Well here we are, the last day of the #bloglikecrazy challenge! I went home to New Jersey for 11 days and completely abandoned the blog. I had every intention of waking up each morning, logging my miles, then sitting down to blog with a cup of coffee in the presence of five puppies. To say that life got in the way is a complete understatement. The trip did not turn out quite as planned, but I choose to focus on our happier moments. So here is my belated Thanksgiving post – Sylvan Road Trip edition:
Friends I am so thankful that I got to see many of my old friends during my time home. I have lived away from NJ for so long, but I love how I can come back and pick up right where I left off with my friends. One of my goals to complete before 2012 is to keep in touch with friends more, and I really made an effort to do so while at home. Zack and I got to catch up with our old Ruby Tuesday gang, eat a quintessential NYC brunch with one of my best friends from high school, and hang out with his best friend and fiance.
Family We hadn’t seen our families in 14 months, so it was important to spend a lot of quality time with them. Zack and I scheduled our visit almost down to the hour. We stayed with my parents and had an absolute blast watching the Iron Bowl, stuffing ourselves with my mom’s incredible Thanksgiving dinner, and catching up. Nearly every day was spent driving to a different home to visit with cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. I’m thankful that we made time to see everyone and for all the love and support that they give us from so far away.
Zack got news right before we left for our trip that his dad was diagnosed with late stage cancer. We are extremely happy that we got to spend time with him and support him.
New Jersey/New York You know the saying “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone?” Zack and I feel this way every time we go home. We discover new aspects of Princeton to appreciate, and fall in love all over again with our favorite haunts. I am ashamed to admit that I know very little about New York City despite all of my family being from there and having worked there. So we spent a day in NYC pretending to be tourists and hit some sights we’ve never been to – the High Line, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the World Trade Center memorial. I feel very fortunate that I was raised in such a kickass part of the country.
Homecoming Zack and I were sad to leave NJ, despite everything negative that happened. We came home exhausted physically and mentally but determined to still host our supper club’s Thanksgiving dinner. Good food and great friends was exactly what we needed. We laughed, we drank, we shared two weeks worth of exciting news. I am so, so thankful for our Birmingham family and all the love we have here!
Here are a few more pictures of our adventures for your viewing pleasure: