This weekend. Long. Not long enough. Frenetic, fantastic, family-centered, filled with love. This is the time of year when I dread winter. The fall is coming to an end and I dread the arrival of bitter cold or worse yet, snow, wet snow. Thanksgiving happens during this time and almost always deflects the mind’s dwelling on what’s to come in the next few months.
As did most other families in America, we celebrated the big holiday at home, surrounded by family and friends. My parents-in-law hosted a delicious and warm dinner. Evan and I caught up with family and family friends and returned home replete with turkey, stuffing, and dessert. One almost always needs the following day to rest up from the exertions of all that eating or to begin their holiday shopping.
There is a big difference in being welcome and being wanted — the girls weren’t just welcome at Baba and Deda’s house on Saturda, they were wanted. Only happy to oblige, Evan and I dropped the girls off in Wilmington before returning home to enjoy a vegan lunch, rest, relaxation, cooking, cleaning, laundry, movies, and crafting. In addition to quality time with their grandparents, Sophia also received an invitation for some one-on-one quality crafting time at my sister’s house. She was over the moon about the invitation and is still talking about all that they did.
Last, but not least, and most importantly with donuts (lemon meringue donut anyone?) today all four of us ventured back to my sister’s house but this time to fulfill my nephew’s birthday present which included the assembly of this raspberry pi-based computer. Evan and Alex assembled the kit and even did some programming. The girls ran around, played, were loved on, and generally flattered about the attention and care they received from their aunt, uncle, and cousin.