Thanksgiving | A New Family

Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday, but this year I fell in love with an aspect I’d never before appreciated about the holiday: family time simply centered around slowing down from the busyness of life to be together.

I clearly married into the right family, because at 7:30 on Thanksgiving morning we were all up gearing up for the 5K Turkey Trot. Michael’s cousin, Max, won 1st place overall and Michael came in 2nd. I’m still a little dumbfounded that a lady wearing a ‘regular bra’, tight pink pajama pants, and HER HAIR DOWN won 1st. I crossed the finish line at 23:18 beating my high school Cross Country record. (But who said I was competitive?)

I love going to Charlotte because it feels like a vacation. Mr. and Mrs. Dean always make us feel right at home. Mr. Dean and I share a sweet tooth in common and he stocks the  pantry with candy, cookies, etc. Mrs. Dean is such a great cook and she makes it appear effortless. Michael and I love being married and his family is such an added bonus!

My sister and law, Jordan, & I are good at many things:

one being ironing…

And another CRAFTING!

Unfortunately…the grass behind the Deans is now a little silver…because apparently the point of the cardboard was to avoid staining the grass. Oops.

I love The Deans. We’re back in Nashville and I hung the joy sign I made above our mirror.

And now Christmas is coming! Joy!

Life as a MRS | A New Family

Just two months ago, I put on a white dress and stood in front of friends and family — joined lives with Michael – and at the end of the day, became a Dean!

Several friends have asked me, ”What is the best part of marriage so far?” and My answer? Living life with and walking beside your best friend. It brings incomparable joy. What could be better? 

Along with my amazing husband, came his wonderful family — The Deans. Sometimes God knows just what we need. I am truly blessed now be a part of such a great group of people with the last name Dean. Last night was a big night for two reasons: #1 our 2 month anniversary! and #2 My in-laws and sister-in-law came to visit us in Nashville for the first time.

Before they came, I miraculously found my hostess, decorator, cook, and maid hat and went to town. My hubby laughed because I cleaned so thoroughly, I broke a serious sweat. {Mom, I blame you for making me notice dirty baseboards!:)}

Last night, I did not burn anything and successfully baked a delicious meal only completed by peach cobbler! I cannot believe how far I’ve come from day 1 and 2 of married life. If you missed the stories, click HERE to read.

Look at all the DEANS!