We had a wonderful time visiting with Michael's mom's family and my family yesterday for Thanksgiving. It was Michael's mom's birthday yesterday, so we drove out to Wimberley, TX to have dinner with Gigi, Aunt Cait, Auntie 'Chelle, Uncle Kevin, Uncle Steve, Aunt Jerry, Nana, and Mrs. Roberts (Uncle Steve's mom). Dinner was fabulous and we watched the Macy's parade, a dog show, and the beginning of the Cowboys vs. Saints game. We also took a lovely walk around the ranch to make some room for dessert:
Some of us climbed...
And played in the birdbath!
Afterwards, we drove to my parents' house in Buda and enjoyed Thanksgiving 2.0 with my folks, my brothers David and Philip, Phil's girlfriend Andrea, and his roommate Aaron. I am sad to say that my beloved Longhorns put up a good fight against the Aggies, but it wasn't enough. We lost 24-17 and I was so very sad. I seriously hope the Aggies make it the Big 12 Championship though; we need a Texas team to represent!
This year's Thanksgiving was one of the best, although it was marred just slightly by the news that my husband's Gramma Bobbe took ill and so we won't be seeing that side of the family this year. We hope you feel better soon, Gramma!
We traditionally spend Black Friday decorating our home for Christmas and we definitely did that this morning! Michael had to work in the afternoon, so we got an early start and were done in about an hour. Now that's what I call teamwork! Billa lent a hand hanging ornaments on the tree. Here is a fine example of her handiwork:
At least she's consistent!
The stocking were hung by the chimney with care...
...In the hopes that St. Nick would soon be there!
In other news, the weather is finally cold! I don't know how long it will last, but I am s thrilled about cold weather. I broke out the sweaters this morning and put away some of my summer clothes. I like to layer in the wintertime, so I didn't put away everything of course, but it was so refreshing to see my sweaters hanging back up again.
I have to say, given everything that has happened this year, I am so grateful to be able to spend the holidays with my husband's family as well as my own. I have come to consider them as my family too and I grieved to think that I might not be seeing them at the holidays. You certainly never know what you have until you are faced with losing it.
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well and that if you are going out today that you're safe! And if you are going out today, show a little kindness and appreciation to any retail employees you encounter...it will make for happiness all around!