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Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my American readers! I’ve had itchy feet lately and have been counting down the days to my next big adventure, but this past Thursday I was so grateful that I’ve delayed my travels in order to be home for the holidays. I have so much to be grateful for, it’s almost ridiculous, and I teared up at the dinner table trying to put it all into words when it was my turn to give thanks.

Thanksgiving is the biggest and most beloved holiday in my house, and missing it last year when I was in Vietnam broke my heart. I know that with my nomadic lifestyle I won’t always be able to spend these special days with family and friends, so I really cherish it now when I do.

Photo A

Week 76

My mom does a beautiful job with out table and name cards. I love the photo on the right because it commemorates that my Grandma Joyce made the trip out to spend the holiday with us this year!

Photo B

Thanksgiving in Albany

We’re not really a football family. Instead, we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Westminster Dog Show, and do a puzzle.

Photo C

Week 76

It wouldn’t be a holiday in the Allen-Baackes house if we didn’t (A) dress up our dog, or (B) dress up ourselves. Tucker was pretty put-out about not being allowed human food, though.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

A few other notes to share this week….

• inspired me more than anything I’ve read lately. I love this quote especially:

You won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you. So travel, young person. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion. While you still can.

Do not squander this time. You will never have it again. You have a crucial opportunity to invest in the next season of your life now. Whatever you sow, you will eventually reap. The habits you form in this season will stick with you for the rest of your life. So choose those habits wisely.

• I’m blabbing over at Eagle Creek on ! My mom and sister will tell you I’m an expert at this.

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17 Comments...
  • Diana
    November 25 2012

    It is nice to be home for the holidays, especially since it appears you have a great relationship with your family. Happy belated Thanksgiving. 🙂 P.S. Your dog is soooo cute!

    • Meihoukai
      November 25 2012

      Thanks Diana! Yes, I am lucky to have a great relationship with my family. Well… maybe don’t ask my mom’s opinion on the whole thing, as I’ve been overstaying my welcome a bit crashing with her lately 🙂

  • Olivia
    November 25 2012

    CLEARLY photo B takes the win this week… anything that highlights my superior puzzling skills…

  • Dad
    November 25 2012

    clearly C…..two handsome dudes in T-day gear….I mean no contest

    • Meihoukai
      November 25 2012

      My two favorite male immediate-family members 🙂

    • chet
      November 26 2012

      John, you work hard and you play hard. You’re also a good sport. Happy Holidays.

  • Elaine Burr - Gram E
    November 25 2012

    I pick them all !!! What’s not to like?

    • Meihoukai
      November 25 2012

      What’s not to like — the fact that YOU weren’t there 😉

  • Linda
    November 25 2012

    C. Your dad looks hysterical, the black and white image and the color only the “turkey costumes”.

    • Meihoukai
      November 25 2012

      Dad and Tucker are both pretty good sports when it comes to my incessant photo demands 🙂 Glad you like!

  • I LOVE the pic of your Dad!

    • Meihoukai
      November 25 2012

      I should have guessed that would be your fave — I know we are both Daddy’s girls 🙂

  • Grandma Joyce
    November 25 2012

    A, of course ! Thanks to you and for you !

    • Meihoukai
      November 27 2012

      Thank YOU Gram, hope you got home safe!

  • Rachel
    November 26 2012

    I agree, life is short so let’s enjoy it while we can, let’s experience things and go to different places.. Because when we grow old we won’t be able to do things normally only young people could do. Btw, your dog is so cute and love the headband. 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      November 27 2012

      I’ll tell him you said so 🙂 Thanks!