Our First Thanksgiving As A Family

Jimmy, Sadie, and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together and it was just as special as I imagined it would be. We didn’t have any big plans for the day, which was perfect for us.

Sadie and Jimmy slept in a little (!), so I used the quiet time in the morning to brew a pot of coffee, hang out with the pets, and get to work on some baking. I made mini pumpkin pies and prepped the turkey.

Mini pumpkin pies

Soon everyone was up and ready for the day so I fed Sadie and then we relaxed in her room and read her a few books.

It was really nice to have Jimmy home in the morning and take things slow. We kept telling Sadie happy Thanksgiving and were imagining her eating turkey next year… crazy!

Girl reading to baby

We spent the day relaxing around the house, cooking, and enjoying each other’s company. I could spend every day just like that and be content.

At one point, I turned to Jimmy and said “Can you believe we’re a family, us three?” and he just smiled as big as I was and said he couldn’t believe it. God has been very, very kind to us and we have so much to be thankful for.

I made jalapeño mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, and gravy while Jimmy and Sadie cheered me on from the kitchen table. Our little gal is so observant. She just furrows her brow and watches the world around her.

Soon enough it was time for dinner! We pulled the turkey out of the oven, Jimmy carved it, and I set the table with the china from our wedding.

I need to use our china more often because we love the pattern and it reminds us of the day we made our wedding registry (<–I looked back on that post and why…. why was I wearing a Pikachu shirt in the last picture?! LOL.).

Thanksgiving dinner

After dinner we headed out into the cold weather (Pittsburgh didn’t break 30 degrees the whole day!) and made two trips to see Jimmy’s family.

I had fun dressing Sadie up in a turkey dress and then got sad that it would be the last time she would wear it. Little did I know that I’d be changing her out of it before we finished visiting everyone, lol.

The holidays feel extra special now, and it’s such a joy to see our families with little Sader Tot! Before we knew it we were back home snuggling on the couch and reminiscing on what a lovely day we had.

It was a great first Thanksgiving as a family and we felt incredibly blessed to have the day together to reflect on all we have to be thankful for!

Tell me about your Thanksgiving!



  1. Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your sides sound and look really good. Low-key holidays are the best. I love that you wore a Pikachu shirt to pick out your registry… I mean, how many people can remember what they wore? Besides, that’s life- social media is such a highlight reel but IRL, life is stuff like dressing up Sadie like a turkey and having to change her a few hours later. And if it makes ya feel better, my husband is currently wearing 10-year-old pajama pants with Homer Simpson printed all over em.

  2. Allie I need the recipe for jalapeno mashed potatoes!! That sounds incredible haha. The mini pumpkin pies are so stinking cute.

    Thanksgiving this year was really nice. Alex and I spent it with my family in Chicago and aside from some long days of driving, we had a great time with my family and friends.

  3. Beautiful photos! I’m glad you all had such a lovely day. 😊

    You were lucky to get some quiet time in the morning! Is Sadie a good sleeper?

    I’m in the UK so we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. I wish we did, though (or something similar). November can be such a dark, bleak month that it would be nice to have a holiday. Still, it’s Advent this weekend… Not long until Christmas now! 😊

    1. Thank you, Grace! We truly did have such a nice day!

      It was amazing to get in some quiet time in the morning! So far, Sadie has been good to us in the sleep department! I know it can change at any time, but I’ll take all the sleep she’ll give us!

      It’s a bummer the UK doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving! Yay for Advent this weekend and Christmas soon enough!

  4. I love Sadie’s little eyebrow furrow haha. ♡ You 3 are just the cutest family ever and those mini pumpkin pies look delish! I’m so happy to hear you all had a nice Thanksgiving dinner and day!!

  5. What a precious first Thanksgiving together as a family!! Such a sweet memory to look back on. ❤ I love that you three just took the day to relax and spend time together. How nice!

  6. I love that you guys had a special day at home, just the three of you. You made an amazing meal from the looks of it.

    Sadie is so cute and sweet. I love that little furrowed brow. Wise, wise little lady.

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