Monday, December 04, 2006

So Much to be Thankful

Thanksgiving should be a nice time to reflect with family over the past year's wonders and a time to be thankful....Not too many have such a quiet reflection. The holidays are so full of hustle and bustle and not too many people take the time to be reflective of the season's purpose. I won't tell you that we took a quiet trip with family and all was so picturesque. I will tell you that as our family's go, it was not a quiet reflective holiday.
We began our Thanksgiving trip by visiting Granny for a couple of days. Those days were full of helping Granny decorate, shop and wrap gifts.
Then Daddy joined us and we took a much too long car ride to Austin. As most of you know, Maddie is not so fond of a car ride, so three hours in traffic was less than quiet. After arriving in Austin we were able to settle in for our visit with Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Mickey. We were very thankful to have been set up in a room at the Four Seasons where Maddie was just as pampered as we were. Our Thanksgiving dinner included cousins of Matthew and their children. We enjoyed cheering for Daddy's team on Friday (and in case you hadn't heard, aTm did actually win)! After the game, it was just beautiful weather and we decided to take Maddie to the Botanical Gardens. Aunt Mickey came along and it was a wonderful afternoon.
We finished our holiday weekend by driving the three and a half hours home. Thankfully Maddie was quite tired and slept most of the trip.
I guess at the end of the day, all the traveling is worth it. It is nice to be near family for the holidays, especially because there will be plenty of holidays we won't make it back for.
Of all the Thanksgiving holidays I've spent so far, this was the most enjoyable by far simply because we have our Madeleine and she seems to make all the hustle and bustle stop when she smiles.
We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and got to do some reflecting on your year and what you are truly thankful for.