After enjoying a feast (of which the twins ate tons. More than I've ever seen them eat before! They were like bottomless pits!), those of us who didn't cook cleaned up while Nana played with Allie
and Ryan played with a very patient Indy. My children LOVE this dog! Not sure that Indy is as much of a fan of them...but she never showed it and let them give her many hugs.
Sadly, Nana had to leave early the next morning for a funeral. But we stayed and had a fun day with Grant and Lala.
The twins loved the big exercise ball!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Grant & Lala. Grant is a fabulous brother-friend, full of energy, always looking out for everyone. Our tire was low and he took it and filled it up, checked it for nails and leaks, all without us asking. He drove out of his way to find something that someone wanted on Black Friday, and he made sure that we got a taste (literally!) of Ohio before we left. And Lala, who is such a loving aunt, finally got to hear the twins say her name (note: they haven't stopped since we got home and all day all I hear is "Bye, bye, Lala"), received an impromptu hug from Allie, and became a preferred person :) Once worried that the twins didn't like her, this trip clearly solidified her place in their hearts!
I am Thankful For:
Lucas' family: I am privileged to have in-laws who always treated me as one of them, who let me know they truly love me - despite my many flaws, who clearly love my children and desire their best, with whom I can spend a happy and truly stress-free Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the man my parent-friends raised, and the amazing husband and father he is. I am so naive as to believe that everyone is as lucky with in-laws as I am, and I am truly grateful.
Modern technology: That connects us to family, and friends who are like family, when distance separates us. The day was more special because of the "family" in MA we were able to talk to, and our family members spread out all over with whom we were able to talk to throughout the day via phone and text.
Amazing sleep: I feel confident it is the pillows. The twins, who never sleep well in other places and were especially terrible the last time we spent a night at Lala's, slept incredibly! They went willingly to naps (and slept just as well and even better than at home!), and bed at night. Sure, we ended up with Allie in our bed both nights - the second earlier than we had hoped - but it was like night and day compared to our last trip!
A safe trip home!