We traveled to California to have Thanksgiving with Mike's family this year. I don't have many pictures, but here is a run-down of the fun we had.
The first part was not so fun. Driving late Wednesday afternoon. The traffic out of Phoenix was brutal, so we added an hour onto our drive time. The kids were fairly good in the car. The promise of a Happy Meal at the mid-point of the trip always helps!
Turkey day was filled with lots of good food, game playing and several Nerf gun battles. The boys were totally happy.
I don't know why I don't ever take pictures during the actual dinner. I guess no one wants pictures of themselves stuffing their faces! After dinner, we put in a movie and played games, making sure to sample all of the yummy pies and cookies for dessert throughout the night.
Friday morning, I woke up before 6 am to make it to the JoAnn's black Friday sale. Mike got major brownie points for driving me there and then staying and helping as I waited for 3 hours to get my fabric cut and purchased. (Big thanks to Mike's family for watching our kiddos while we were gone.) We also found a new Nativity ornament and a few other little Christmas items. I have the best husband! It was actually fun and most people there were in a great mood and chatty. I met a lady who had a son who served a mission for our church in Arizona and even served in my home town. What a small world!
After lunch, the girls set out for another round of shopping. Target and Old Navy were surprisingly calm. I guess it helps to go later in the day, although the selection is limited with some items. I found most of the few things that I was looking for, so it was great. The boys and kids had fun playing at the nearby park, more Nerf gun battles, and watching Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving and other kid videos at Grandma and Grandpa's house during the day. The boys just couldn't get enough cousin time!
Mr. Three also managed to have a little fun with my eyeliner and mascara. He needed a little battle paint, I guess.
After a dinner of tamales and leftover pie, we played some more games and visited. After 11:00 pm, I finally had to exit the fun to get some sleep. This pregnant body couldn't stay awake any longer, so I retired early to my bed.
We headed home on Saturday full of good food and memories, grateful for the time we could spend with the whole family gathered together. We are blessed to be able to travel and be with our Croft family at least a few times a year. We just wish we could see them more often!
I hope your Thanksgiving was happily full as well.