We took Thanksgiving off in a way. We have threatened doing it for three years in a row, but lack of alternative plans and family guilt sinks in. Not that we don't love hosting - and Nates makes one hell of a turkey. Thanksgiving in our family seems, for lack of a better word, the best holiday to take off, which is odd since the idea of the holiday is to surround yourself with family.
As we have all grown and created new families, the holidays also have a way of separating you - new family traditions negotiate with old, new babies create new schedules, and new husbands are eager to try their hand at the Thanksgiving bird.
So we gave it a shot and tried something new. And we loved it.
Thanksgiving Eve we rounded up the troops and met at Cucina Roma to sit in an black leather booth with pasta and wine. Captain brought all the women flowers and flirted with the girls at the booth next to us, giving each lovely lady multiple hugs.
Thanksgiving morning we made a cul-de-sac breakfast, with Nate and Brett making burritos, and Ryan and Jessi a batch of homemade cronuts. We drank coffee in the front yard and watched the boys become super heroes while Maya and River hopped around from house to house as Thanksgiving bunnies (we didn't ask).
And then we did nothing. Literally. Eric and Suz came over with Hunter who I got to love on. The boys played Super Mario Brothers. Nate went for a bike ride and I did a Barre3 online class; we got into an Uber and headed down to Laguna Beach for a four course Thanksgiving dinner while sitting at a table looking right at the ocean. I had a bourbon drink while Nate sipped on a mai tai. We opened a bottle of Rombauer Cabernet and watched the sunset. Captain ate almost an entire cheeseburger with a vanilla ice cream chaser. We ran on the sand while we waited for the car, and we came home to an empty house with no cleanup.
I am still looking forward to a brood of people crowding the kitchen and being inappropriate on Christmas Day. Nate is already working on what type of meat he'll be cooking up on December 25th. And we're also talking about where we're going to camp on our 2nd annual "The Hawleys Take Thanksgiving Off Tour 2017".
Here's to something new.