a happy turkey weekend

**Pictures, pictures, pictures!!**

ok, so I know I have more honeymoon pics to post and stories to tell, but since I finally got a new computer, I’m going to jump into a Thanksgiving post to catch us all up 🙂  Since Katie (also a nurse) had to work Thanksgiving this year, we divided up Thanksgiving dinners with families between Wednesday and Thursday.  This year was also new in that we are officially married into new families now.  Luckily, this holiday worked out pretty smoothly.  We decided to do a Graves family dinner on Wednesday (which included Katie and Chuck), and then mom, Dwayne, Emily, Greg and I drove to Georgia Wednesday evening to join the Boggs family Thanksgiving for the weekend.  Mom whipped up a quick meal of honey ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, rolls, and cheesecake for dinner. It was DELICIOUS!  And we all actually sat around the dining room table and ate together.  (for those of you who don’t know, our dining room table has not been sat at as one big family since I was probably 14 years old.) We always did holidays at my Nana’s house.  And then last year was our first set of holidays without my dear Nana, so we didn’t really know how to do Thanksgiving and Christmas, and so we joined up with the Boggs and Abbey families (mine and Katie’s in-laws).  So, it was nice this year to finally have a Graves family holiday again.

Wednesday evening after Thanksgiving dinner #1, we headed off to Greensboro, GA to Greg’s parents house.  They live on Lake Oconee and have a beautiful home!  There were so many people at their Thanksgiving gathering.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles, 6 cousins, and of course our family.

 Emily and me
 Mama and Dwayne 🙂
 happy Thanksgiving, hubs!
check out this turkey!!!
  
there was so much turkey, but we gobbled it up!  😉
our first Thanksgiving

After we let our food settle for a bit, we decided to drive over to the Ritz Carlton and go ICE SKATING! It was sooo much fun!!!  Considering our group consisted of about 20 people, 15 of which decided to skate, we basically took over the ice rink.  We were having races, practicing our spins, doing a little dancing, even did a little game of limbo….we definitely had the most fun of anyone out on the ice.  I’ve always thought that the Graves family was silly and crazy most the time.  With 3 girls in the house and a mom that is honestly one of our best friends, it’s always a good time.  Well, it was fun realizing that the Boggs family is just as silly and crazy. When they all get together, it’s like no one else in the room exists.  Everyone is just having a good time!  The pictures pretty much speak for themselves…  🙂
 have I told you before how fun my mom is?  Yep, she and my mother-in-law were out there on the ice just like the rest of us!
 the gang out on the ice
 we made a train….of course
 even aunt Kim got out on the ice for a quick spin!
 Kim and her boys

Then, if all that wasn’t enough, Mr. Boggs, Greg, Tyler, Jackson, Emily and myself headed out to Best Buy for some black Friday shopping.  Doors opened at midnight, and we got there around 10pm.  We froze our toes and fingers to death, but we stuck it out, and I finally got a new computer!!!  They were troopers!