We were greeted with a warm smile and huge hugs from mama upon leaving the security area and readily loaded and hopped into her car for some Chick-fil-a and catch up. (well, that is after I ran back inside to the check-in desk to let one of the attendants know that I left Cooper's diaper bag on the airplane. Thank you to the nice worker who retrieved it for me!! You know when you travel with umpteen bags, it's a guarantee that one day you will forget one of those items on an airplane!) Anyway, after retrieving the diaper bag, driving a few miles down the road to the Chick-fil-a and devouring in some yummy chicken, we were Grenada bound!
This trip was particularly special for us because this was the first time my family had all been together for a major holiday in almost 7 years!! (since Clay and I have been married basically). Though it has worked out that we have spent a number of wonderful weeks in MS at various times throughout the years, it never seems to work out for all of us to be together on a holiday. Yea for togetherness! We were able to see quite a few of our relatives and friends while in the state which made it even more memorable.
Baylor (my husband and sis-in love's schools) had a huge win over the weekend, so Cooper donned his Baylor Bears shirt the whole next day. It's hard for us because we have so many schools we route for between Ole Miss, MSU, Baylor and OSU so we take turns wearing the shirts. :)
Papa fixed his garden-grown vegetables and special peaches n' cream for us while we were in town.
A visit to Jackson allowed us to see other grandparents and get quick hugs and a cup of hot cocoa from one of my aunts and cousins.
Exploring in the woods behind Rassie's house...if only I had not been worried about snakes the whole time. The boys were quite disappointed when their little adventure was cut short. :)
More dear friends and some of our kids.
Helping Rassie decorate for Christmas.
Love my mama.
Maybe next time when trying to get them to smile at the same time I should not have them proclaim, "Merry Christmas!!!" first. Note to self: the only thing you will get if you do that is wide-open mouths.
Parker and Cooper's "3 ornaments on one branch" tree (that I am sure Rassie has never changed! ha ha!)
Jingles has now joined our family. He is loved dearly. Friends, you have asked for years if we were ever going to get a dog...well, here you go! We now have a dog. ;)
A trip to Oxford.
Uncle Galloway and Shorty - Brothers
Parker helped Mama Sam and Shorty in the garden :)
And before heading back from Oxford to Grenada, we wanted to give hugs to Aunt Kathi. (the boys were quite exhausted at this point; Cooper actually passed out before I even got out of the neighborhood at 5:45. Must have been the combination of the park and Shorty's "E-I-E-I-O" (aka riding lawn mower/tractor to Cooper that wore them out. ha ha!)
I took the boys by my elementary school before the end of our stay down South and I do believe they had quite the fun.
We even got snuggles with Cousin Collin, Cousin Ashland, Uncle Butch and Lala while in Grenada. I realized after returning that I did not have pics with the boys and their Lala or their Aunt Val. I am kicking myself for not getting one. Next time...
The flight home was great. Our bags were stuffed full with holiday treats and gifts from family members; we are so spoiled! The boys entertained themselves with stickers and more stickers, airplane treats, a book and our special elf friends, that belonged once upon a time to Grandmother. (thank you Aunt Kathi!!)
airport time in Minne that would have been close to perfect! :)
Thanks to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We love each of you so much and look forward to our next trip that allows us to see each of you for more hugs, kisses, and memories!