thanksgiving weekend

more butternut squash than i ever imagined
pre-thanksgiving naps
thanksgiving
cutest little raiza
on the bathroom door, for visitors
ghost children
my dress (photography by raine)

There comes a time when you can't bring your camera everywhere, or if you do, you're just too busy living to stop and take pictures. This past weekend felt like that. All of these photos are from Thanksgiving Day but other than these I don't have much to show for the weekend.

Per tradition, my sisters and I went Black Friday shopping (brother, cousin and nephew came for the first time) and I'm not sure I would have wanted to photograph that experience even if I had the time to. This year seemed a lot more hectic than the past years, but I did get a $3 hand mixer, two pairs of $7 jeans and lots of Christmas presents. Mid-shopping at 7:30am, we had a family breakfast at Mimi's Cafe where they serve huge, warm and delicious muffins. I know a lot of people think Black Friday shopping is crazy and not worth it, and in a lot of ways, I agree. But I go every year because its a sister tradition and I love my sisters.

The rest of the weekend seems to be a bit of a blur as my sleep cycle was thrown off so badly. Saturday was a lot of errands and Sunday I went out in the Berkeley marina with David's family to paddle in a dragon boat. The skies were clear and we could see San Francisco and the Golden Gate perfectly from across the bay. Strangers in bay-front restaurants even waved back as we rowed past them.