Thanksgiving Photo Diaries

“Don’t forget to set your scales back ten pounds this week”


I got a really great response from our Wedding Diaries series… Either that or you’re all nosy “hate readers” 😉 HA! Either way, my Google Analytics numbers went up so it’s obviously striking some sort of emotional chord! I’ve therefore decided to exploit my personal life for the sake of analytics inject more of a personal tone into this wee, little blog of mine!! All jokes aside, it’s hard to translate actual “human” connection through a computer – or mobile – screen so my HOPE is that by sharing our photo diaries on more of a regular basis, I’ll feel more… Real? Human? Authentic? I’m not entirely sure what the word is… but I think ya know what I mean! Enjoy!

Our Thanksgiving Photo Diaries

Fall is by FAR my favourite time at the cottage. Bonfires, cider, fall foliage… it’s a true basic **** paradise. Ever since I was a little kid, we’ve always celebrated Thanksgiving up North, whether that be at my grandparent’s farm or the cottage. When my cousins & I were little, my grandma used to have this incredible garden at their farm. She ALWAYS grew pumpkins for each of her grandchildren & on Thanksgiving we all got to pick one to take home. We’d play baseball or football by day & stuff our faces by night. Sometimes my grandpa would take all of us little kidlets on a tractor ride through their forest; it’s truly one of my favourite childhood memories by FAR!

Thanksgiving is a tad bit different now…. the grandkids now have kids of their own & the tractor is long gone BUT our Thanksgiving is still magical nonetheless!

Below are some of my favourite memories from Thanksgiving 2019!

***Ps. Having now put this “Photo Diaries” together – I’m retrospectively realizing that these were pretty much ALL posted to my Stories – whoopsie doodle – I’ll make more of an effort to incorporate photos that you actually haven’t seen on the next one!***


Our big Thanksgiving Dinner with the Linton side of the family was on Saturday! My parents hosted at our cottage this year, & I was in charge of décor & charcuterie: arguably the two most important components of Thanksgiving… in my opinion!

The kid’s table above & the adult’s below… & by “kids” I mean twenty and thirty-something grown adults.

The fall foliage pretty much turns everything golden up North; especially when the sun hits it just right. I feel like I’m trapped in a Group of Seven painting & I’m one hundred percent okay with that.

Apple cider, & cinnamon or apple whiskey is a MUST during Thanksgiving…. really gets you into the “spirit” of the holidays. See what I did there?

Our neighbor came over with her horse Spirit! She is just the most beautiful & majestic creature… a few of us even got to ride her!!

Post-turkey sweat session. The outdoor sauna is probably my favourite part of the whole cottage! I’m definitely out there at LEAST once per day – it’s soooooo relaxing & helps ease any anxieties or stress. It also helps to detox from all of the holiday wine 😉

Thanksgiving up North is always magical & I’m already counting down the days ’til next year.


A family friend on the lake was hosting a surprise 50th birthday for one of our OTHER family friend’s on the lake. We hopped on the boat & took off on an extremely cold boat ride across the bay.

It was WELL worth it because 10 long, treacherous minutes later…. we were greeted with Caesars’ & bonfires. AKA. the best – & most Canadian – day ever.

This chili cheese dog was EPIC. There were several gourmet dog toppings lined up & we got to concoct our own fun, little creations.

PS. How cute is this grilled cheese & tomato soup app?! I seriously wish I’d thought of this for our winter wedding it would have been PERFECT.



We made our way back to the city on Monday for Thanksgiving with Andrei’s side of the family! I love how festive the table was!

We ate LOTS of turkey, drank wine, went on a long walk & finished it all off with pumpkin carving & It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It was pretty much a PERFECT Thanksgiving weekend!

How was your Thanksgiving?!



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