That table decorated by my mom.
The table decorated by my mom.
Pre-meal group selfie with my sis and roommates.
Pre-meal group selfie with my sis and roommates.

After the meal, we lounged, which was delightful. The men watched football and the women made gingerbread houses. Unfortunately, I must have made my roof too heavy and my house imploded, but the others turned out great.

After my gingerbread house imploded, I participated in the festivities from the couch in the living room.
After my gingerbread house imploded, I participated in the festivities from the couch in the living room.
The completed houses of Melissa, Keri, and Jen.
The completed houses of Melissa, Keri, and Jen.

After the guests left, my parents, Melissa and I, decided to watch the movie “The Giver.” If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s definitely a movie that will make you think about the grander purpose in life and was a perfect Thanksgiving movie.

All-in-all it was a great day. My brothers were not there, but thankfully we’ll all be together in less than a month to celebrate Christmas. Speaking of brothers… My brother Trevor is in an a cappella group at BYU called Beyond Measure. Yesterday his group released a new music video. At some point during the music video, they all hold up a sign of what they are thankful for. My brother is at the very, very end. So when they stop singing, keep watching!

I posted again on The Faith Friends. This time my post was on thoughts I’ve been having related to true gratitude. You can read it here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go eat some pie for breakfast 🙂

A Moment To Remember Our Veterans

Last week we celebrated Veterans’ Day. To commemorate those who have served our nation, my friends and I went to the World War II Memorial in Washington DC to welcome veterans who came to see the memorial for the first time through the Honor Flight program. Below are some pictures I took while we were there. Standing across from us while we welcomed the veterans were these sweet kids from Lake Braddock Secondary School. It made my heart warm to watch their eyes light up each time they shook a veteran’s hand and with gratitude said, “thank you for your service.” I hope that when I have children, I can teach them to truly love, honor, and respect those who have fought for our freedoms as these kids did.

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Veterans’ Day happened to fall the day after it was one of my scheduled days to post on The Faith Friends blog. My post was about a very special veteran I met ten years ago. You can view the post here.

End of October Moments

I feel like 2014 has flown by. It’s hard to believe in some ways that there are only two months left in this year. Right now I am enjoying my favorite season – fall. Although, I feel like the weather has been quite inconsistent. Some days it’s super hot and other days it’s very chilly.

Last Saturday was one of the more warm days. It was also the Ghost 5K in Leesburg. My sister started a tradition with her friends of running in this costume 5K each year. I’ve participated for the last two years. This year’s group was a little smaller than normal. Below is a picture of those of us who participated. I was a bumble bee. Last year, I was a college student. I wore a Harvard sweatshirt, glasses, and ran with my backpack on. I was told that wasn’t a very creative costume since I could in actuality be a college student, so this year I tried to be a little more creative (a big thanks should go to my coworker who provided me with this costume).



I am not the biggest fan of running, but was grateful the weather was nice for this run. As a side note, my friend started a blog called “The Faith Friends,” and she asked me to be a contributor. I post every other Wednesday. Last week I posted two lessons I learned about life and faith while running this race. You can check it out here.

Last Sunday we celebrated the fall birthdays of the VA/DC Morgans and Wagners. My dad, Ross, and Carl all had birthdays in October. And Morgan and Tyler had their birthdays in September. It was a really fun night! I appreciate living so close to both my immediate and some of my extended family. We had delicious asian cuisine followed by pie. Below is a group selfie Carl took at the dining room table as we were all eating together.