So we took a little vacation this week for our first Thanksgiving together. We went to Northern California to the the Hood-Bezzant cabin off of Lake Almanor, near Chester and Susanville. We left Tuesday afternoon to head up there and got there around one in the morning. We went immediately to sleep and crashed. But as soon as the sun was up Wednesday morning, we were awake. Samuel's mom, Jolene, was up cooking breakfast for everyone. We ate and then got ready for the day. Then we started cooking food for Thanksgiving. We made some pies, stuffing, and a few other things. We played some games, ate lunch and dinner, and just enjoyed the family together. Steve, Jolene's husband, and John, Samuel's brother, had been fishing all morning and brought home a couple of fish to eat. I heard they were pretty tasty. But I didn't eat them. We watched Wall-E that night. I liked it, but I thought it was very political, but still a good movie.
Thursday morning, we woke up and started getting things ready for Thanksgiving and more family started to arrive. Dan (Jolene's brother) and Susan and their kids came and Mark and Julie (Jolene's sister) and their kids were also present, along with their cute dog. I loved playing with their dog, since I haven't seen mine in a while. We had appetizers during the day, and then had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. It is a cabin tradition to have Martenelli's with dinner, so that's what we had. After dinner, we played more games, took naps, and just kind of did whatever for the rest of the night. Before bed, we ate pie and played more games and then headed off to sleep.
Friday morning, we got up and Dan had started making some french toast for breakfast. We then got ready to go up into the forest to cut down our Christmas tree. (another cabin tradition). Jolene also made rice krispie trees that were green and had red hots. They were perfect for the occasion. :D After returning home, we played games, ate, watched some football and got ready to go into Chester. The day after Thanksgiving, Chester does a thing like trick or treating through the stores and you get free food and also a parade. We were in the parade this year. It was actually kind of fun, even though, we were slightly dreading it. We went into a few stores and got cider, peppermint ice cream, meatballs, cookies, etc. It was fun, but we were ready to go home and play some games. We played a lot of games. We then packed that night because we were heading to Rocklin, near Sacramento, the next morning.
Saturday morning, we said bye to everyone and headed to Rocklin, where Sam's dad, John lives. We went over to Glen's house (John's brother) for a really good lunch. Everything was awesome. We also played the Wii and the Wii fit. I really liked the Wii fit. We might invest in one. They were really fun. John's brothers and sisters all chipped and bought each of the couples some really nice casserole dishes, since they couldn't attend our weddings. They were really nice. We then went back to Sam's dad house and looked at pictures of the boys when they were little, played more games, and ate dinner. We stayed in a hotel that night and Sam's little sisters and Suz, (his step mom) made us some little gift baskets. They are so thoughtful.
Sunday morning, we woke up, went to Sacrament meeting, and then headed home. We got home around 9:30, so not too bad. As fun as our trip was, I was still looking forward to heading home. I wanted to sleep in my own bed. I really enjoyed the trip. I enjoyed getting to know more family and getting to meet more family. It was a lot of fun. We are decorating our tree tonight, so I will get pictures up very soon!! Lots of love!! and Happy Holidays!!