I feel like I have passed a few things on to my daughter in the past two years. And apparently my love for turkey is one of those. Morgan Kate loved it so much that she wanted her very own turkey leg. That's my girl!
On a more serious note, we had a fabulous Thanksgiving. As cliche as it sounds, I really do have so many things to be thankful for. One of those things is my family. When I say family I don't just mean my little family of three or even my immediate family. I mean I am thankful for my parents, my brothers, my sister-in-laws, my grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. And I am also so very thankful that we all still put forth the time and effort to get together for the holidays. I did not get to see all of my family for Thanksgiving, but I did see a large majority of them. And the ones I didn't see for Thanksgiving I know I will see for Christmas.
We've always gotten together for the holidays, but this year it really struck home with me about how special that is and how rare that is. Often times in today's world it's hard to just get your immediate family together for the holidays, much less any extended family. But we did. We had family travel from Columbia, Summerville and even Macon, Georgia. We all contributed not only food, but conversation and laughter and love. I really did have the best time and I just tried to savor every second. It seems like each year I just realize even more how important my family is to me and I just want to enjoy every minute of them.
Some of us spent the morning serving others a Thanksgiving lunch. Again, another heartwarming experience. We spent the afternoon baking and cooking and just hanging out. And then we spent the evening eating and eating and eating. Seriously. Maybe not everyone did, but I did. I assure you. The food was way too good to pass up.
We also made time for snapping some photos.
And taking our annual walk through the lights at the Gardens. Always something I look forward to! This year however, I was more captivated by the look on Morgan Kate's face.
After the walk we went back to Mama Jean's for dessert. Yes, more food. And then we all got together and decorated Mama Jean's Christmas tree. This was something new for us this year and it's definitely something I want to continue. It was so nice to decorate the tree as a family and I know it made Mama Jean's heart smile.
I absolutely love this time of year and it reminds me of all the things that mean so much to me.