Thanksgiving was truly wonderful. I was beyond thrilled when school let out on Tuesday afternoon and my Thanksgiving break had officially begun. Wednesday was full of preparations for my family’s arrival from Abilene and for the big day. I ran lots of errands, including lunch with Matt, finishing some birthday shopping for my family, dropping off the oil for turkey frying, and multiple trips to the grocery store.
My family arrived Wednesday evening and we enjoyed a lovely pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my cousins at Chuy’s. My family had never been, and since it is easily one of favorite places to eat, we felt it was only appropriate to introduce them. After dinner we enjoyed just relaxing around the house and getting food ready to take to my grandparents’ house the next morning.
Thursday morning we got up and had breakfast and coffee before driving out to my grandparents’ house where the festivities would take place. Not only were we celebrating Thanksgiving, but we were also celebrating some family birthdays for November and for the kids who have been off at college the last few months and missed being home for their birthdays. The day was absolutely perfect. The food was…WONDERFUL! We had 3 delicious fried turkeys, ham, Nana’s famous dressing & gravy, a whole giant table full of sides, and a another gigantic table full of desserts. If you walked away hungry at the end of the day, it was definitely your own fault! Since we weren’t able to celebrate Thanksgiving at Nana and Papa’s house last year due to the damage sustained by Hurricane Ike, this year was extra special to us and we were VERY THANKFUL to be back in the house. Not only was the day full of food and birthdays, but there was also alot of football on TV. The Cowboys’ game was watched, with a happy ending and then the biggest game of the day brought out the true rivalry in our family. By night fall, we had all donned our appropriate sweatshirts and school colors to watch A&M take on UT. Unfortunately, UT pulled out the win, but it was a really good game and A&M did much better than any of expected!
It’s a super cute picture…too bad she’s wearing that horrible color!
Friday morning all of the ladies ventured out for some Black Friday shopping. We no longer get started at 4:00 AM, instead we waited around and didn’t even hit Target until 9:30 or 10:00…haha!. We shopped the Woodland’s Mall, but unfortunately, I didn’t walk away with anything except shoes for my sister’s wedding. They are super cute though!
Saturday we did a bit more shopping and then drove out to Tomball to spend some time with one of my dad’s brothers and his family. We enjoyed dinner with them and lots of laughs. My family came back to our house Saturday night and then packed up and hit the road back to Abilene early Sunday morning.
Matt and I got the Christmas lights put up outside and the decorations put up inside and then ventured out to find the perfect tree. We found one at Lowe’s this year and I will probably put the lights on and start decorating one night this week. I’m waiting to let the branches “fall” a little bit since the tree was bundled when we found it.
We are getting very excited about the upcoming Holiday season. It will be a very busy few weeks as I wrap up the Fall semester with my kiddos at school and try to get my Christmas shopping started, and finished. We are also anxiously awaiting the arrival of my cousins’ new baby, little Jack. He should be here sometime around Christmas…maybe Matt will have a birthday buddy!