While other people are doing their Christmas recap posts, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to go back and post a few photos and thoughts from our Thanksgiving celebrations 🙂
Since we got our LOA the day after we returned from our Thanksgiving travels, all else in my life took a backseat to those next steps that needed to happen for our adoption process. It was over a week before I unpacked our suitcases, let alone looked at any photos from our travels!
Before I look through our Christmas photos, I thought I’d share with you some memories of our Thanksgiving time. We don’t live near either of our families, so while we have had times that we’ve celebrated holidays just our little family, we do try to travel. Matt’s family is an expensive flight or a two-day drive away, so unfortunately we don’t get to see them very often. My family is all over the place, but my brothers and I grew up in Wisconsin, and that’s where my mom still lives, so that’s where we generally gather when we celebrate holidays together. At only an 8 hour drive, that one is more do-able for us when we have time constraints and in potential winter weather.
One of the things I most enjoy about our holiday times in Wisconsin is the opportunity for my brothers to build relationships with Miranda. Danny introduced us to Pete the Cat via Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes this past summer, and at Thanksgiving he arrived with another gift for Miranda, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Both books are definite favorites at our house!
Mirand also very much enjoys time with Uncle David. Here they were playing with some blocks that my mom had saved from when we were kids.
And here she is on Uncle Danny’s shoulders!
I also appreciate the time I get to spend with my brothers myself. Here we are playing Sheepshead, a card game my dad taught us years ago. Many of our extended family members also play, and it can get pretty intense! We’re having a good time here, though.
Apparently I neglected to get any good Thanksgiving photos with my mom in them – sorry, Mom! I’ll try to make up for it with the Christmas photos 🙂