We typically don't have a hard and fast rule about where we go for Thanksgiving every year. One year, we went all the way to Indiana to see Brian's mom and Stepdad. One year we drove all the way to Southern Florida to have Thanksgiving at my Aunt Diane's house. Last year, we went to FT and Nancy's house to celebrate what would then be FT's last Thanksgiving with his family before passing away from cancer. :(
Most years, however, we travel 2.5 hours to Tucker, GA to spend Thanksgiving with my Dad and Stepmom. We were planning on making the drive again this year, but Brian had other plans. He suggested that we take a little mini vacation up to Concord, NC to visit The Great Wolf Lodge.
Our Great Wolf Lodge adventure will be for another post :)
Because we were going to miss Thanksgiving dinner with our families, the kids and I drove down to Georgia to see my parents the weekend before.
We had lunch with The Gray Family :) Or, more exactly, what's left of the Gray family that still lives at home! I first met Lisa Gray when she brought her two little boys into the public library when I was 15 years old. I had a summer job shelving books in the children's section. Lisa liked how patient I was with Stuart (2 years) and Mitchell (10 months) in helping them pick out books. She asked me for my phone number and if I was interested in babysitting.
Stuart is now a Sophomore at Georgia State University. His little brother Mitchell is a Freshman at the University of Rochester. And their little sister Mary (who was born on my 17th birthday!) is a Junior at the local Catholic high school :)
It has been our tradition to eat lunch with Lisa and whatever kids are around that weekend. My kids LOVE hanging out with the Grays. Lisa gets a kick out of seeing me as a mom now, too :)
After lunch, the kids and I played outside while Jocelyn napped.
Jayce even took a picture of me.
My dad came out to work with Jo Jo, his German Short Hair Pointer.
Jo Jo does not make a great hunting dog. She is very skittish and scared of everything.
Jaina wanted a photo shoot with her "son" who has appeared on my blog several times. Yes, Pink Doggie is in fact a boy. He just likes to wear dresses. Especially pink ones. We are very open minded about gender roles at our house :)
Jaina is such a huge help with Jocelyn. Like her brother, she is not the best traveler. Her eating and sleeping habits go awry when we are out of the house. I was trying in vain to get her to eat any of the food I brought her. Jaina came and saved the day :)
We went to Stone Mountain Park for the rest of our trip but all of those pictures are on my cell phone. I guess that means I have more to blog soon!