Thanksgiving was a wonderful time for us. We got to celebrate with my side of the family in our new home for the first time. It was a great time to just enjoy each others company and watch all the cousins have a ball. BTW Thanks to my friend Kelsey for giving me the idea of using goggles to cut onions. Jeff always makes fun of me, but it is so much better than crying the whole time I cut them. The girls did get to have a slumber party in the living room one evening. Kadyn had a BALL playing with the cousins, and it was such an nice break for me to have other people to entertain Brennan and Kadyn, so I could get things done. The cousins loved carrying Brennan around and doting all over her. We enjoyed our time watching movies, driving through the festival of lights display, playing our new Wii games, doing a little hiking, watching the kids open their Christmas presents from Grandma and Grandpa early, driving around Branson to take in the sights, walking around the Branson landing shopping area, watching the fire/water show at the landing, doing the river walk at the landing, celebrating Brennan's first birthday (a little early, pics for that coming later), making and decorating birthday cupcakes and sugar cookies, decorating our new Christmas tree and an old one too, and just enjoying each other's company. Of course there were a few brave souls who did a little black Friday shopping. And Jeff and I were able to escape on evening alone to go watch the movie 2012. It was the first time we have had a night together since before Brennan was born.
One of my favorite memories of this holiday will be listening the little pitter patters of girly feet going down the stairs to hop in bed with Grandma and Papa early the morning after the slumber party, my poor Dad. Good thing he has his first Grandson coming soon! We're all excited.
Overall, all the stress of getting the house settled and ready in time for our guests was worth it. It was relatively a stress free holiday. It is always so hard to see everyone go. I long to have my family closer. I see how much fun the cousins have together. I imagine how wonderful life would be to have Grandma and Grandpa around to take the kids for a night so Jeff and I could have a date once in awhile or how my sister and I could take turns watching all the little ladies so we could just have time to get things done. Sigh....maybe someday. Anyhow, it was a good time. I am very very blessed. I am very very thankful. I am so happy with my life.