Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving was so wonderful this year. Aaron and I took a bus into NYC on Tuesday night, and due to some bad weather and bad traffic, we didn’t make it into Allison and Jordan’s apartment until 2:30 AM, which as Jordan told us, is about the time that people start going out to party. Crazy New Yorkers.
On Thanksgiving morning, we decided to be adventurous and force ourselves head out to see the Macy’s Day Parade. It was quite brisk freezing, but we did our best to stay warm by making snide comments about all of the annoying people who were spilling coffee on our feet and letting their kids run around the crowds. Don’t judge.
Can you tell how excited Aaron was to get up early and watch the parade? What a trooper.
Jordan and Allison were doing a bit better with the cold than we were. Allison and I always looked forward to watching the parade each year, and we really wanted to take this opportunity when we could!
The floats were soooooo much bigger than I imagined when I watched it online! It was really windy that morning so they flew the floats much lower to the ground.
One of the highlights for me was seeing Jimmy Fallon on the Sesame Street float. (I circled him in red in the picture.) I think he’s hilarious!

We ended up leaving after about an hour because we couldn’t feel our toes anymore. But we had the experience, and that’s the most important thing!

The rest of the day was spent in Thanksgiving meal preparations. We made sooooooo much food, and Allison was so sweet and willing to accommodate my food allergies, which means making everything from scratch. None of us had prepared a turkey ourselves before, so we had some great instructions from my dad, and we improvised a little bit. Yes, we used a blow dryer to dry the turkey, but only because all of the dish towels were already dirty! It did the job.
We made a beautiful sausage, apple, and cranberry stuffing. I loved that one.
Their first official turkey! So adorable.
Even Elliott was invited to enjoy some Thanksgiving deviled eggs, which he scoffed at like the little snob he is ;)
On Friday, we did a little Black Friday shopping (unintentionally, I swear!) and saw Catching Fire in the theater. What a luxury to watch a movie only a weekend after it comes out! Living large. Later that night, we met up with Jordan’s family who came in from Connecticut to see the beautiful shop windows on 5th Avenue and finishing off with an amazing burger. This picture cracks me up. So accurate of all of our emotions at that point!
Saturday morning, we went to Brooklyn to walk around a flea market. It was so much fun! Jordan got this waaaay cool leather jacket, and Aaron and I decided to buy an antique map of New Mexico, starting our eventual collection of maps we hope to display!
After that, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, something Aaron has been looking forward to since he read a book about it called, “The Great Bridge,” by David McCullough. It was surprisingly warm on the walk, and absolutely stunning.
We went to church with Jordan and Allison and took the 6 o’clock bus back to DC. Sigh. We had so much fun in NYC, and we absolutely loved seeing their home and the city they love so much. Who knew that after growing up in Nebraska, both of us would end up living in 2 of the biggest cities in the country, living the dream.
I’m so blessed to have my amazing siblings, my best friends who are always there for me. Love you, guys.

4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2013”

  1. hal says:

    Glad that you were able to share this time together. Didn’t I always say that you and your siblings would be best friends?

    1. Rachel Taylor says:

      You were right, as always :) Love you!

  2. Summer says:

    What a party! That looks awesome.

    1. Rachel Taylor says:

      Ain’t no party like a Bailey reunion party!

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