This Thanksgiving was different. We were traveling, but not that far away and Jeremy had four whole days off with us. a true holiday miracle. Because, that never happens.
We decided to spend most of Tuesday traveling to avoid as much holiday traffic as possible. Our drive was only 4 hours, so no need to rush to get on the road. I really dislike being in a rush.
I packed us a picnic lunch to avoid paying for and eating fast food and Jer found a great little state park that was on our route where we stopped to eat and enjoy the day.
I think this is one of my new favorite road trip traditions. We really had the most amazing and relaxing time. The whole family (5 of us including the dogs) having a picnic and on a hike. My kind of bliss.
I've made Hubs promise we could do it again.
When we got to our final destination (Jer's step-brother's house), we quickly realized that our lackadaisical morning and blissful afternoon caused us to forget some very important things. Mainly just one thing: Isla June's pack and play. She's not at the point yet where she can sleep in a big bed in an unfamiliar place.
We arrived right around dinner time, so we had to scramble to figure something out.
Enter, the Montessori Bed.
I've been wanting to try this idea out.....
Let's just say we borrowed a pack and play for the rest of the week. thankfully. :)
Even in a family of 11 cousins, Isla June was the only little one in attendance. It made for a busy mommy and daddy to try and keep her out of trouble. Unfortunately, true to toddler form, we had a tumble into the fireplace on the first day that caused two head injuries to my little girl.
Have you ever had that moment where you are consoling your toddler after a fall and then pull your hand away to see it covered in blood? Worst parenting moment ever.
By the Grace of God, they were only scrapes and nothing worse. No concussion and no swelling (I did spend time on the phone with our chiropractor discussing any signs to look for!). On a side note, I can now fully flush out any type of wound. Life skills.
Later that night, we spent time laughing and drinking with family. There was some marshmallow throwing and some gangnam style dancing. and then there was bed, because little girl had us up at 5:30 am.
Thanksgiving day was filled with the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen, playing in the yard because the weather was perfect, and enjoying stories read by Nana and Boppa.
My yearly contribution to the Feast- Tanya's Famous Pumpkin Pie. It's my sister-in-law's recipe and very much looked forward to in our family every year. And after making it for the past 4 years, I've finally gotten good at it.
For the first year ever, though, we didn't gorge ourselves. Maybe we're learning self-control.