We followed our typical tradition this year and went to Nana's house in Georgia for Thanksgiving. This year, however, we were able to stay all day on Friday as well and left on Saturday morning, which gave us more time for family.
Our family Thanksgiving feast was even bigger this year than it has been in previous years. SO MUCH FOOD. And so, so good!
Here's a picture of our Thanksgiving buffet!
We had a great time hanging out with everyone and the weather was so warm, we got to eat outside again this year.
|Stokes with Nova|
|Get a plate and get your dinner!|
|Jamie and Ryan reading a new book|
|Two sweet fellas|
|Fresh air and good food!!|
|William with his plate|
|Stokes and William - ready to eat Thanksgiving dinner|
|Stokes and William in awe|
|Look at the tractor!|
|Yep - this sums it up.|
Tired and cranky Stokie
|I tried to get one picture of all 3 of them. Don't they look|
happy and excited to be there?!?!?
|Ryan with Dada - he was still being a sweetie!|
|William holding Nana's hand|
|William with Mama in front of the snowman|
|William with Dada|
|and with Kacie|
|The boys watching Paw Patrol in Nana's bed|
During the morning, we got to do a little Christmas exchange with this side of the family since we won't see them again during the holidays.
|Dada and Ryan|
|Nana and William|
|Time to open some gifts!|
|I believe his exact words were, "Mama, you can open it?"|
|Nana helping Ryan unwrap a present|
|Nana was having a blast|
|Stokes started playing with his new cars immediately|
|We have more stuff to open!|
After gifts and a leisurely morning, we ate some yummy leftovers for lunch and then headed out for an adventure! There is an old tunnel that was dug for a railroad back in the 1850s. It's no longer used, but they've turned in into a little tourist spot with tours on golf carts and everything! We opted to skip the tour and just walk through the tunnel and it was awesome and so fun. It was just the thing we needed after consuming so much delicious food.
Train props for a photo!
|William (and yes, he is wearing an Auburn hat,|
thanks to Kacie)
|Ryan (Thomas is back there holding him up)|
|Kacie and Stokes in the covered bridge|
|Mama and Stokes on our way to the tunnel|
|A look at the tunnel. My flash really|
brightened it up because it was actually
pretty dark in there!
|Stokes at the beginning of the tunnel|
|My Uncle Jay standing in a man area where people could go|
if they were in the tunnel and there was a train coming. SCARY!
|I got Stokes and William to stand in|
one but couldn't get a picture fast enough before
they were on the move again.
|A plaque on the other side of the tunnel|
|I thought you might be able to read this a little better - ha!|
|Michael and Stokes|
|The girls and the boys:|
Marla, William, Kacie, me, Stokes, Kelsea and Ryan
|Making a path to look at the nearby|
current train tracks
|These train tracks and this tunnel are basically parallel to the|
tunnel and path where we were and are still in use
|Michael, the daredevil!|
|William being silly in the kudzu|
That's all from the far side of the tunnel. We took more family pics on the other side when we were heading back to our cars.
|Dada and Stokes in the tunnel|
|Hanging out and waiting on the golf cart tour to pass us|
|These guys climbed up to the top of the tunnel and sat|
on the edge. I was OK with hanging out below and watching
Jacob, Michael, Kacie and Kelsea
|This gives you an idea of the size|
of the tunnel and of how high up they were
|This one of all of us!!|
Our tunnel adventure was awesome but it wore us out and we were all a little tired, so we went back to Nana's house for some "quiet time" for the boys before we had our evening outing.
Later that night, I was so excited - we went to Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights. It's basically a really amazing Christmas lights display. You walk through different areas and see all sorts of lights and Christmas themed displays and such. I thought the boys would just marvel at seeing all of it. Rock City is only about 30 minutes away from Nana's house so it was a no-brainer since we stayed an extra day.
It's on an actual mountain and it was pretty cold up there so I was glad that I brought hats for the boys. I wish I had thought to bring my selfie stick so we could have gotten a picture of our whole group, but I'm realizing that I didn't get many pictures and we had a large group there! It turned out to take a bit longer than I had anticipated, and the boys eventually started acting up, so we didn't make it all the way through Rock City, but we had a good time nonetheless.
|Nana with Ryan|
|Stokes, the stinker!|
|Kacie and William|
|Marla with Ryan|
|Nana with Stokes|
|So CUTE in that little hat!|
|Dada with Ryan and Stokes|
|Nana, Tim, Stokes, Ryan, Thomas and Whitney|
|Dada with Ryan|
|Kacie and William|
|Nana and Michael|
|In front of the Nativity|
Saturday was game day for our Tigers to play our big in-state rival, the Gamecocks, and although the game was at 7:30 PM, we wanted to get on the road fairly early so we could make it back in plenty of time. We had breakfast and just a little playtime before getting on the road to come home. I really enjoyed being able to stay for an extra day this year and loved our outings that the extra time afforded us. Hopefully we can make a Saturday departure more of a tradition!
|Jacob pushing William on the swing|
|Jacob and Whitney with Stokes|
|Ryan was shaking Uncle Jay's (Papaw) hand!!!|