Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I love love LOVE this holiday. Aside from the amazing food, in my family its a mini jump start of Christmas. Every year since I was about 5 my grandmother has always decorated for Christmas the week before Thanksgiving so that all of the decorations are up for us to enjoy them. We used to decorate the tree after Thanksgiving dinner, but we all began to notice that my grandmother would always go back and move the ordainments around once we were done. She claims it was to make the tree more even, but I fully believe it's because certain people (me) would purposely place all their ordainments front and center.
Our day stated off a little stressful. Both our families obviously celebrate Thanksgiving but getting to both houses is during the Thanksgiving dinner time frame is extremely stressful. Last year we were still living in North Carolina at Camp Lejeune so we were only able to come up for 2 days before having to head back to base. Those 2 days were horribly stressful. I hate saying that but it was too much and by the end of the trip we found ourselves wishing we had just stayed in North Carolina.
Here's why. My parents house is about 45 minutes away from my grandparents in Arlington where we celebrate all the holidays starting at 4:00pm. Andrews parents live out in the middle of nowhere 2 hours away in the opposite direction of Arlington and start dinner around 5:00pm. So for us to get to everyones house on Thanksgiving during the dinner time frame, that requires us driving almost 1 hour in one direction to stay for 45 minutes or less, then to almost immediately turn back around and drive 2 hours in the other direction and only be there less than an hour because of how late it is, miss dinner completely, and then to drive 2 hours back home. That puts us in the car for 5 hours without traffic. It was way too much last year and by the end of Thanksgiving, we didn't enjoy it at all. So we had a tough decision this year. Go through the chaos of trying to get to everyone, or make a decision that we will alternate Thanksgiving every year between each home. We ultimately decided to begin alternating. This year with my family, next year with Andrews. At the end of the day, we want to be able to enjoy our holiday and not feel like we are being worn thin. I know since we will have a 7 month old next year that we had to make the decision now and set it in stone so that next year wasn't chaos. So even though we unfortunately couldn't see Andrews family this year, they will have us all of next Thanksgiving, which mainly means they get to see the baby for all of next Thanksgiving.
After we decided on what we were going to do, we got ready for the day and made our trip to Arlington. I love holidays at my grandparents house. It's everything I think anyone would hope a holiday would be. A huge loud family, kids running around everywhere, and lots and lots of food. My grandma makes some of the most amazing food as well (especially the stuffing) so I literally look forward to the stuffing more than anything. My baby bump was definitely a hit this year and I knew my baby bump would love the amazing food it was about to get.
I had to be careful with eating because I knew if I ate too quickly I would get sick and the last thing I wanted to do was spend Thanksgiving puking. I had a really rough puke morning so I knew I had to be careful. I probably worked on the plate about for about an hour and then rested another 45 minutes before diving into desert. I am so bummed I did not get pictures of desert because it was so good. Plus during desert time my siblings were trying to get everyone to do the manniquen challenge so things were kind of chaotic.
We stayed for a couple hours and it was so nice. We both were so happy we decided to split the holiday because we were able to actually enjoy everything. Even if we had just went to his parents house, I know we would've had a great time because spending time with family is what's most important. It's crazy for us to think we will have a 7 month old next year at Thanksgiving. I found myself almost tearing up a few times because I am so grateful to have this family. this husband, and this little boy in my belly.
I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and hugs their loved ones a little extra special tonight.
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!