Gracie is asleep, John is working on Celebration stuff, and I have been sitting here rubbing my eyes trying to figure out where I want to start writing. This time of year is always so interesting in our family. We are so tired that we are liable to fall over and go to sleep at any given moment in the day, we are on a "Christmas High" (or maybe we have just had a lot of peppermint mocha), we get to see so much family, yet a lot of the nights consist of being a tad bit lonesome. Oh, it's the most wonderful time of the year :)
Well, I better just start with Thanksgiving.
We were able to go to Arizona to visit my family for Thanksgiving this year. It is always SO beautiful in AZ around this time of year, so John was looking forward to lots of golfing and I was looking forward to lots of time with the ones I love most. We had an EARLY flight out. Like REALLY early. like 6 am.
(I should put this out as a disclaimer, everything I am about to say really is true. And we are laughing about it now..well ...kind of)
Anyway. I wake Gracie up to get us all in the car and to the airport when I notice that her eyes are madded together. seriously. I was thinking to myself "is this really happening?"... But with it being such a crazy travel week, I knew that we couldn't just reschedule our flight and go to the doctor. We decided to just keep going and we would deal with it when we landed.
I should also say that I had been sick for about 5 days already. Soar throat, no voice, runny nose. lovely :)
We find out that our flight was cancelled. We get rerouted through Oklahoma (wasn't that where the worst snow storms were this last week? so confusing.)
We finally landed in AZ about 6 hours after our scheduled arrival.
From there we went straight to urgent care and got Gracie some drops for her eyes. Have y'all ever tried to give an 18 month old eye drops? horrendous.
From then we just spent time with family. Mom and Shea still had school through Wednesday.
Gracie loved Auntie Shea. On Tuesday we went and surprised Shea and took her out of school early :)
Every Wednesday me and my BFF Bethany talk on the phone. I look forward to our Wednesday "phone dates" all week long. THIS particular Wednesday I got to SEE my BFF!!!! We went to one of "our" restaurants for lunch and then we went to her salon! I always feel SO honored with Bethany does my hair. I have never ever ever not liked what she has done. We decided to chop mine off and I love it :) I also had her cut Gracie's hair, but just a little bit. It was more of a sentimental thing :)
But Gracie did GREAT for her first haircut! I was proud of her. I will count my few hours with Bethany as such an incredible blessing. But I am still praying that her and Kenny become Texans :) I mean, LOOK at that Texas hair!!! :) :) :) :)
Wednesday evening we got to have Thanksgiving with the VanCamp side. This was the first real meal that John has had with (most) of that side. It was good to see all my cousins and aunts and uncles. My grandma's cooking is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G so that was wonderful :)
Wednesday night I started to feel worse. Gracie's eyes were doing MUCH better and I was SO thankful. I went to go to sleep and my body would NOT relax. I couldn't breathe deep and then I started to panic because I felt like I couldn't breathe. I was SO tired and the last thing that I wanted to do was go to a doctor. John (being the sweet man he is) practically MADE me get in the car at 11 at night and go to the ER. It turns out I had a pretty hefty case of bronchitis. After a couple breathing treatments and some drugs, we pulled in the driveway about 3 am and crawled into bed to sleep before turkey day.
Thursday morning we slept in and I MISSED THE ENTIRE PARADE!
I watch the parade EVERY SINGLE YEAR. I think I am still a little sad about that, but I definitely needed the sleep.
We had a great day with my family.
We spent the day at Grandma Peggy and Papa Nathan's. Which, I am still kicking myself for not getting ONE picture with them. But in my own defense, I was highly drugged that day. ha
And THANK YOU to my sweet Aunt Sherry for Gracie's outfit.
She never ceases to amaze me! And Gracie always looks cute because of her :)
We enjoyed eating and laying around this day. Gracie loved snuggling with Lollie.
We also had "Christmas" with this side of the family on Thursday. I wanted them to be able to see Gracie's reaction to their presents, so we went ahead and had Christmas. Lollie bought Gracie a pink Minnie Mouse tent, and lets just say, IT IS A HIT!
Grandma Peggy (who also bought Gracie's bitty baby) got her baby a new outfit and blankie. ITS SO CUTE !!!!!
Then we all zonked out after presents and food :)
That evening we got to go and see "FROZEN" while my grandma watched Gracie. It was SO GOOD. Well, I loved it. And we have the soundtrack and its awesome.
And then of course the next day was Black Friday. We decided to venture out and see what kind of deals we could find. We found some things. But I just loved being with these two!!!
I cry multiple times a week when I am away from these two women. They both are such incredible influences in my life. Thank goodness my grandma has learned to text so we talk ALL THE TIME, but nothing compares to strolling down a mall or sitting with a cup of coffee and talking about life.
I am still praying we will all live in the same zip code someday!
We wrapped up our trip with multiple trips "ide" (outside)
Gracie LOVED being outside with all the llamas, mules, cows and doggies!