Our New Thanksgiving Traditions As A Married Couple

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I do love me some Christmas, but Thanksgiving  is my all-time fave.

For Joe and I, this was our second Thanksgiving as a married couple, and one of the things that I love most about married life is that we’re starting to establish our own holiday traditions.

So I thought it’d be fun to recap our Thanksgiving this year, and let you in on what some of those new traditions are.

GetTING to momma’s House Early In the Morning


My parents live about 45 minutes from us, so this Thanksgiving Joe and I woke up bright and early and got to my mom and dad’s around 10am. We normally don’t eat until around 6ish, but that’s okay – I wanted to make sure to spend the whole day together! It’s kind of our thing, and besides, we had a full day of cooking and drinking ahead of us!

WatchING the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

As soon as we got to their house, I grabbed the remote and turned on the parade because it’s not really Thanksgiving unless the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is playing on the tv somewhere. So yea, call me a kid, but I was pretty darn happy watching the floats, the music, and SANTA!!! Hands down, the best way to start off the day.

Cooking (and Cleaning) All Afternoon


There was LOTS to cook and not a ton of time to do it, so as soon as we got to my parents’ we started cooking. Joe and I decided to make mac n cheese this year, and man…it was AMAZING!



My mom had already prepped the turkey earlier that week, but we still had to make corn casserole, mashed potatoes, and apple pie!


As you can imagine, the kitchen was pretty hectic! We had pots and pans all over the place, and there was plenty of dish washing that had to be done.



Normally I would have tried escaping from the kitchen before someone asked me to wash the dishes, but yesterday I was happy to help! I brought my mom some Cascade Platinum ActionPacs, and they made our Thanksgiving clean-up so much easier!


VIP of the kitchen FO SHO!

While Joe was cooking, I started gathering a whole bunch of dirty dishes, and instead of spending ten minutes washing all of them by hand, I threw them in the dishwasher.


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So yea, my fam cooked, I cleaned, and then we all drank lots and lots of wine! Because that’s what we do whenever we all get together!


Family Photos


While we drank our wine and waited for the turkey to be done, we took a whole bunch of family photos. Sure, I had to yell at everyone for fifteen minutes because everyone was on their phone and no one wanted to go outside, but eventually, we made it happen. Yay memories!

Seeeeester and little bro!


Seeeeester and momma!




Me and Joe!




Um, okay. Do you see how delicious that turkey looks? Yea, it was pretty amazing! So amazing that I was in a food coma about 15 minutes after devouring it, but uhhhh so worth it! After a full day of cooking and cleaning, our Thanksgiving meal was finally ready!

I was on a no-carb diet last week, so I inhaled like 3 of these dinner rolls.


And then we had pounds of pumpkin bread and this white-chocolate chex mix concoction which I posted on Instagram earlier today. We make it every year for the holidays and I’m sure I gain about 7 pounds every time.


Joe’s cast-iron skillet mac n cheese was a hit because um…who the heck doesn’t like mac n cheese? Really, my hubby’s got skills in the kitchen. Thank God for that!


Delicious gravy and cranberry sauce!


And then our favorite chocolate pie!


Yea, yesterday was pretty much the best day ever.

Fur Babies Welcome

It’s important to mention that while all of this cooking and cleaning and eating was happening, Graham (my kitty) and Ryder (my sister’s dog) were totally bonding. Our fur babies are basically our children at the moment, so there was no way we were spending Thanksgiving without them.


Once I had eaten my second plate of food, the food coma started to set in and it was time for bed. Since we had spent the entire day drinking, Joe and I crashed at my parent’s house and it was fabulous. No driving. No waiting to get home. I just threw on my PJs and went from the couch to the bedroom. 100% stuffed and 100% satisfied. Couldn’t have asked for a better day!

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Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, and I hope you know how thankful I am for each and every one of you who take the time to be a part of this blog. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season! Now it’s time for some shopping!


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  1. Rachel

    November 26, 2016 at 9:58 am

    A Thanksgiving tradition in my house is going around the table and sharing one thing that you are thankful for.

  2. Kait

    November 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I like this post because this was our first married thanksgiving as well! Nick and I watched the disney’s thanksgiving special and it was sweet! Perfect way to transition to Christmas!

    1. Kayla Cruz

      November 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Yayyy! Happy first married Thanksgiving! OMG totally need to watch that next year! Wishing you guys a wonderful holiday season! xoxox, Kayla

  3. Leyla

    November 26, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I loved the family photos! My family usually does a barbecue and drink some wine!
    It’s funny how on this one day, everyone in the family comes together all over the world.

    1. Kayla Cruz

      November 26, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks, Leyla! Barbecue sounds amazing! And yes, lots and lots of wine is a MUST! Hope you had a wonderful time with your family and friends! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Jackie

    November 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I loved reading about your traditions, it sounds as though you had a wonderful day. This year was my first ever Thanksgiving and I ate way too much but it was worth it!

    1. Kayla Cruz

      November 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Jackie!! Hahaha eating way too much is definitely part of it! Hope you had a great time!

  5. Leslie Soto

    November 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    This was mine and my hubby’s second Thanksgiving as a married couple but our 3rd together. We started the tradition of cooking the entire meal for his family a couple years ago so I spent Tuesday & Wednesday in the kitchen cooking all the side dishes. My hubby does the turkey the night before Thanksgiving though. We had such a wonderful day. It sounds like y’all did, too! This was our first year with a puppy, so she came along with us and had such a great time!

  6. Nicole Martin

    November 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Getting together with family

  7. Kimberly Lewis

    November 27, 2016 at 11:02 am

    It looks like a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  8. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    November 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    The parade is the best 😉 I always have it on in the background of the house while I’m finishing up cooking!

  9. Tee A

    November 28, 2016 at 1:34 am

    We brine our turkey and it comes out soooo moist. We always watch the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving day.

  10. Katie Abell

    November 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I love Thanksgiving…my favorite tradition is to see who can do the best turkey gobble at our dinner table…hilarious!

  11. Eileen D'Costa

    November 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    We love Thanksgiving in our house too!! Love the “Get Your Fat Pants Ready” plaque…

  12. Alex

    November 29, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!! This post just sums it up – food, family and love.

  13. Terry Stevens

    December 1, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Our family really doesn’t have any Thanksgiving Traditions as each year changes as life changes.

  14. Julie @ Millennial Boss

    December 2, 2016 at 1:51 am

    I’m getting married next Friday! Looking forward to our new traditions together. Hilarious that you had to get the fam off the phones to get outside for the pics. That is true life right there!

  15. natasha lamoreux

    December 2, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    We enjoy cooking at home and having family and friends over.

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