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When we first began discussing where to spend Thanksgiving, we decided on spending it with my family. Truth be told, I am much closer to my family than Andy is with his, and visiting my family meant a 4-hour round-trip drive instead of hours and days spent traveling to see his. Plus, everyone in my (very small) family comes home for the holidays, so we wanted to spend another Thanksgiving with them while we still live nearby (since we probably won’t travel for Thanksgiving when we move away.) We’d like to visit Andy’s family in Iowa in the future, since it has been years since he saw those nieces and nephews– one nephew has a child of his own now, making Andy and me great-uncle and great-aunt (!!!)– it just wasn’t financially feasible at this point. We are hoping to visit Grandma C in Indiana over New Year’s, though.
Our first Thanksgiving was simple and peaceful, exactly what I had hoped for the holiday. We slept in until about 9 am and was on the road to Owensboro by 10:30. Thank you, time change, for working in our favor. We arrived in Owensboro around 11:15 am and enjoyed hanging out together while Mom and Brandi cooked. Andy *impatiently* waited because he was hungry. I had no problems waiting for the food because I got to cuddle 2 sweet kittens!
Once the food was done, Mamaw prayed over it and we dug in! Andy and I sat at the “kids table” — aka the cool people table. In most families, the kids’ table is for rejects but in my family it’s the place to be! It’s always great spending time with my sisters and their husbands. Unfortunately, Brandi’s fiance Aaron had to work so he missed out on the fun!
Before we left, Andy and I snagged my mom’s nativity set. Putting it in the front yard was always one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Mom hadn’t displayed the set in an entire decade, so Andy and I decided we would take it off her hands. One problem though: we didn’t have a ladder to get into the garage. No fear, Andy was there with his shiny new Air Assault badge! He fashioned a ladder out of plastic chairs and swung his way into the “attic space” (literally some planks of wood resting on top of 2×4’s), all while yelling “AIR ASSAULT!” (Me: “Do you want a safety brief? Because that’s how you get a safety brief!”)
Nonetheless, all was well and we got the nativity set home, safe and sound.
On Friday, we slept in a bit. I worked on some freelance writing pieces and then we both headed to Andy’s office for him to do some work in preparation for Monday. I took a book to read while instructing Andy on how to use Excel spreadsheets 😉
Once that was over, we headed home to binge-watch Gilmore Girls! Andy joined in with me, since it was the show that kept me company while we dated long-distance. (In reality, I was watching it on his gaming TV so he had no choice.) I shall give away no spoilers, but safe to say I enjoyed it and hope they make a revival-to-the-revival. Andy suggested eating chocolate-covered popcorn which was a great idea but so rich I could barely eat it!
On Saturday, we put up the rest of our Christmas decorations. It took about 15 minutes since we really don’t have any decorations. I’m a little sad, but it’s just not in the budget this year. That’s okay, decorations aren’t what it’s about anyway. We did get our little “Believe” banner and some stockings hung up though! My childhood stocking had my name printed on it in glitter glue so I was excited to do the same for my husband and me.
On Saturday night we went to Santa Claus, Indiana, which I will blog about in a future post! And on Sunday, we went to church, relaxed, and got ready for Monday.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!