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October brought with it the beginning of a season we absolutely love… the holidays! It all started with Halloween and Alicia was so excited to see all the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood. The streets were crawling with little ghosts, goblins, Spidermen and princesses, all on the hunt for the house with the best candy. Moms, dads, grandmas, grampas, and even dogs were also wearing some pretty great costumes, and the atmosphere was really fun and festive.
Alicia loves to bake (watch our video for more on that) so she got busy creating some delicious goodies for Mark to bring to work. The spooky spider cookies and candy corn cupcakes were gone in a flash, but not before Mark managed to eat a bunch himself.
Mark has his own baking speciality – his cinnamon rolls! Famous the world over (well, in the USA and here :P), they are a labor of love and make our house smell AMAZING! With the holidays starting Mark caught the baking bug too, so he whipped up a batch last week and his co-workers loved them. If he keeps bringing in goodies like this he’ll be the most popular guy in the office!
Next up came Thanksgiving. We met Terry the Turkey in Tasmania in October and, as you can see, he was made to be a cover model. He is a free-roaming pet on a farm we stayed on during our trip. (We love farm stays! So many great animals!) He was truly so big and beautiful that Mark ran back to the cottage to grab his camera.
We loved Terry so much and we have so much to be thankful for that we decided to send Thanksgiving cards this year instead of Christmas cards. Mark designed the card you see here and we spent hours and hours writing personal notes to each person who holds a special place in our hearts. We love doing things like this, and taking the time to make things personal has really helped us to stay close to our friends and family back home while we are here on our temporary adventure.
Thanksgiving dinner was celebrated with a large group of Alicia’s college friends who all live in Sydney. It was quite a feast of turkey with all the trimmings and topped off with delicious pumpkin pie. There were lots of little ones running about, dancing around and having a great time. It is such a warm, festive occasion and we are thankful for the wonderful community of people we have around us.
Now on to Christmas! Ho Ho Ho!
Mark and Alicia