Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I LOVE Thanksgiving... this is the kick off of the entire holiday season in our home! Que the Christmas music, delicious foods and cozy decor...!

Now that we have a November 20th birthday in our home, I have made the official decision to put off all holiday decorating and other traditional holiday activities until after Sunday's birthday in order to focus on the celebration of her. Yes, I once was the lady who decorated right after Halloween. I have no shame. But now, I figure... we should let Sunday have her big day before we transition into celebrating the holidays. And that we did!

But we're here now! One of our holiday traditions is whisking off to the beach after Thanksgiving dinner. We load up the car and drive 5 hours to Oak Island, NC for the long weekend. It's one of my favorite weekends of the year. It's so quiet and peaceful down there this time of year. We do a lot of sweatshirt wearing and sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch while overlooking ocean. Oh yes, it is that cliche. Tommy always jumps in the water at some point and I always step out in the sand with my camera in hand and visions in my mind of beautiful beach landscape shots. This will be our 5th year (last year our plans were derailed by welcoming a newborn!) and I hope this is still just the beginning of a lifelong tradition!

But first up... before we take off to the beach, we are headed to Thanksgiving dinner with the family. This year I'm trying something a little different. Will you join me? Thanksgiving Unplugged (oh Tommy is going to LOVE this!)


Thanksgiving Unplugged is bold campaign created by nationally renowned etiquette experts Diane Gottsman and Thomas P. Farley to challenge Americans to disconnect from their digital devices before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of fixing their gazes on LCD screens or popping in earbuds, families will commit to focusing on giving thanks, savoring a good meal and enjoying the company of their relatives and friends. Freed from the increasingly inescapable distraction of cell phones, laptops, tablets, hand-held games, music players, social media and the web, families will once again reconnect with the true spirit of the holiday.

So after I post this, I'll be unplugging for the day. Okay... the truth is, I'll be unplugging until we hit the road to the beach. Y'all know I can't enjoy a 5hr car ride without my phone to entertain me! :) But I will be leaving the phone in the car as we celebrate the holiday with our family. You should give it a try, too!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I am so super grateful for you and all of your words of wisdom and encouragement you have shared with me this past year. I hope you have a wonderful day with your friends and family! <3

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.