2,486 miles is the number of miles we traveled last Thanksgiving week. FL, AL, PA, MD – all states that were visited by the James family in the past week.
We started out with a very quick trip to my dad’s new house in FL to celebrate an early Thanksgiving. Sheff got to play around in the hot tub, take walks around the neighborhood, and eat a thousand Lunchables. We had such a good time, and the weather was mostly good the whole time we were down there. My dad’s new “retirement” home is beautiful, and so was the area surrounding it.
From there, we hopped a plane up to Baltimore and then drove about 2.5 hours over to PA. I’m not one for putting super personal things on the internet, but my grandma was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, so my mom’s family wanted to get everyone together to do a giant family reunion Thanksgiving. We had 45 family members there, some of whom I hadn’t seen in decades and had to reintroduce myself to. Sheffield even got up before Thanksgiving dinner to say the Pledge of Allegiance (please tell me you get the movie reference!). My grandmother looked great despite what all is going on, the kids got to play outside with their cousins, and sand tarts were eaten.
We had a super early flight home on Saturday, and as soon as we got home, we hit the road again for Montgomery to go to B’s parents to watch the Iron Bowl – and what a game that was! War Eagle!! B’s mom made a bunch of yummy dips, and we took victory shots. It was such a good time. I think I was awake for a total of twenty minutes after the game before my tired body just gave out, and I was passed out on the couch. Gigi and Sheff even did a fun craft of creating some Christmas ornaments.
After we finally got home on Sunday, I got to hit the gym for a run, and then went to Trader Joe’s just to sneak a peek at all the fun Christmas stuff, got a Publix sub for lunch, came home to watch the Packers win (GREAT weekend for football for this household!), and then when Sheff woke up, we did the tree. He got a new dinosaur ornament, and put the first one on the tree for the year.
It was a crazy whirlwind of a week filled with good food, family, and traveling. It was exhausting, but worth it. I hope you all had a very happy Turkey day and are getting back into the weekly groove.