Happy Thanksgiving! This is actually the second Thanksgiving that my boy and I have spent together, which makes me kind of giddy. 😝 Last year, we did Thanksgiving at my apartment, and I went a little overboard with food (see here & here), haha. Even though I love cooking and hosting, this holiday is about giving thanks and spending time with family, so it was amazing that I got to go home to New Jersey with my boy this year. We had so much fun with his family, playing board games, eating cheese and drinking wine. We actually end up playing board games I’ve never played as a kid every time we visit his parents, which is kind of cool. I’m SUPER competitive, but I’m pretty lucky to have him, who is MUCH uglier in competitions than I am. So by comparison I don’t seem so bad. (I’m still pretty bad.) 🤔 I was actually letting loose so much that I got a liiiiittle wine drunk (oops!) and had a post-turkey nap in midst of watching Zoolander after dinner. We woke up to pie, ice cream and bringing 3 pounds of leftovers back to the city. Probably the most perfect Thanksgiving I could’ve asked for, haha. 🙂
We went out to take pictures in the morning at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. I absolutely adore his little town; it’s so quaint and proper, surrounded by grasslands and miles and miles of forest. The trees are definitely bare at this time of year, but the air still feels so crisp, which is amazing. It’s a perfect escape from the city. His town is so beautiful and such a different idea of home than the one I grew up with, being a city girl and I’m so thankful I’m able to share this with him.
In the spirit of giving thanks, I obviously have to address all of you. At this time last year, I hadn’t even started a blog yet. Which, now that I think back, feels absolutely insane — because why didn’t I?! I’m so thankful for every With Waikei reader and for everyone who constantly leaves nice comments and supports me on Instagram. I love you guys so much and I love all the friendships I’ve developed through connecting with you guys on socials. I know it’s not usual to have found so many of you in such a short time, but I can only hope we can continue to build and grow over the years to come! ❤️✨