it's been a wonderfully slow, relaxing day after thanksgiving morning for us, despite having to get up and take justin to work today. i've submitted the december order for landon's scholastic books (i'm really excited to get these ones back next month!) and the kids are playing quietly together, which is amazing!
our day was so busy yesterday and yet, super relaxing and fun. we had three stops to make this year, we're lucky that our immediate families live in town, so we had some pretty full bellies by the end of the night, hah!
the first stop was to have an early lunch with my dad and grandma at the nursing home. it's a tradition for us to go there every thanksgiving and i'm incredibly grateful we got to do it another year. i don't know how many years are left for this tradition but i feel blessed to have been able to do it this year. i'm also grateful for the staff who work the holidays so the residents can have a warm, yummy, thanksgiving meal. and it IS always yummy.
after lunch and a little time spent in grandma's room with the kids climbing all over my dad, we headed for another grandma and grandpa's house. this year, my aunt kelli flew up from california with all of her boys and her boyfriend. it was so great to see them all! i think the last time all of us cousins were together i was in middle school or early high school? it's crazy to think that. of course the parents had to get a pictures of us all, which i'm grateful for, even if my little brother isn't smiling. c; it was wonderful spending a few hours with them (i wish we had more time)!
our last stop of the evening was to have dinner with justin's family. i don't know how i was able to eat another plate of food! (to recap: we ate at 11:15, 3:30 and 5ish.) i didn't even have room for dessert. :c we're going back this afternoon/evening to get leftovers and you better believe i'm gonna be eating a piece of pie!
while taking that picture up there, i couldn't help but think about the fact that one of us was missing. it's always hard when you lose a loved one so early in life and the holidays are no exception. in fact, i feel like it just emphasizes that they're no longer there. holidays are centered around family so much that to not have a key part of that family there is incredibly difficult. i think about my brother constantly, not just around the holidays, and am looking forward to the day when we will get to see him (and everyone else we miss) again.
i hope your thanksgiving was filled with love, family, friends and delicious food, just like ours! hooray for the holiday season and finally being able to decorate for christmas and listen to christmas music!