Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

Hello, friends! Anyone else still finding their routine this morning after the long holiday weekend, even though it’s Wednesday already? We have a lot going on this week and weekend, so I’ve tried to be productive every day. This means a lot of work and emails, laundry, a couple decent workouts, and simply getting organized.

I don’t know about all of you, but Thanksgiving weekend simply flew! I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but I wanted to share a few highlights of the Holiday with my family.

On Thanksgiving Day, we participated in the annual local Turkey Trot for the eighth year in a row!

Thanksgiving 2017Turkey Trot 2017

Thanksgiving 2016

Turkey Trot 2016

Thanksgiving 2015

Turkey Trot 2015The Turkey Trot is five miles long, and this year I walked it alongside my mom, while pushing Jack and Savannah and walking Tebow! Tim and my cousin Amanda ran it, and unfortunately my brother and his fiance weren’t able to be there. They were both so missed!

The rest of the day was spent eating the typical Thanksgiving fare and spending time with family. We also always love going through the ads while sipping our coffee and eating dessert. Jack had a blast playing with his cousins, and Savannah slept most of the day. I tried not to blink, because it feels like just yesterday was Jack’s first Thanksgiving. Time, you are truly a thief!

Thanksgiving 2015

Jack and I on Thanksgiving 2015

On Friday we headed out for our traditional Black Friday shopping adventure. Our version of Black Friday though seems to be 1) place online order for items we really want and 2) browse the outlets and malls looking for any deals that tend to stand out. We don’t usually leave until late morning and we just take our time. For us, the outing is less about shopping and buying, and more about the nostalgia of Black Friday shopping and spending the day together. Thankfully this is our expectation since it would be difficult to do a lot of hardcore shopping with a two year old and a two month old!

Black Friday Shopping - Thanksgiving 2017

Black Friday Shopping - Thanksgiving 2017

To backtrack just a little, on Wednesday before Thanksgiving we took the kiddos on a walk. It’s amazing how the weather changed in just a few short days. We went from wearing winter hats and snow suits, to 50 degrees and sunny.

Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

I posted this picture of Savannah on Instagram and got a lot of questions on her hat! It is from Little Bea Boutique on Etsy. A friend of mine, Jamie, crochets custom hats for littles and I bought both Savannah and Jack hats this year. Jack’s is navy blue with a gray stripe, but we save that for outings. I get afraid he will take it off and lose it on our walks to the park, so I usually put an old hat on him instead!

Speaking of beautiful weather, I went on a run with my future sister-in-law on Saturday and it was gorgeous! We left around 11:00am so we could be home in time to shower before the OSU v. Michigan game. We all know how this one ended (Go Bucks!), and we celebrated a win with some yummy football food.

Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

I wanted to add a healthy option to the mix, so I made one of my favorite salad recipes ever.

Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

So, so good! The recipe includes mixed greens, chopped romaine, diced apples, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, Boursin cheese, and an apple cider vinegar dressing. It’s the best and I’ll be eating this salad for lunch all week. No complaints here!

Saturday was full of lounging and football all day, and Sunday was a catch-up day for chores, and helping my mom put away Thanksgiving decorations to make room for Christmas. Tim also ran by our house when he went to the grocery late afternoon, and I was so excited to see stone! We are inching closer to our home being finished, and I’m looking to share more updates early next. We’re almost there!

House Updates

Speaking of upcoming posts, I’ll also be sharing about my new favorite top / sweatshirt / sweater from Pink Blush in an upcoming post. I am obsessed with it and would buy it in every color! (Also, how precious is my Savannah girl. I am so smitten with her!)

PinkBlush Maternity - Jana and Savannah

Gratefulness is a theme I’ve seen in almost every article I’ve read around the Holiday. Practicing thankfulness on an every day basis is something I want to continue to work on and be intentional about each day. As always, I am thankful for all of you who continue to read my blog, follow my journey, and allow me to be me within my posts. I hope you all had a wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving!


  1. Sounds like a great weekend! I agree on the thankfullness- it’s something I try to practice daily!
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