Holidays always make me aware of time passing. When a Grandparent has started to forget, when wedding announcements are made or babies are passed around the family circle, when loved ones struggle through seeing sick friends, when children that once only slept are now running and laughing…..time passes always but the holidays give me time to really look it over, slow down or break the routine and take it all in.
My mom and dad arrived in order to spend Thanksgiving week with us. Lilly would have Nana and Daddy George sleepovers at the State Park campground while Wil and I enjoyed free babysitting. Willow took a liking to my dad and my dad thinks it’s because they have the same hair style. 🙂 The gang traveled to Turbeville, SC where my grandfather lives and we were treated to an amazing spread of food by Sylvia Jean. Visiting with family that I rarely see is always a strange yet satisfying experience. It’s like a box has been checked in my head and I can go on living knowing that I have gotten hugs from them to last me through to the next awkward visit.
One day, we headed to Brookgreen Gardens and visited the statues, plants and animals that we have grown to love. Thank you (you know who you are, wink wink) for that amazing gift. I always get so much from going to that magical land.
At the end of the holiday week, we said goodbye to Nana and Daddy George as they headed back to WNC to be at the lake for a bit. Traditionally, I like to put the tree and decorations up Thanksgiving weekend. Lucky for me, not only did our tree and wreath come into town on Sunday but the church hosted an Advent Wreath making event. It kicked off the festivities for me as we ate red centered oreos and watched the little boys run circles around the church. A lot of time and energy is put into the simplest of events and I try to be thankful especially when I do so little to make them happen. I spent much of the evening being on Willow watch because she is determined to climb stairs even though she doesn’t know how to get down them.
Looking ahead, our calendar is filling up with things to do and my eyes get all glossy as I think of the parties and fun that is to be had during Advent and Christmas. Watching Willow and Lilly enjoy holiday books and songs that I know they have heard before but have been forgotten the past year makes me smile. Lilly is already very quizzical about Santa and how all that works. We are making it up as we go along hoping the stories don’t clash and the magic remains as long as possible.