a glimpse into my family

Thanksgiving is my family’s most favorite time of year because itz all about the people we love most.  I constantly write about how amazing my family is and today I get to show you a glimpse into my family.  My parents host Thanksgiving every single year and every single year itz wonderful.  Itz like it gets better and better though no one quite knows how that is even possible.

Our family, our friends, the food (oh the food!), and the memories that get made.  Close to thirty people is the norm, so there’s never a dull moment.  While my immediate family didn’t get an actual posed picture together on Thanksgiving, we did on Saturday before taking Justin and Dana to the airport.


The original six.  Pictures truly don’t do justice for the amount of time my parents put into hosting this holiday.  Luckily, my talented sister created a video of the evening that does a much better job of capturing those very special moments.  Itz just a few minutes, and I encourage you to take a glimpse into my very special family.

Created by Stephanie Cotta Photography

I hoped you watched if for no other reason than just to see my dad and his two brothers clowning around during a push-up challenge as my beastly dad is the only one who claps between his.  We are truly a FitFluential family! 😉

As most of you know, Chanukah overlapped with Thanksgiving this year which seemed odd at first being so early, but everything quickly fell into place as menorahs were lit and blessings sung.  This year I am wearing a menorah pin that my grandpa Poppy gave to me for my last birthday as it was my grandma Nanny’s.  He told me she always wore it during the holidays, and while I never met my Nanny, I felt like I had a little piece of her with me.

menorah pin

Since this post is filled with all things marvelous, I’m linking up with Healthy Diva’s Marvelous in my Monday today!  Family, friends, Thanksgiving, Chanukah = marvelous!

My younger brother Justin who lives in Arizona with his fiance Dana were in town for Thanksgiving.  We always try to soak up as much time as possible with them since we don’t get to see them nearly often enough.  Dana’s parents and younger brother also joined us this year which was a fun beginning to the union of our two families.  We always joke that Justin and Dana are the cutest couple ever (but they really are), and they proved it once again during one of their daily workouts.

justin dana

Seriously, cutest CrossFit picture ever, eh?  Jonny and I actually get to go visit them on Thursday of this week!  We’re quite excited to see them again and get to warm weather.  While we’re in Arizona we’ll also get to see Jonny’s brother Robbie and his fiance Becca again.  Itz so fun that both of our brothers are in the same city!  Now only if we could get them all to move to St. Louis…

Speaking of Jonny’s family, we got to spend time with them this weekend, as well, during a couple dinners.  Jonny and his dad and Becca and Robbie went to the Mizzou football game and brought home quite the winner!  Family is the best.

I’ll leave you with the quote my sister ended her video with as it sums up the long Thanksgiving weekend so perfectly:

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. [W.T. Purkiser]

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

35 thoughts on “a glimpse into my family

  1. Lol that workout picture of Dana and Justin is just way too funny!

    Looks like you had a great thanksgiving! We don’t celebrate it here in Australia but I always drool at all the food pics I see of it. Looks delicious!!

    Happy MIMM!! <3 <3

  2. Oh my goodness that is seriously the most beautiful, precious video!! Your family totally rocks, and I love the bond that you all share with one another. (Also, nice pushups, Linz’s dad!!) That picture of Justin and Dana is super adorable too. Ahhh your family is so cool!

  3. I have never met you or your family, but the video your (very) talented sister put together brought tears to my eyes. I’ve said it before, but the bond you have with your family is just so heart warming & beautiful to me. It’s always so wonderful to see another family so caring & loving as mine is.

    <3 <3

  4. LOVED this so so much Linz 😀 thank you very much for sharing this with us 😀 it was so much fun reading more about your family and although i love the pic of Justin and Dana so much, the pic with your parents is the best <3 i loved seeing the whole fam 🙂

  5. Oh, this is so wonderful! Looks like you had a wonderful holiday with some fantastic company! I ran the turkey trot in the a.m. and then we went to my parents’ house for dinner. There were about 13 of us there. It was a great way to spend the holiday!

  6. Your family is beautiful!
    And I’m so glad you had some great family fun.
    This time of year just warms my heart because of all the focus on family time.

  7. Oh the happy tears! 🙂
    Your family is so sweet and it is evident how much yous love each other and how much you feel blessed by one another’s presence!
    The two things that really got me were your adorrrrable niece and nephew kissing one another and seeing you with your niece. It was so amazing that next Thanksgiving, you’ll have yet another extra-special munchkin to love on! 😉

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