I love Thanksgiving! Like seriously love it! As far back as I can remember I used to rush to the TV on Thanksgiving morning to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade at 9am on the dot. I would watch all the Broadway shows and marching bands, enjoy the balloons and one year I even got to see the parade in person (its true what everyone says btw, it’s so much better on TV!) And oh do I love the food!!! I love the cranberry sauce and the brussel sprouts. I love the apple pie. I love the stuffing and sometimes I even love the turkey (when I make Ina’s herb mustard recipe, cuz if you ask people to be honest, let’s face it, not many people actually like turkey). I love Thanksgiving because it is a day off from school and work (for most of us anyway) without the pressures of Yom Tov or Shabbos. I love the cooking, I love the sitting around the table with family and friends, like I said, I just LOVE Thanksgiving!
I love reading the Thanksgiving issues of my favorite food magazines that come out in October every year with a new exciting way to cook your turkey (but does the meal ever really change?) Those magazines symbolize the start of fall for me, in the same way that seeing pumpkin spice flavored everything does for everyone else. Fall is my absolute favorite season! I love the rustling of the leaves and the cool crisp air and I love that I get to wear my favorite puffy vest. I could really go on and on, but I will get to the point, which is how we will G-d willing be spending Thanksgiving this year.
Our plan like every year was to go to the big family get together, but that all changed about a month ago when I got an email with a coupon for Camelback resort. I didn’t pay it much mind since the coupons are usually for days that would be impossible for us to go. But then I noticed that the night before Thanksgiving was hundreds of dollars less than usual! So I quickly WhatsApp’d my husband asking him what he thought about the idea. It would mean ditching our regular family get together, it would mean no turkey and sides, it would mean spending the day with just us and the kids, what do you think? His response, “BEST IDEA EVER”!!!!!
We both agreed that it would be a great idea, after all, the theme of the day is thanks, and we are most thankful for each other and our kids. We are big into water parks, we’ve gone to great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari and we’ve gone to a couple of the smaller ones too. So when this deal arose, it was a no brainer- we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day!
Those who know me know that I am not big on surprises. Spontaneity is not my strong suite. I am a planner, I even plan when I am going to plan! However, I thought the best way to make this as exciting as possible would be to make it a surprise for the kids. So we’re picking them up and heading to Camelback straight from school on Wednesday afternoon, at least that’s the plan anyway (ha, see what I did there?!) I cannot wait to see their faces when we pull up to the resort; I’m getting so excited just thinking about it!!! And as for what we will eat at the hotel, maybe I’ll pack turkey sandwiches for dinner so we don’t feel like we completely gave up on Thanksgiving :). Just please don’t tell my kids!