Thankful Tuesday: Oh the Holidays!

(We traveled to Texas, Philadelphia, and made a little hop up to Connecticut. You know, keeping it simple.)

  • Christmas morning snow… in Texas
  • Time with my grandmothers. (Ages 88 and 91)
  • A night of hanging out in my brother’s kitchen with both brothers, both sisters in law, and my husband! This is a feat very difficult to pull off and I’m grateful for my husband who made that gathering happen
  • How Brooksie has learned to make this face
  • My sweet nephew looking out for August during the candlelight service
  • My husband’s gift in the art of turkey roasting
  • Morning coffee time with my mom, aunt and grandma
  • Lots of cousins playing together in small spaces
  • For the wild togetherness of my family in Amarillo, for the made-up games, family Wii Just Dance, and all the dogs everywhere (Even, apparently, on my dad’s head in the picture below.)
  • For my nieces and nephews reading parts of the Christmas story on Christmas Eve and for E sharing her favorite Bible verses
  • For the restful days at my mother in law’s, for her soup, her salad, and her faithful attention to her grandsons
  • For my mother in law’s awesome fur coat. (Why, yes, that is my going-out outfit. Judge not.)
  • For books read in the middle of the day
  • Lots of together time for August and Grama Sue (Chris’ grandmother)
  • For coffee dates with friends in Philly
  • Family snow time in Connecticut and front yard sledding in the Philadelphia burbs
  • A sweet introduction to Samantha, our new niece
  • An amazing night of “Just Dance”-ing in the New Year with our Philly friends. (I’m always grateful that we are welcomed back into our friendships there. When we’re there, it feels like we’ve continued to live our lives with those friends. That’s such a gift.)
  • Boys who miraculously have learned to sleep on airplanes and who adjust fairly well to time zone changes.

It was a good rest, a wonderful celebration of a 12 day trip and I’m so so so grateful to be home again.

  • Dawn Wright

    This is a great list. All the photos are fun, but I love that one of your family. 100 stockings, a guy gnawing on a turkey leg, a dog on your dad’s head, and everyone laughing. That’s like 5 Family Christmas Specials in one photo. :) My list has no dogs or turkey legs, but it still makes me smile.

    • michaboyett

      Thanks Dawn. Yeah, that picture cracks me up. It’s actually a picture of us trying to get the kids to smile for the camera on the other side of the room. And, yes, 100 stockings is correct. :) Thanks for linking up!

  • Lynette

    I love hanging out in the kitchen with family, whether it be our home, my Dad/Brother or in-laws. conversations are always the best!

    • michaboyett

      Total agreement, Lynette. Kitchens conversations are the best, especially when one of your relatives has a dog on his head…

  • Rebecca
    • michaboyett

      Rebecca, it was so great reading your list and *meeting* you. Thanks for linking up!

  • Jeannie

    This is so nice. I love the little yellow “bird” in the tobogganing shot — that just makes the picture for me!

    I had a Christmas-to-be-thankful-for too though I guess it wasn’t a Tuesday that I posted about it:

    I love your blog — thanks for sharing your life with all of us!

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  • Amy B

    A day late is better than never, right?? :o)