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Turkey Day & A Hidden Gem.

It’s December!!! While our tree isn’t up quite yet, the holiday movies are being watched and Christmas music has been on replay. I cannot wait to bake some cookies this weekend, watch Elf with my sister and maybe get outside and enjoy the six inches of snow we’re supposed to get tomorrow (though, this IS Ohio so the weather predictions change on a daily basis…we’ll see.)

Anyways-before I get ahead of myself with all of the December excitement-I wanted to recap the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend I just experienced. I’m not just saying this but I think this Thanksgiving was my best one yet.

Marty and I began the day by running in the Columbus Turkey Trot. This was my second year running and Marty’s first (it was also the first race we ran together! Whoo-hoo!)Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetTurkey Trot 2013

As I’m sure you’ve seen from other Thanksgiving races, it was quite a cold day. Frigid to be more exact. I think the temperature was somewhere around 20 degrees and lingered there for most of the day.

The race took me longer than I originally expected. I was around fifty-eight minutes for the five miles (around a 11:40 pace.) I was hoping for a 10:30 pace but, hey, we’ll blame it on the low temperatures. ;)

After the Turkey Trot, we headed to my aunt’s house in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was thrilled to spend the day with my side of the family this year (last year we were with Marty’s family.)

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My aunt has the most perfect house for hosting Thanksgiving. So much charm.

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Before the feast began, the women took part in a creative game my aunt created while the men watched football. Would they really be doing anything else??
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I didn’t capture a picture of my plate plates; however, I did get a nice shot of dessert.

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After a truly wonderful day we headed back to Columbus so I could wake up early and steal a few Black Friday deals. (Side Note: I’m embarrassed to admit that I stood in line for 70 minutes at Old Navy with my sister. Hey – we got some great deals and we enjoyed one anothers’ company. That’s all that matters…right?)

On Saturday, we headed to the Morgan House for our traditional day after Thanksgiving brunch (we had to push it back a day since my mom ended up having to work on Friday.) Our group typically consists of my mom, sister and aunt (mom’s sister); however, my aunt is in Europe this year so we invited along my dad’s sisters and their daughters.

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Our trip to the Morgan House is one of my favorite traditions of the year. Not only do I love spending time with my mom and sister but it’s hard not to catch the Christmas spirit when walking throughout this hidden gem.  (Another side note: The Morgan House is located in the suburb of Dublin, Ohio, about twenty minutes from downtown Columbus. Once a log cabin owned by a civil war veteran; the ‘house’ is quite different now as it consists of mini boutiques throughout eighteen thousand square feet of beauty and charm.)

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So there you have a recap of my Thanksgiving weekend 2013. I hope you all had just as wonderful of a time. Let the countdown to Christmas begin…

Do you have a ‘hidden gem’ like the Morgan House in your town? If so, please share! Marty and I would love to add it to our list of places to see throughout the U.S. (or overseas ;) )

18 comments on “Turkey Day & A Hidden Gem.

  1. lifefullofjules
    December 18, 2013

    Your pictures are so beautiful!

  2. Andrea @ Andrea out loud!
    December 10, 2013

    Everything about this is just so festive! I love it!

  3. quartercenturysouthernliving
    December 10, 2013

    Oh my gosh, your race sounds so chilly!! I am impressed that you got out there and ran it :) I love all your Thanksgiving pictures! The Morgan House sounds absolutely adorable! I love going to charming and unique places like that!!

  4. Corrie Anne
    December 10, 2013

    The Morgan house looks so fun!!! It’s not really hidden, but I love taking people to the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver.

  5. Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet
    December 9, 2013

    Aww you guys are just super cute! Turkey trott?! Sounds like fun, I’ve never heard of that til this year from random bloggers. :)

  6. Stephanie @ My Freckled Life
    December 9, 2013

    Looks like a great Thanksgiving weekend!! And no shame in an Old Navy Black Friday Line! Last year my Father-in-law had to stand in the Victoria’s Secret line for like 2 hours by himself, holding undergarments and yoga pants for 4 of us, while we shopped throughout the rest of the mall!

  7. IHeartVegetables
    December 9, 2013

    Oh my gosh you are so cute! I LOVE your photos! They’re so pretty :) I can’t wait to come back to Columbus for Christmas! We will definitely have to get coffee or something!

  8. Life After Swimming
    December 8, 2013

    Awesome job on the turkey trot! You are awesome :) That dessert looks pretty awesome, too!

  9. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    December 7, 2013

    I haven’t watched ANY HOLIDAY MOVIES YET or LISTENED TO ANY HOLIDAY MUSIC YET!! Gahhh!!! I am FAILING at XMAS right now! LOL! But…. I will be baking a GiGi- Approved HOLIDAY COOKIE this Thursday and will post the recipe video either the week after next, or right before XMAS!!!!! I am pumped :)

  10. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    December 6, 2013

    Love all of these pictures! Our hidden gem in Charlottesville is some of the hikes. Even though we are in the smaller mountain peaks, there are some awesome hikes here!

  11. Holly J
    December 6, 2013

    I love all these photos. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  12. Madison @ Eating 4 Balance
    December 6, 2013

    Your photography keeps on getting better and better Diania. They are all amazing in this post!

    I’ve never heard of the Morgan House before! I am sending this post to my mom now– I would love to go there this year. Is it open year round or is it seasonal?

    We have a cute place called Parsley Pot near where I live and it’s a large barn that has been converted into a store. It smells amazing in there with all of their candles and seasonings. They sell wreaths, plants, decorations, garden trinkets, etc. It is so cozy in there. I love it.

  13. Brittany
    December 6, 2013

    I love that you two were finally able to run a race TOGETHER!! So magical!! This hidden gem of yours looks like so much fun!! Gorgeous photos as always!

  14. kelsie@chasingtheom
    December 6, 2013

    Sounds like a great holiday! I have two sisters, and I can relate to how great it is to get together with them.
    And beautiful photography by the way:)

  15. Megan @ Meg Go Run
    December 5, 2013

    The Morgan House looks beautiful. :) I am not aware of any hidden gems like this in my area (Central PA). There are some wineries around here that are gorgeous, though, and they have Christmas lights up. :)

  16. passporttobliss
    December 5, 2013

    The Morgan House looks like so much fun! I don’t think I could leave empty handed! :)

  17. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    December 5, 2013

    Your Thanksgiving weekend sounds great. That doberman is so cute! Also, good job on the turkey trot. Even if it wasn’t the time you were looking for, you should still be proud that you ran a race on Thanksgiving!

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