The morning of Thanksgiving, I got up early to make up the dough for the bread we were contributing to both families' dinners. Once the rolls were formed and trayed, we packed up the necessities for our over-night visit and hit the road! Our first stop was Mimmy and Pappy's to drop off pie and bread, then on to Nanny's for the majority of the day.
A pre-meal tea party
Sharing tea with Granddaddy
Playing piano with Nanny
After gorging on turkey, sides, and the best darn dressing there ever was, we laid around and savored each others' company until it was time to head over to Mimmy and Pappy's for Thanksgiving dinner #2.
Pre-dinner football with Mimmy and Uncle Nate
Thanksgiving table set
Mimmy's turkey came out so pretty, we had to take a picture
On Mimmy's fridge
This year, we chose to spend the night at Mimmy and Pappy's, despite the fact that their house is in the middle of a renovation. It wasn't a big deal, though, to set up our blow-up mattress and the pack-n-play in the soon-to-be guest bedroom and make ourselves at home!
Audrey and Leeloo play while waiting on breakfast
Watching Charlie Brown with Mimmy and Pappy
The morning after Thanksgiving saw the second year of a new tradition: gathering back at Nanny's house to help decorate for Christmas. This year we walked from Grammy and Gramps' house to Nannys in the crisp fall weather (thanks to the last-minute cold front that prevented our Thanksgiving holiday from feeling like April!), crunching leaves and pointing out birds the whole way.
Audrey crunches leaves on the way to Nanny's house
Diving right in to decorating with the lighting of the tree
Ornaments holding the memories of generations of Christmases
Everyone pitches in
Katy puts up the topper
Once the tree was decorated, the attic unloaded, and the big and heavy stuff handled, everyone parted ways. As we prepared to head home to our own naked tree, lo and behold, a little girl became enthralled by a mysterious Christmas oddity...
Audrey discovers the Hypnotic Christmas House
The Baby Hypnotizing Christmas music box
Girl and music box
We had to peel Audrey away from the musical chime that has entertained many a grandchild at Nanny's house, but eventually we got everyone and everything piled back in Daddy's truck, and we headed on home. What a wonderful holiday, yet again, thanks to our family and the love and dedication of the wonderful cooks and decorators all around us.