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Left Over “Thanks”, Anyone!?

Happy Thanksgiving!  Yes, yes I know Thanksgiving was last week but I am always down to celebrate the things I am thankful for. I thought I would share a recap of my Thanksgiving in Montgomery, AL and tell you exactly what I am thankful for.  This year I really made the effort to be in the moment and soak up the time I had with my family, from cooking and dancing in the kitchen, to semi black friday shopping to football and extra small lattes.  It all mattered and Turkey day seemed more magical than ever this year.  I am apart of a beautiful blended family and although we all could not be together this year,  I felt more connected to them, than I ever have.  I took a moment to remind myself that fun is in the simplest things when you are around people you love.  I acknowledged that time is precious and should be cherished.  We too often rush through time with family to get back to our individual lives.  We seem to push loved ones to the side in order to make room for other things and think ” aw that’s family, they’ll understand.” Well I am here to tell you to STOP! Stop putting time with family aside and start making the effort to connect and love on those that love you, unconditionally.  As you can tell,  I am beyond thankful for my family, but more so thankful that they love me SO much!  Family gives a love that others can’t give. They provide comfort and peace, stability and principles.  For that I will forever give thanks.  I’ve compiled a mini photo tour of my family Thanksgiving.  I planned to take a thousand pictures to share with you all, but as I mentioned before I decided to really enjoy my time and not make it all about capturing photos for the blog, with that being said, I did  my best  and from my family to yours…. Happy Holidays!

fam4I arrived to my dad whipping out these bad boys in the kitchen.  After he insisted I “lick the bowl” of sweet potato goodness… this was the outcome.  Two delicious pies!  The best, hands down!


Montgomery FINALLY has a Whole Foods!  You all know that I LOVE whole foods so I was super excited to check it out!


My amazing step-mom (she would probably cringe at this photo, but I think she looks great! 🙂 ) and I parlayed in our favorite market, trying different cheeses -picking the perfect olives and wine for Thanksgiving dinner.  She’s a great host and always goes the extra mile!


You know the cheese and olives I mentioned above!?  They made a great appetizer pre-meal! SO good!


Fun fact alert!  I worked at Honey Baked Ham when I was in high school and became a master at carving their signature hams (if I do say so).  There is no surprise that I have a designated job in the kitchen during the holiday!



My niece decided to take on the yams this year and I must say, they turned out AMAZING!  I am just glad she walked away with all of her fingers 🙂


After hours of cooking, a few glasses of wine and attempts at “JuJu on The Beat” food was on the table.

p.s.  my niece’s yam presentation may look messy lol… but they were so good! 


This sweet moment (plus many more not shown) stole my heart!  I enjoyed watching my family interact with one another, especially this “grandpa” ( my dad) with his grandchildren! 

There you have it, my hodge-podge of photos.  I hate I didn’t capture more quality images of the rest of my family in attendance, but hey, there is always Christmas!

Oh I almost forgot!  Black friday was just as great, we strolled around down town Montgomery and I couldn’t help but notice the amazing architecture and coloration of the old buildings.  I posted a couple below. Cheers to the historic city I grew up in!




How was your Thanksgiving?  Where are you going for Christmas?  Let me know below!

-with purpose, Sydnie

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  • Reply
    Jasmine Stinson
    November 30, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Those pies look delicious! what a Beautiful family!
    I will be going to LA for Christmas! Excited to visit LA with my mom who hasn’t been back in over 10 years! 🙂

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      Sydnie Spivery
      November 30, 2016 at 10:15 PM

      wow that is exciting! I am sure LA is a great place to spend Christmas!

  • Reply
    November 30, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Lovely expression,of your time with “fam”.

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      Sydnie Spivery
      November 30, 2016 at 10:14 PM

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Gramma Dyann
    November 30, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Good job sweetie! Our Thanksgiving was delicious as well but I’m coming to your family next year! Everything looks so scrumptious 🦃

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      Sydnie Spivery
      November 30, 2016 at 10:13 PM

      lol we would love to have you!! thank you so much for your kind words!

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