An Alternative Thanksgiving

“Actually, the best gift you could have ever given her was a lifetime of adventures” -Lewis Carroll

Where do I begin?

I spent this Thanksgiving in paradise, aka Cancun,  with an amazing boyfriend and his amazing family. When I found out that I could tag along on their annual Thanksgiving getaway, I was elated but also slightly terrified to spend seven days with a family I hardly knew.

But it was perfect.

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Our daily schedule was simple and varied little over the 7 days. Here’s a brief summary.

  • Wake up after a long nights sleep, listening to the ocean
  • Eat breakfast
  • Head to the beach
  • Read, “tan”, sleep, stare at the ocean
  • Eat on the beach (waiters delivered our food right to our palapa!)
  • Read, “tan”, sleep, stare at the ocean some more
  • Happy hour on the beach (margaritas, banana monkeys, and mojitos galore)
  • Go inside and inspect the day’s sunburn
  • Eat the most delicious dinner (usually involving steak and/or seafood)
  • Relax the evening away playing cards, reading, or watching a movie

Sounds pretty nice, right? It was.

Some other highlights included…

  • Going to the spa and having a Swedish massage
  • Taking a day trip to Coba and climbing a Mayan pyramid


  • Celebrating Bennett’s birthday


  • Learning some fun new card games and finally mastering the shuffling bridge
  • Reading Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes Please
  • Spending lots of time with my favorite guy
  • Visiting a local aquarium
  • Watching White Christmas on Thanksgiving
  • Getting to hold a baby sea turtle; 1/90 that had just hatched on the beach near our hotel


Really, everything was great. 

This trip was unlike any vacation I’ve ever been on. I loved every minute and have never felt so welcomed and embraced by another family. I am forever grateful for letting me join the fun. Until next time, I will be freezing and dreaming of the sunshine, margaritas, and guacamole. IMG_5603



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