This year for Thanksgiving we headed to La Crosse to spend Thanksgiving with Patrick's family. We drove down on Wednesday night after work. We stopped for dinner at a new sub place by our house and traffic was kind of annoying so we didn't end up getting there until around 8pm. That night Patrick went out to a bar from our college days for 25 cent wings and dollar beers.
Thanksgiving morning we were up bright and early for the Turkey Trot. We hadn't pre registered so we got there around 7am for the 8am run. We ended up running into Erin a girl that we both worked with in college. All three of us ran the entire 5 miles together and made pretty good time. We finished in 48 minutes and 28 seconds. I wasn't really feeling it at the end, but Patrick motivated me to keep going:).
After our five mile run we went back to Steve and Sandy's to shower and hang out with Steve's family for a while. Then we were off to Georgia and Rich's for Patrick's family Thanksgiving. We spent the day there eating a tasty meal, watching football and just hanging out.
The next morning we were able to visit our friends Chris and Sammi who recently moved from the cities to the La Crosse area. We saw their new house and all the home projects they have planned. And to cap off our trip we headed to Etrick to take some photos of my friend Katie's one year old girl.
And if that weren't enough on the way home we stopped in Red Wing and checked out their little town Christmas festivities. It was a really neat little event. One of the churches had a live nativity scene, there were sleigh rides with real reindeer and the main event was a parade. We didn't watch the parade, but we did check out quite a few little shops and even bought a couple things. It was a great way to kick off the Christmas season.
We planned on getting our Christmas tree on Saturday, but after being gone for a couple days it ended up being much nicer just relax. On Sunday morning we went to Lowe's and got our tree. This year we got a short tree and it was only $23. Our living space is so small it really is just nicer to have a small tree so that works out well since they are so much cheaper and require less decorating than the taller trees. The tree is pretty similar to last year, except I was very excited to find my red wooden garland from last year's after Christmas sales in our box of Christmas decor. We also added our 2013 ornament to the tree, a grizzly bear eating huckleberries from our trip to Glacier this year.