Monday, November 28, 2011


Our family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and I hope all of you did, too!

Early Tuesday morning we loaded up our car and headed to Western Tennessee. My brother and his family just bought a house and wanted to host the holiday this year. Everything went smoothly until about hour #6. We hit Nashville at rush hour and it took us forever to get through the city. Then Chloe Jo had an extreme meltdown in the bathroom at a Wendy's. She had an accident in the car and it took us a while to get cleaned up. The whole time she was screaming and acting like I was abusing her. When we finally came out of the bathroom everyone in the restaurant was staring at us. I was already frazzled because she acted so crazy so I was really upset when everyone was staring at us. I'm not going to lie. We left without staying to eat and when we got in the car, I cried for a while. It was not my best mother moment for sure. We had left at 6:30 in the morning and didn't get to my brother's until 9:30 (our time) that evening. It was a long day.

My sister and her family came in on Wednesday and my parents came on Thursday. It was so nice to see everyone!

One of the things we do every year is go around the table after we eat and tell one thing we are thankful for. This year I am extremely thankful for our health and that our little family is doing great. I'm so glad we weren't in our house when the tornado came through our town and knocked the tree over on it!

We spent 3 fun days in Tennessee with my family and had so much fun!

There was a lot of singing with Grampy.There was a lot of goofiness going on.

There was a little bit of crafting.
There was some smooching on Grampy.
Of course, there was lots of delicious food!
Friday afternoon we went out to a local state park. Russ and I wanted to have my sister taking Christmas card pictures, but we also took several family pictures.

G-Jo and Grampy (my parents)
Jeremy, Kaylee, Jordan and Shawna (my brother and his family)
I think you all know this little family!
Chelley, Brenson (in utero), Brianna and Chris (my sister and her family)
You're never too old or big to sit on your Daddy's lap!
G-Jo and Grampy with the grandchildren...they look so proud of themselves!
We stayed out at the park and played for a while before heading back to my brother's house.

I think this is a really cool picture. I may have to have it printed and frame it for Jordan's room.
Cute picture of Shawna and Jeremy
The kids and their spouses (minus my oldest brother and his family...they weren't there)
Brianna thought hanging on these rings was fantastic!
Jordan thought so, too!
Chloe Jo preferred sliding.
And Kaylee preferred posing for pictures.
I'm so glad we decided to drive out to spend Thanksgiving with my family this year! We will also be traveling to celebrate the Christmas holiday this year. We weren't able to do this at all last year so this is very exciting for us. I haven't been back to Missouri since January and Russ hasn't been back to Arkansas where his family lives or Missouri since last summer. We are also going to have our annual Christmas party in a couple of weeks so we are going to be very busy for the next month. That's all for now. I have a date with The Closer now!

1 comment:

Ashley said...

If you ever need a pit stop in Nashville, lemme know :) Glad yall had a great Thanksgiving - so fun! I'm hoping to get inspired to do all of these posts bouncing around in my head!