Weekend Winks – Home for the Holidays

My God I love this bird.

My God I love this bird.

Our Nashville fun headed to Iowa this past weekend to see these two turkeys celebrate their first Thanksgiving.

B & B - my two butterballs.

B & B – my two butterballs.

I packed with great care, being sure moose mugs and moonshine made the holiday journey (God forbid we watch a football game without our precious liquor).

Perfectly packed.

Winning combination.

Upon our arrival, we quickly enjoyed the freezing weather and warm spirits.


Faux fur? Check. Cocktail? Check.

An instantly mouth-watering menu awaited my devouring, compliments of my bro-in-law (who really could have a second career as a chef).


Hit me.

Hit me.

Gobble. Gobble.

What does a gal do Thanksgiving night after endlessly stuffing her face? Fight the crowds at Target for deodorant, of course.

Well, deoderant of course!

WTF was I thinking?

My dogphew gently reminded me (the entire trip) that he needs some lovin’ after being moved down to third notch on the belt, due to the twins. How much does he love me? Enough to maul my brains out on a chair meant for one.




My constant lap dog. So tiny.

After being jam-packed full of turkey, what does one do for football Friday? SNACK!

Let's eat! Again.

Let’s eat! Again.

My Iowa Hawkeyes closed their regular football season by playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers.


This lucky sweater combined with my jazz hands mean we MUST get the win.

Our family touchdown moonshine tradition was even more fun as we gulped (and gulped and gulped) north of the Mason Dixon Line.


Bottoms up!

A win is always satisfying (especially if you’re used to the ho-hum seasons my beloved football team has been delivering the past few years) but even more satisfying?

Kicking your opponents ass when they have nothing but a Grade A dick of a head coach named Bo Pelini. A head coach who disses his team’s fans when speaking freely (a direct quote, “F you fans. F all of you”), a head coach who acted like a complete ass clown when being interviewed before half-time, a head coach who received a 15 yard penalty for “unsportsmanlike conduct” (throwing his hat at an official when he disagreed with a call) and a head coach whom I completely lost any ounce of remaining respect after his bawl baby of a press conference (where he basically taunted Nebraska to fire him) after the game.

As I was vocal (surprised? anyone?) in regard to my distaste of Pelini, my cousin, a Nebraska fan, sent me this photo of coach and said,” Give Bo a break. See, he likes cats too!”

Ass clown.

This made everything better. For me.

After eating my way through Thursday and Friday, it was time to day drink on Saturday with my college bestie who just had a baby two months ago.

Sweet Baby E

Sweet Baby E.

My sister and I were beyond impressed with our gal pal since she’d just had a baby (joining two big brothers), completed Thanksgiving AND had all of her Christmas decor out. Until we found her Halloween pile on the kitchen floor. Then we knew she was still human.

Merry Halloween!

Merry Halloween!


Day drinking at its finest.

By the time we arrived back, it was time for stories, snuggles and bed.


Gpas and aunties make the best storytellers.

And as we pulled out for our 9 hour drive home (joy. pure joy) our two little loves wondered where the crazies from the guest bedroom went.

Where has all of the compnay gone?

Where the hell did everyone go?

Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend!

I still can’t button my skinny jeans.



45 thoughts on “Weekend Winks – Home for the Holidays

  1. Kaufman's Kavalkade says:

    Bad news!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Have fun with this one, haha.


  2. Oh, this ALL sounds like so much fun!!
    And awww, the cute, tiny lap dog ❤

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  4. Aussa Lorens says:

    Oh my goodness, those twins are aaaadorabbbleeeee. I could elaborate on squeezing them but I don’t want to overstep my bounds here. I also love the poor neglected dog– that always happens. Everyone says it won’t, but… it does, ha. Also, I love the packed booze. We have similar priorities, you and I.

    • Yeah, what good is any day/trip/life without booze?! Yeah, my poor dogphew might have hopped in the car with me if there was any room. And I feel you on the squeezing…I sometimes feel I’m over stepping my boundaries in the squeezing department and we’re related.

  5. SerachShiro says:

    Your post make me all the way 🙂 smiling, you are nuts and great fun, love to see all the snacks, you toasting with your family, Mr. Bo Pelini and his cat and of course the magic twin searching for their guests…..hahaha, I see you had a great thanksgiving !

  6. LifeOfBun says:

    Isn’t it awesome to have a chef-like being in the family? I mean I enjoy spending time with family of course but let’s face it… the food and the drinks!!!

  7. kellisamson says:

    So. Dang. Cute! Sounds like an awesome weekend. Your bro-in-law married into a fun family, that’s for sure!

  8. The Regular Guy NYC says:

    Looks like you all had a lot of fun for Thanksgiving weekend!

    Not a college football fan but that coach is a douche. I have seen some of his interviews on ESPN and he comes across as an asswipe.

    You gotta be crazy shopping on Thanksgiving night!

    • A girl’s gotta have her deodorant! Which, braving the crowds made me sweat, which made the deodorant all the more needed!

      Yes, that coach is an asswipe – and you don’t have to be a college football fan to realize, as you pointed out!

      Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. What an awesome weekend! Watching an Iowa game with you is on my. bucket list- that looks like a blast and a half! And bravo for battling that nutty Target Black Friday crowd- your dedication towards deoderant is without equal.

    • What gal wants to smell? Deodorant is a MUST!

      If I can kick something off someone’s bucket list, bring it! Would be beyond fun to watch a Hawkeye game together (although, you might have to prep your liver). It’s now on my list, my friend!

  10. FreeUrCloset says:

    You have the most adorable niece, nephew and dogphew. Love your Kate Spade sweater, gf 😉

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