Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Break

I really enjoy Thanksgiving, not only for being with family & eating lots of food, but also because I actually got 2 days off from work! Since Todd & I both had Thursday and Friday off, we headed up to his hometown on Thursday morning (of course, after I went to a killer hot yoga class) and came back on Saturday morning. Todd is from Leetonia, Ohio, a village about 30 miles south of Youngstown. We got there in the early afternoon on Thursday, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner with Todd's parents and his sister's family. There was a ton of delicious food, which unfortunately means I forgot to take any pictures of our actual Thanksgiving dinner. After dinner though, we sung happy birthday to Todd as he got to blow out the candles on his birthday apple pie.

Todd blowing out the candles

Todd with one of his birthday gifts that I'm very excited about...a place to store our wine corks!

I love cool whip and Todd's mom had cinnamon cool whip, which I had never seen before, so I loaded my pie up with it

The rest of Thanksgiving, we just hung out with family and took it easy. Todd might have had 3 more turkey sandwiches while we were hanging out.

We got up on Friday and ran on the treadmill in the basement. I'm happy to report I ran 1.5 miles pain free! When I went to the doctor earlier in the week, he said I'm okay to start running again and to increase by 1/2 mile at a time. I ran 1 mile a couple times earlier last week so I bumped up to 1.5 miles on Friday. By the time we showered and got ready for the day, it was already lunch time so Todd helped his mom make cabbage & noodles. I'd had this one other time at their house and it is surprisingly very good. We might have to start making it at our place now.

Todd shredding the cabbage

Friday afternoon, Todd, myself, his parents, and his cousins, took a little road trip to Youngstown. I had actually never been there so his dad drove us around and gave me a tour of the city. We first drove through Mill Creek Park, which is the 2nd largest metropark in the U.S. There's a golf course, lots of running trails, and several historical sites, including Lanterman's Mill, a historic landmark built in 1845. We stopped at the Mill to get out and walk around.

The Mill

View of a bridge from the mill

After driving through the park, we drove through downtown Youngstown (a lot nicer than what I expected!) and drove through Youngstown State University's campus. Our last stop was to Rust Belt Brewing Company in the old B&O railroad station building. See what I mean when I say we always stop at a brewery or winery on any trip we go on? Not saying I'm complaining or anything...

Rust Belt Brewing Company

A few of them got tasters of 5 of the beers

Todd & his dad got a few six-packs for later

After arriving back from Youngstown, we enjoyed a big family dinner followed by watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation for the first time this holiday season.

Saturday morning, we got up to do our Insanity workout followed by eating apple pie for breakfast. We left shortly after so we could get back home in time for Todd to watch the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan football game. It was the first time we'd had Thanksgiving together at Todd's parents' house and it was a great weekend!

Yes, I'm aware that all of my pictures from this post are only of Todd, I honestly can't believe we didn't get a single picture together or of the whole family. I blame it on eating too much good food.


Meghan said...

Aww! What an awesome weekend you had! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

Val said...

I'm not sure where I found your blog (someone probably linked to a recipe or something), but I've been reading for a couple of months. You recently mentioned working at PAI and it occured to me that I think I took one of your spinning classes a few months ago. In addition to that coincidence, I grew up 15 min from Leetonia (Crestview schools)and even dispatched for the police dept in Leetonia during/after college part time!