Ahh it seems like forever that I've had the opportunity to sit down and write but ALAS here I am! I made it through the day and my kids are fast asleep so now with all the strength I have left I write. It feels so good to get my thoughts down on paper and watch what unfolds.
This past week we traveled to Michigan to spend the holiday with my family. Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays. It's the one time of year my entire family reunites for a day full of eating, touch football, and apple crisp. Each year we travel to a new family members house whether it be in Michigan, Chicagoland, or Champaign and each time it's more special than the last.
This year was ULTRA special though because we did something we've never done. We traveled to my moms (third) cousins (once or twice removed...I'll never understand how we're related) dairy farm where both my grandmother and my mother spent their summers. This place holds a lot of memories for our family and I felt so blessed to be able to come back to a place that my children had yet to explore.
As a kid I loved petting the baby calves and bottle feeding them whenever I had the chance SO of course I wanted my children to get in touch with their "country" selves as well. It was a blast seeing their faces light up (or scrunch up from the smell). It was just so nostalgic watching them run around in the same way I used to mannnyyyy moons ago.
I loved watching my husband experience the farm for the first time too! It was so fun to see him as wide eyed as the kids!
This is the place where hay bales became mountains, empty barns became "haunted houses," a fresh garden became our source of refuge when we needed a snack, and the outdoors became our sanctuary on a midsummers night.
After the chaos of the day died down we spent the remainder of our four night stay lounging around, shopping, dancing to Christmas music, decorating, watching movies and belly laughing wherever we went. It's been such a blast watching my kids bond with their cousins and truly love their company.
Rozalyn and her cousin Cylis think they are boyfriend and girlfriend and subsequently will be getting married someday! Oh how I love this age! I just can't bring myself to tell them the truth quite yet. So for just a bit longer I'll let them love one another to their hearts content.
Coming home I'm feeling overwhelmed with thankfulness and am going into this next holiday with so much joy!
Did anyone else have an extremely thankful Thanksgiving this year?
As always, thank you for stopping by! Merry Christmas!