After a long day of travel, I'm back at home sitting on our couch in my warm pj's feeling incredibly blessed. We were in the car for almost 6 hours today, but it was worth it.
The day started with brunch in Watkinsville with the Arnolds. It was delicious and lovely! Egg & spinach quiche, fruit salad, roasted sweet potatoes, biscuits, and sausage. Yum. I love getting to use Grandmother's dishes from 1940. The plates themselves are beautiful, but what a beautiful heirloom object and legacy. (My 4th graders are working on an heirloom project)
After we finished eating, we made our way out to Jack's Tree Farm for the traditional Christmas tree hunt. The Arnolds have always cut down their own tree on Thanksgiving Day - a fun tradition that I have enjoyed becoming a part of! Last year I picked out the winning tree. This year I got even more involved; I was the measuring unit! The tree had to be 3x my height. (There's always a short joke involved since I married into a family of really tall people!)
After helping to get the trees trimmed and set up, Brian and I set out for Greenville, SC for Thanksgiving with my parents. We had a final Thanksgiving in my grandparents' home. It's going up for sale soon, so all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins got together. I got to have all of the traditional casseroles that Nana used to make! Broccoli casserole, sweet potato casserole with the crunchy topping, dressing, baked mac n cheese...yum.
It was so fun to listen to my little cousins play and laugh. Love 5 year old laughter. There was a sweet, neighborhood black kitty hanging out who would gladly eat leftover turkey from us. This cat was so sweet and incredibly patient with the kids. The poor cat got swung around, squeezed, dropped, thrown down, fed cupcake...and yet it stuck around! I really, really wanted to bring her home. Wheatley needs a friend, right!? My uncle told me the cat actually belonged to a family across the street, so no new sister for Wheatley.
Because we were traveling (and I forgot the cooler...), we didn't get any leftovers. I didn't have a meal planned for tonight, so we were hungry and kind of up a creek. Most fast food places were closed (as they should be - employees should be able to be with family, too), and the one McDonald's that was open is incredibly hard to get to on a crazy, busy street that Brian and I try our best to always avoid. It's the first one we passed, and we didn't feel like driving back to it. Thank goodness our FAVORITE Chinese place was open! How "A Christmas Story" of us. :)