Thanksgiving Weekend + Family Getaway Re-cap 

Happy Tuesday everyone! It feels like my Monday because we just got home from a quick getaway! I’m sharing a quick recap of the past few days because so much goodness has happened, I can’t not!

 First up is our Thanksgiving table. I had shared with you all that I was hosting 15 this year! We had 15 people at our table and it was such a special time. A dear friend from church came over the night before with all of her amazing goodies and help me set my table! These photos do not do this table justice. I was overwhelmed with how stunning it came out. I just kept saying “Oh My Gosh!!”  You can find more of her beautiful work here

Thanksgiving table Flower arrangement Chandelier details

Over the past more recent years Ben and I have been trying to get our tree the day after Thanksgiving! There’s nothing like extending the season as long as possible! This year, however we are very happy to say we found a tree farm that is reasonably priced as well as, has amazing trees. We went to Levi’s farm in Applehill! A variety of trees, and and all trees cost $65. It took us about an hour to find the perfect one!!

Christmas tree hunt

Our 4th annual Thanksgiving with the Vivian’s! Ben has known Tony since he was 10!
Family and friends
Ben’s first cousin Carys was here from the U.K. With her husband Tim for Thanksgiving! They’re in school up in Redding at Bethel. Such a treat!!!
“Away” Suitcase

Ben and I both had to work on Saturday, but on Sunday we packed up and headed up to Redding California for a quick trip! This bag is from a company called “Away” it can easily fit everything for the whole family! It is scratch resistant, weighs less than 10 pounds (this is the large), is unbreakable and my favorite part is the USB chargers and the multiple compartments!! I’m very sold on this luggage! 

We had been planning this trip to Redding for a couple months now! I had booked a session with one of my favorite photographers of all time! We made a weekend of it and went to one of our favorite churches, ate at some highly recommended food spots, stayed at a cozy Airbnb, and got to the snow! It was a pretty amazing trip!

Sundial bridgeFamily time

Kids exploring
These faces were having the best time exploring!!

Judah Ridley

Ben has known Miriam and her family for countless years! I actually went to camp with one of her sisters when I was 15 years old! We made lunch plans with them and it was the best!!
Ben has known Miriam and her family for countless years! I actually went to camp with one of her sisters when I was 15 years old! We made lunch plans with them and it was the best!!
Ridley kidsSundial bridge redding

Explore sun dial bridge

Ava Ridley
Ava’s dream came true: SNOW!!!!

Snow time

Snow lassen park
Winter Wonderland

That was our past few days in a nutshell! This was a very exciting time for the kiddos! We weren’t as prepared as we could have been for the snow so the kids froze!! We will head up to Tahoe for snow for Judah’s birthday! They can’t wait!! Thank you as always for stopping by the blog!!

Much love,

Ruthie XO

  • Comments ( 16 )

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    You have the cutest family! It looks like you all had a blast!

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    It looks like such a fun time! I am in love with your Thanksgiving table! It was beautiful!
    By Lauren M

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    Nina – the HSS feed

    What a beautiful tabletop! And as a skier, I’m pretty jealous of that snow!

    xx Nina

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    What a beautiful table setting! I’m glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday!

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    Kait Elizabeth

    This looks like a magical trip! Girl, your table couldn’t have been anymore perfect! Sending you hugs, Kait

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    Joanna @ Motherhood and Merlot

    This looks like a beautiful and amazing thanksgiving weekend! I love all of the snow:)

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    How gorgeous is this?! Your family is beautiful and it looks like yall had the best time!


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    Such cute family photos and that Thanksgiving setting is beautiful!

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    Emily Fogarty

    What a fun and beautiful weekend!!


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    Aw. It looks like y’all had such a GREAT holiday weekend!

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    What a gorgeous table setting and getaway!

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    Mindy Thompson

    Wow this looks so great! What an amazing location to travel for the holidays!

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    Morgan Klein

    It looks like you guys had the best time! I loved reading all of this!!

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    Your friend did an amazing job with the table and it definitely shows in the photos. How lucky that you were able to host for 15! All the pics are so sweet and those snowy shots are absolutely beautiful.
    xoxo, erin |

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    Jennifer L

    Oh what a gorgeous getaway! I’d love to have a snow filled getaway for christmas right about now.

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    Jessica Sheppard

    Obsessed with your stunning Thanksgiving table! What a gift to have help and gifted help at that! Every detail from the place setting, flowers and decor are exquisite! That fab getaway is a dream, seeing the fun in the snow is priceless! Your photographer didn’t disappoint. These pics are sweet treasures you will have for a lifetime, with the even sweeter memories of your special trip! Love your precious family and your Christmas tree pic too! 🙂

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