7 Things To Expect This Thanksgiving If You Don't Get To See Your Family A Lot

7 Things To Expect This Thanksgiving If You Don't Get To See Your Family A Lot

Prepare for hugs. Lots. Of. Hugs.

Ah, Thanksgiving. It's the second-most wonderful time of year (Christmas, duh) filled with family and friends and is the perfect occasion to see those that you've been missing for months. Cue the fantastic grandparents, bajillion cousins and all other relatives! Here's what you should expect this thanksgiving:

1. Hugs. LOTS OF HUGS.

Your family members haven't seen you in months, what did you expect?

2. Questions. So many questions.

How's school? Do you have a boyfriend? What are your career plans? Have you been going to church? Tell us everything about everything! What is this, a Thanksgiving celebration or a love-filled interrogation?

3. Catching up on the family drama.

Your uncle Jerry helped open a Disneyland in China (true story), your cousin is apparently an olympic athlete now and your great aunt Susan just got a titanium. You all have some serious work cut out to get everyone up to speed on everything.

4. Showing picture, after picture, after picture...

Well of course after everyone is caught up they're going to want photo evidence of all the cool stuff they just learned! Get out your phones, everyone; you will most likely pull up a picture for your grandpa to see then wonder which relative has your phone the rest of the night.

5. Helping prep during the pre-feast chaos.

You're not a little kid anymore, so hide and seek in the backyard is no longer an option while the grownups take care of things (welcome to the adult-world, kid). You're now on duty in the food assembly line, probably marinating green beans or sticking vegetables in a turkey's butt. Truth is, everyone is panicking to make dinner come out on time, and you all are totally bonding over it.

6. Sitting at the kids' table.

Yes, you're a "grown-up" when it comes to being forced to work in the kitchen, but once the food is on the table you'd think you guys are 6 years old again. Some of you and your cousins are well over the legal grown-up age, yet you're hanging out with the younger relatives while your parents laugh and drink alcohol (not fair, but the kids' table is more fun anyway).

7. Quality time.

Whether it's the catching up or the chaos or the meal, you'll realize that you adore your family and missed them even more than you realized those past months. You'll be so proud of what your cousins have achieved, amazed at how much some of them have grown and happy to be back with your people eating grandma's food (YUM).

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.

Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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