Excuse my tardiness but I've been busy enjoying the holidays!
First of all, a couple weekends ago we were lucky enough to devour Jess' amazing cooking for a Friendsgiving event! Lo and Kell also came all with our hungry husbands in tow, and we enjoyed a delicious meal, many bottles of wine, and a lot of laughs over netty pots and constipation. I love that I have inappropriate friends to share nurse humor with .
For real Thanksgiving we went up north to Two Harbors to spend the weekend with hubby's family.
Again, the food was amazing- a turkey dinner is one of my absolute favorite meals in the whole world. And if there's gravy involved I literally cannot control myself. I.Love.Gravy.
And my thanksgiving tradition is French silk pie. Ever since we started doing Ortman Thanksgivings though we've always had to remember to pick one up because apparently that's not a normal thanksgiving dessert?
You wouldn't know by how fast it was gobbled up though!
We did do some black Friday shopping. I did it for the first time in Duluth 2 years ago with Pete's mom and sister because we all thought we'd just see what it was like. And we had a lot of fun.
So we decided to go out again this year. We went out at like 7am and the crowds were really not bad at all and ended up shopping for like 5 hours. And we scored a lot of deals. And I feel like I should be ashamed but I really love shopping.
I've only ever been to Younker's in Duluth (do they have them anywhere else?) on black Friday--always a NUT house but they have the best stuff!!
Of course no Ortman weekend is complete without at least one night at the shack.
We chopped a little wood for our heat source (wood burning stove-very necessary when you're in the middle of the woods) and had turkey soup with a side of turkey. And turkey the next day.
And with 9 people plus a baby and a toddler in a small unheated, unlit cabin- Syndal did not get any sleep that night.
Before we left the woods we went out in search of a Christmas tree.
Hubby chopped it down and the rest of the fam picked theirs out.
And we hauled away 5 trees, with one left to chop near the house.
mom and dad in-law with their tree.
And yes, Minnesotans dress as sexy lumberjacks.
After hot showers and a quick nap we met the grandparents for dinner and then we went to Bentleyville Tour of lights in Duluth!
It was overly crowded and everybody was cranky, but when we walked in and there was a really sweet proposal happening among all the Christmas lights, I think everyone was put in a happy holiday mood. For a little bit.
The shack in lights!
On sunday morning we tied up our tree and hit the road home.
And now we have our first Christmas tree in our new house.
Before we know it it'll be the new year!