Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks All Year

I freely admit that I did not want to make the trip home for Thanksgiving.  Some of it was as simple as the fact that I didn't really want to be in the car with a 2 year old for upwards of 24 hours.  Heck, I didn't want to be in the car that long, period!  I was super stressed from packing and getting my home in some kind of order.  I had a tough week at work since we had our own Thanksgiving celebration that we put on. Honestly, I wanted to come home and collapse in front of the TV.  

BITCHY ALERT:  But it more had to do with the fact that I get super annoyed at how, all of a sudden, on Thanksgiving, that's when everyone is about family and thanks and everything that goes with it.  To me personally, if you are not doing those things all year long, then it seems kind of presumptuous to decide that this is the one day you're gonna do it.  Kind of like your significant other being a jerk all year and then bringing you roses on Valentine's Day.  (I know that these thoughts may make me seem like a mega-bitch, but it's just the way I see things.)

I firmly believe that a better effort needs to be made to make and nurture those family connections ALL YEAR.  Family to me is not just whose related to you either.  It's about people who care about you and whom you care about.  I was always perturbed at funerals when they ask for family on one side and friends on the other.  I don't like those divisions, because it says nothing about who is important to you.

Anyhow. Now look, I'm not saying I'm perfect, because Lord knows that's not even close to the truth. There are some things that I do that I think are good, and some that are pretty piss-poor.  For example, I talk to my mother every single day on the phone.  Multiple times per day on some days.  It's important to me that I maintain that day-to-dayness connection with my mom.

However, I hardly see many of my extended family members.  I almost never make it to family gatherings for extended family.  I should also call my in-laws more, and visit more people when I'm home.

So my goal is to think about and come up with ways to connect with my family more.  I want to, and I don't need any more excuses as to why I don't.  Regardless of the fact that I get home maybe twice a year, and have an ENORMOUS extended family, and never seem to have time to go see all the people I want to see and do all the things I want to do, I need to improve.

Please let me know of any ideas that you have for connecting with extended family in the comments.

Moving on.  I had a really enjoyable Thanksgiving!  In the end, the trip was well worth it.

After finally getting out of the house on Wednesday, we stopped off in Charlotte to have dinner with our friends.  We try to see them every time we go down.  It was a really nice time.

On Thanksgiving Day, my mom hosted.  My mom doesn't make turkey, but ham rather.  For Isaac and I, she cooked up a Quorn Turk'y Roast.  My in-laws came over, along with my aunt, uncle, and cousins.  We each made a handprint that I am using to make a hand turkey for Isaac.  I want him to know that regardless of how Thanksgiving looks each year, he has people who love him and that family is important all the time (see above).

On Friday, my in-laws had their dinner.  Kater's parents, along with his grandmother, aunt, and uncle all attended.

After eating, we headed off on an adventure with Isaac- we went to Stone Mountain!  Kater and I hadn't been in years, and Isaac has been way into "choo-choo trains" so I wanted to take him on the train ride around the mountain and to see all the lights. He also got his picture taken with the Abomitable Snowman!  Unfortunately I also sprained my ankle while at the park, which was a bummer, but I am thankful (see what I did there?) that it wasn't worse and it's not my driving foot.

Saturday we took care of some errands and spent time with each set of grandparents before heading off!

I am thankful for so many things about this trip:

  • That I got to see so many of my family and had such a great time with them.

  • That Isaac did great on both sides of the trip.  Given my anxiety as a mom, that was a big deal!

  • Our neighbors for taking good care of our girls while we gone.

  • That I got to take Isaac to an activity that he really enjoys. 

Please feel free to tell me how your Thanksgiving went and what you are thankful for!

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