Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

We had a really, really great Thanksgiving. It was different than years past but was still FULL of the people and food we love most. =) For the first time in our married life we made Thanksgiving Day a day trip. We decided against packing, spending the night, forcing our kids to stay up and out late, etc. And I'm thankful we made the right decision.

We arrived in our hometown early Thanksgiving morning and spent the first half of the day with Terrell's family and the second half of the day with my family. It was a super full day but totally worth it to spend the holiday with both of our families. A blessing I won't ever take for granted.

Annual Thanksgiving Day family photo

The boys loved having lots of play time with cousins and lots of time at both grandparents' houses. They were also huge fans of all the desserts they enjoyed on Thursday. =)
(We also used Thanksgiving Day as an opportunity to get pictures of everyone. One of Austin's absolute favorite things to do is to look at pictures. So one of his Christmas gifts is a photo album full of all his favorite people... so of course almost all of the pics we got have made it to the blog.)

Nana and Pops 

Granny in Cartersville (or now as Garrison likes to remind us, Granny in Barnesville)
Kara, Allison, Shannon, and Denny
We had a great morning and delicious lunch with Terrell's fam. Thanks to Nana and Pops for hosting and feeding us!!

Once we got to my parents' house on Thursday afternoon, there was lots of football to be played. My big boy was right in the middle of it. He secretly can't wait to be even bigger than he already is. I, on the other hand am not rushing things.
The newlyweds!! AnAn and Frankie. (Who had an amzing honeymoon in Jamaica by the way.)
Granna and Papa
Granny and PawPaw
After spending some time at my parents' house and the boys enjoying more play time with cousins, everyone left to go get a Christmas tree. While we almost froze, we had a great experience and found "the one" pretty fast. Maybe record fast. Garrison was a big helper. He helped Papa and daddy cut down the trees.
After getting our tree we went back to Granna and Papa's for Thanksgiving supper. We had another feast that was SO good and just enjoyed hanging out with lots of family. Thanks to Granna and Papa for feeding us and hosting Thanksgiving again this year... I think this makes 30 plus years in a row! We were all exhausted once we made it home late Thursday night (especially Austin... who didn't sleep well) but we recovered by sleeping in (a little) and having a pretty low-key day on Friday.

I am so thankful for 2 amazing, close-knit families to share holidays with. I'm thankful for wonderful, supportive, generous parents. I'm thankful we shared this Thanksgiving with all of our grandparents. And this year I was especially thankful to feel my third baby boy moving around and enjoying himself too. We are blessed and God is good. 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100: 4-5

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