Monday, November 9, 2009

What the holidays REALLY mean...

So I was babysitting last Friday afternoon, and we were reading this book about what the holidays really mean. The book sure was focused on all the formalities of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it made my mind wander elsewhere.

Thanksgiving to me and my family is all about being together. We used to have the best time all crowding into our tiny little house on Morning Forest Ct. We would all be outside playing football in the street or basketball in the driveway. It would be a challenge for me, Abby and Cabe to get someone "older" to come out and play H-O-R-S-E with us. I remember everyone crowding in the garage and just talking about all the times they used to share when they were little, or doing their best "Cousin Eddie" impression. All the adults always sat at the big dining room table, while the kids (Me, Cabe and Abby) would always sit at the little blue fisher price table in the living room. Mom would even set place mats and the little pilgrim and turkey candles in the middle so that we wouldn't feel left out. After we would all eat until we were sure to pop, we would pop Uncle Phil's apple pie into the oven and all make pallets on the floor or pile onto the couches and watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It basically described our family, and we each took on our own character. I was Audrey, Cabe was Rusty, Dad was Clark....Uncle Eddie was Cameron....etc. Those times were priceless, and I miss them so much. Although things will never be that way again, we are so blessed to be able to still get together and be thankful for all the wonderful things that we have in our lives today. I can't wait to start new traditions this year by moving Thanksgiving dinner to College Station, and heading out to witness the Ags BTHO Texas!

Make sure you tell everyone how much you love them everyday, and be thankful for all the wonderful memories you have to look back on. We are all getting older and starting our own traditions...can you imagine what it will be like 5 years from now? Crazy!

Oh, and please keep Nini in your thoughts and prayers over the next few months. She is one of a kind and like another Momma to me and needs all the healing and positive vibes sent her way! We ♥ You!

Have a fabulous week everyone! Can't wait to see the family in Dallas this weekend!


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