Thanksgiving 2015

It is rare to find friends that are family; people you love unconditionally and can be completely comfortable with in any setting. Luckily, we have found our New York non-family family, so it was an extra special treat to be invited to spend Thanksgiving with them in Aspen, Colorado. HOLY COW was it amazing, perfect, and incredible. Take a look at our pictures (#humblebrag #sorryimnotsorry)!

 

The kids get along swimmingly. Best friends for life.

The kids get along swimmingly. Best friends for life.

The three oldest kids (missing 5 month old little brother). They are wearing their special Thanksgiving pajamas, thought of by Alicia, who thinks of EVERYTHING always.

The three oldest kids (missing their 5 month old little brother). They are wearing their special Thanksgiving pajamas, thought of by Alicia, who thinks of EVERYTHING always.

The kids figure out what to do at all times and really don't need that much direction. Notice in the background the gondola -- we were THAT close to skiing! Lazy man skiing to the prime!

The kids constantly figure out what to do at all times and really don’t need that much direction. Notice the gondola in the background– we were THAT close to skiing! Lazy man skiing to the prime!

Chess anyone?

Chess anyone?

Smooches

Smooches from the most luscious lips (well, second to her papa).

PIcturesque playground. I am not sure if there is another playground in the world that has a better view.

Picturesque playground. I am not sure if there is another playground in the world that has a better view.

The Aspen Mountain Club. We spent lunch at Thanksgiving there -- we took the ganja-ola up there, admired the view, and had a wonderful feast (#1) of indulging foods and treats.

The Aspen Mountain Club. We ate lunch for Thanksgiving there — we took the gondola up, admired the view, and had a wonderful feast (#1).

The four girls. BFFs.

The four girls. BFFs.

Natori family shot! And a beautiful background.

Natori family shot! And a beautiful background.

Hot tub on the roof? Talk about luxury living to the max! Count me in for more of these spectacular days.

Hot tub on the roof? Talk about luxury living to the max! Count me in for more of these spectacular days.

Snow on the mountains

Snow on the mountains.

Thanksgiving dinner #2 -- YUP, two full meals for Thanksgiving, but this was the best meal of the day, week, month, year! Alicia is a fabulous cook and effortlessly made a kale brussel sprout salad, a squash kale gratin, a bread pudding stuffing,  and cranberry sauce. Ken made the most delicious turkey I have ever eaten. A home run for all our chefs (I sat on the couch and watched). Hip Hip Hooray to the chefs!

Thanksgiving dinner #2 — YUP, two full meals for Thanksgiving, but this was the best meal of the day, week, month, year! Alicia is a fabulous cook and effortlessly made a kale brussel sprout salad, a squash kale gratin, a bread pudding stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Ken made the most delicious turkey I have ever eaten. A home run for all our chefs (I sat on the couch and watched). Hip Hip Hooray to the chefs!

Nothing better than sleeping children, especially when they are cuddling and loving one another in their sleep.

Nothing better than sleeping children, especially when they are cuddling.

We also watched the World Cup Women's Finals, ringing cow bells and cheering them on.

We also watched the World Cup Women’s Slalom International, ringing cow bells and cheering.

Whaddup hot stuff?

Whaddup hot stuff? (I need better mountain style, oh well….)

Our mode of transportation for the weekend. Ken's muscles are huge now from pulling the kids around.

Our mode of transportation for the weekend. Ken’s muscles are huge now from pulling the kids around.

Alicia is one of those people that you cannot help but love. She is uber stylish (check out her effortless style and ease!), so sweet, and the best friend.

Auntie Alicia is one of those people that you cannot help but love. She is uber stylish (check out her effortless style and ease!), so sweet, and the best friend.

Thank you so much for the incredible weekend. We love you guys!

Thank you so much for the incredible weekend. We love you guys!

 

It was an indulgent, delicious, heart warming, and loving weekend. We had the best time and so appreciate the generosity, hospitality, and most of all, friendship and unconditional love from our New York non-Natori family. We love you! Now, off to a great start to DECEMBER *tomorrow* (and holiday season starts ….and a diet, too). And for nostalgia sake, here is Thanksgiving 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 (2011 = hippy dippy Thanksgiving). Have a great week!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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5 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness… what a beautiful place to spend the holiday! My family and I had a similar Thanksgiving minus a hot tub on the roof, a gondola ride, breathtaking mountain view, etc. 🙂

  2. Fabulous way to spend thanksgiving and you got some wonderful photos that will be great to look back on in years to come. Hope you had a great time!

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