Oh wait, that sorta happened.
|Snowflakes in Central Pennsylvania!|
But shall I rewind a bit to the day before Thanksgiving? The day I was attempting to pack everything up, clean the car and entertain the kiddos. What a horrible day.
It never fails, the last few hours before we head out on a trip are just horrific. I can't remember all the details precisely. Just that my computer totally, for real died right in the middle of an important project. And that Jude spilled his entire cup of juice all over the recently-mopped floor. And after I mopped and dried it once it was still sticky and I ended up having to mop it again. And that Jack volunteered to water all the plants and it was too late by the time I realized he was watering an artificial orchid and water was streaming down the stand and puddling all over the modem and wireless transmitter. And the number of times Julia unpacked the suitcase I was trying to pack.
|She loves Nonnie and Poppie's kitty-cat!|
Speaking of the Lil Miss, she was whiny and clingy the entire day, which makes cleaning and packing a bit of a challenge. I knew what it meant. All of last week Jack was dealing with a croupy cough, we've been running vaporizers, hanging out in the steamy bathroom and slathering on the Vicks hoping it would all be cleared up by Thanksgiving. Of course, in the back of all our minds is the real question: Who's next?
|Playing at Great Uncle Pete's house.|
|One of her brighter moments on Thanksgiving day.|
In between those two sleepless nights was a trip to New Jersey to celebrate Thanksgiving with my mother-in-law's family and have dinner with 50+ other guests. Julia was a trooper, a miserable one, but she hung in there throughout the long, long day. There were a few moments when she rallied and let someone else entertain her for a little ...
|Like her first-cousin-once-removed Lizzy.|
|We don't see much of this kid when the big cousins are around!|
|Thanksgiving Day group shot|
Photo Credit: Nonnie
|Papa and Nana with their 10 great-grandkids!|
On Sunday, 2/3 of my children slept through church and then we went to Uncle Micah's house for food, football and chatting. By the time we got back to Jon's parents' house, ate dinner and packed the car it was another late evening. We prefer to travel at night when we can, because it's easier when the kids sleep. But by 8:30 I was the one nodding off while my boys were still going strong in the backseat.
|A little feverish but still working up a smile!|
Photo Credit: Aunt Juliann
But at the end of the day we're still thankful, thankful for our health. Thankful that this is the first time a few of us have been sick in a long time (and that it's just a cold). Thankful for friends and family. And so thankful for the opportunity to see them all this past week!
And also very thankful to be back home, in our own beds, and anticipating another full night of catching up on sleep!