This year on Thanksgiving I felt as if I had a lot more to be thankful for than usual. A lot of milestones and life changing events have happened in the last year. Between graduating college, getting an amazing job, and moving out to Colorado with my other half, this year has tested me and brought me so much joy in ways that I never thought possible. The biggest life change that has happened this year was me moving away from everything I have known. Though I have been extremely busy and barely have time to stop and think about how much I miss home, I am always thinking about how much more aware I am that I am one lucky girl to have such amazing family and friends. When you are constantly around the ones you love, you sometimes lose sight of how thankful you are to have them around. You just kind of assume that they will always be there. No matter what.
About two weeks ago, some of my family flew in to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving weekend with me. It had been almost 4 months since I had seen them in person, so to say that I was extremely excited was a bit of an understatement. It was apparent that I had missed them terribly the last few months, but it really seemed to hit me harder once I pulled up to the airport and hugged them tightly in my arms. Even when I had them around for a few days, I still felt the feeling of missing them. Every time my sister would laugh, or when my little brother would crack a joke, or when my Mom would tell me that she loved me…it made me realize how much I missed having them around in my every day life. I was a bit sad that I wasn’t able to see my entire family over the holidays, but I am thankful that I got to see some. It really meant a lot to me, and I didn’t really know how much I needed it until they arrived.
We spent the holiday weekend enjoying the beautiful Colorado weather. For most of the time that they were here, it was between 50-70 degrees. That was quite the change for them since they came from Minnesota (where the temperatures always seem to be below zero). One day we even took a trip to the Garden of the Gods. None of us have ever been, so it was quite the experience. It was amazing to see nature at it’s finest in such beautiful rock formations. We spent the time goofing around, climbing rocks, taking family pictures, and enjoying the scenery. It was a fun new experience for all of us, and I was glad that I got to share it with the ones that I love the most!
| My Outfit |
For my family picture outfit, I decided to go for more of a casual-chic look. I based my outfit around these amazing printed soft pants. The colors and the the texture of the pants complimented the rustic rock sculptures beautifully. I paired the pants with a classic chunky sweater, my new favorite blanket scarf, and some statement flats!
| Kassie’s Outfit |
Kassie mixed a few pieces of my wardrobe with her own to create a fabulous outdoorsy-chic look. This navy flannel paired perfectly with the fur-collared bronze vest that she selected. She then elevated her look with some form fitting Hudson jeans and the most amazing fringe booties!
After a long day of hiking and picture taking, of course we had to fuel up with some Freddy’s. It was the first time that my family had experienced its deliciousness. We all got big juicy burgers with extra cheese and a ton of fries. If that isn’t the perfect way to end the day, I don’t know what is!!!
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