Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Good to Be Home!

Our Thanksgiving week was nice but involved entirely too much road traveling. Darling Daughter was off all week and my parents wanted her to spend a few days with them before Thanksgiving. We drove about 3 1/2 hours to meet them on Saturday, then turned around and drove home because hubby had to interpret at church on the 19th. Then we spent three days working around the house (and just enjoying some alone time together) before driving about 8 hours on Weds. to get to Arkansas for Thanksgiving with my Dad's side of the family.
My parents have a camp in Ark. which consists of a motor home permanently anchored and a little building about 12 X 12, which has a small bathroom with a shower, a stacked washer and dryer and a sleeper sofa (which is where we spend the night) while my parents and darling daughter sleep in motor home. We had Thanksgiving lunch with my Great Uncle and about 40 relatives. Then after lunch we drove to the Dallas area to my husbands parents.
Darling daughter had a blast at both places, she loves the woods and camping and she is crazy about her cousin that lives near Dallas. She is only 15 months older than this cousin so they play well together. As soon as we pulled into the driveway this cousin was running to the car and gave DD a best friend bracelet that has "best" on one bracelet and "friends" on the other.
We had a good visit with hubby's parents and two brothers (and families). My MIL has always wanted to plan a "girls night out", so this year she bought tickets for the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular for all 8 of the girls. She has three daughters in laws and 4 granddaughters. That was a fun trip. The guys went and visited with their grandparents who are shut ins now and live about 2 hours away.
Sunday we decided to leave Dallas early to beat the rush home. Boy am I glad we did. About 10:30 there was a major wreck in Waco which shut down both sides of the freeway causing all traffic to be rerouted, not just to the service road but thru town. Fortunately, we were there right after it happened so the traffic had not had time to really build up and it only delayed us about 30 or 40 minutes. If we had left after lunch like we usually do we would have had a much longer delay.
I think we figured out that we put about 1400 miles on my van this week with all the driving we did. Think I want to just stay home for awhile. Here is an interesting tidbit for those of you with children. Do not allow your children to collect acorns and then leave them in the car for a couple of days. Darling Daughter had collected a plastic container full of acorns while in Ark., left them in the car for about 4 days and opened them up on the trip home. She then let out a blood curling scream when she found worms in the container. I just slapped the lid back on and deposited the whole thing in the trash when we stopped for lunch! I don't think DD is going to be as anxious to collect acorns as she used to be!

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and are ready for the Christmas Season to begin. We have our first Christmas party this friday, I guess I need to get busy and get the decorations up, so we will be in the spirit! Blessings!

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