Happy Thanksgiving weekend, all! I hope you had a great long weekend full of food, fun and family. We sure did and it was great, even though we missed celebrating with my side of the family. Maybe they will join us for Christmas? (hint, hint)

Anyway, as I mentioned, our fun started on Wednesday when Ryan’s sister, Rhonda, came into town. Well, I guess I should rephrase – Rhonda and I got the party started since Ryan had a full day of work on Wednesday. So since I had some serious entertaining to do, my job searching was temporarily put on hold and we girls set off to enjoy the beautiful day while Ryan slaved away (love you honey!). Since the Coors brewery was unfortunately closed for tours that day and I didn’t want Ryan to miss out on too much, we just drove through town and then went up Lookout Mountain to take Sadie for a little walk.

Sadie is such a mountain dog – straining at the leash to go higher.

Sadie is such a mountain dog – straining at the leash to go higher.

Still love this view.

Gotta love the doggie sweater.

Rhonda enjoyed the view as well as the company.

Rhonda enjoyed the view as well as the company.

A view of North and South Table Mountain.

A view of North and South Table Mountain – the buttes!

Some fun outside of the Buffalo Bill Cody museum – but we didn't tour without Ryan!

Some fun outside of the Buffalo Bill Cody museum – but don't worry, we didn't take the tour without Ryan!

After our jaunt on the mountain, we realized it was 2:00 and we hadn’t eaten lunch. So since I knew Ryan wouldn’t care if he missed out on this little goody, we decided to go to Grappa, a great Mediterranean bistro downtown Golden. Our server, David, was the best! Not only did he recommend sensational menu items (Italian buffalo meatloaf for me, and the Antipasto sandwich for Rhonda) but he also let us take Sadie inside, gave her some water and bacon, and even after we said we weren’t hungry for dessert, brought us some delicious pumpkin gelato on the house. Love it! Just the added perks of being two beautiful ladies, I guess. After that, Rhonda and I indulged ourselves with a girly teenage love movie about vampires and werewolves – New Moon!

Once Ryan was done with work, we left Rhonda (who would be picking up her parents and heading to Tabernash) so we could visit with our Chicago friend, Jake, and meet some new friends at his brother’s house in Littleton. During a delicious meal, we got acquainted with four really great people and four super cute kids. And after dinner, we had some toddler entertainment – The Care Bears Movie. We all agreed the movie was slightly creepy, but the kids loved it of course and missed some of the occult-like qualities it contained. What they don’t know can’t hurt them?

So it was a great start to our Thanksgiving weekend. More to come!

Love,
Laura