Thanksgiving, Renunion and such

This Thanksgiving was wonderful.  We got a chance to spend time with a lot of family, which is hard to do when you don’t live near everyone. It was great to see family come together and exchange stories and memories.  I love being able to catch up with my cousin Patrick.  We used to be pals back in the day when we were just kids.  I’d say we were the more artsy/eccentric ones in our family, and I think we bonded because of that.  He had fun spending time with Parker too, which was sweet to see.  We also got to see quite a bit of my family up in NC.  We enjoyed seeing my brother, his wife Lisa and their two boys.  It made me look forward to have two boys that would be “kids”.  They seem to be so much fun!

Last weekend was also special because I got to go to my ten year high school reunion.  It’s crazy to think that it’s actually been ten years.  I remember as a part of our final in English class as a senior, we had to write where we thought we’d be in ten years.  That was interesting to do at the time, and it seemed like such a lifetime away.  I’m happy to say that I’ve been blessed way beyond what I had anticipated when I was in High School.  I was just in such a different place in my life then.  Now I have a beautiful family, home, and living a great life. God is good!  It was also interesting to see where everyone else is in their journey.  Some people seemed like the same ol’ folks just older, and some had traded in their midland accent for a thick southern draw.  Or, maybe they always had an accent, but I never noticed until I left and came back.  Its always great to see Jess and her fiance Chad.  I’m thankful for our friendship through the years post-graduation.  It was also really nice catching up with new faces that I haven’t seen in SO long.  We had a small class with only 80 or 90 something people graduating.  At the time, we thought our school was pretty lame because it was so small and didn’t have much to offer in the way of extra curricular activities and sports, but now it has expanded to a two story school with an elevator and is the most desirable school in the area.  There was about 20-30 people who turned out for the reunion, which I thought was a great turn out.  We had a nice dinner with a small group of us beforehand at Caffe Phoenix, which turned out to be a great restaurant in downtown Wilmington.  We had a great date night, and Parker apparently had a wonderful time visiting with Grandma and Grandpa at their house while we were out.

Parker was a champ on the trip up and back.  Sure, we had some of those moments, but all in all, it was a success.  Much of the credit has to do with our entertainment system in the Lexus and “Sid the Science Kid” DVDs.  We just turned his carseat around, because come to find out it is only rated for rear facing up to 20lbs, which Parker exceeded a month or so ago.  I don’t know what it is about “Sid”, but it is his absolute favorite for sure.  He just loves the catchy songs (even though it drives us crazy the umpteenth time on replay) and the show has bright colors and friendly voices.  I even think it has Elmo beat.  We decided to split the 8hr trip up into two days and stay in a hotel with some of Dan’s Hilton points.  That made it a little bit easier for Parker, plus gave us time to take it easy.

Overall it was a nice Holiday and trip.  This was our last road trip before baby Mason comes!  It’s crazy to think that we’ll have two boys…a family of four, for our next trip.  I’m a little excited, yet terrified on how those road trips will be!


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