My sisters in my grandparents' backyard
With my sisters!
With my sisters and a couple cousins!
It was a beautiful day, so we took my new camera outside and played around with some cousin photos!
Then we embarked upon the 1.25-hour drive back to Fort Worth to see Jeff's family. I was still sick at that point, and I was exhausted and tired of being in the car, and I was kind of sad thinking about the whole family eating without us in Plano, and I was getting hungry (such an odd feeling for Thanksgiving Day... haha!), and I regret it, but I was kind of a grumpy wife for an hour or so. I did not handle all the craziness of our Thanksgiving schedule with grace this year. I felt horrible about it afterward... I had so much to feel blessed about (three big family dinners! a reliable car to take us to and from them all! a sweet husband who goes along with the crazy holiday schedule! so much more!), but all I could think about was the congestion in my head and how badly I wanted to sleep and how much law school work was waiting for me at home. Poor Jeff didn't have a very happy Katie during that drive, but he was very understanding.
Before we got to Fort Worth I told myself to snap out of it, and I thanked God for the wonderful things in my life and put a smile on my face, but I couldn't help that I still just felt sick and tired. Arriving in Fort Worth was good though - we walked in just as they were started to fill their plates, and it was so nice to hug everyone and finally get some food!
Jeff's grandma lets me do the table centerpieces, and I always have such fun playing with her pretty vases!
(Sidenote: I LOVE that I can get pictures like this one with the new camera. LOVE it!)
The food was delicious, as always, and of course we loved spending time with family and some people we don't get to see often!
Jeff's grandma with the food!
Jeff's dad and grandaddy
Eventually it was time to get back in the car for another 1.25-hour drive, this time to McKinney to see the other side of my extended family! On the way there we passed a beautiful rainbow! After my grumpiness during the earlier car ride and feeling so horrible about it, that rainbow kind of felt like God telling me that it was all okay. Thanks God. :)
We made it to Four Bells Ranch (home of my aunt, uncle, grandparents, and a couple cousins) at dusk. It's so pretty there!
I only took a couple photos because I was busy tending to the gravy, green bean casseroles, and corn. Gran-Mom explained to me how she makes the gravy, which was great. I try to learn something new about cooking a Thanksgiving meal each year, and the gravy is an important part!
Me with my Uncle Chris
My mom and Gran-Mom
After a delicious meal, my sisters and I gathered our ads and set out to do some Black Friday shopping! I was exhausted and sick still, but tradition is tradition, so we stood in line at Kohl's for the midnight opening!
After Kohls (where we got all the doorbusters on our list, thank you very much!), we made a quick stop at Best Buy and Target, and then we decided to head home.
(ugh... don't I look awful here? The cold was getting the best of me!)
Normally we stay out a lot later and do a lot more shopping, but I was tired and sick, and Kristen's phone battery died, and Kristen dropped my phone into a giant cup of cranberry juice (long story - just another thing that made the trip hectic!) so we were without phone communications, and we decided it would be best to just head back to the house and get some sleep!
So we went back, and I feel asleep pretty much immediately! It was a long, full day. We truly do have so, so much to be thankful for!