November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

We have never traveled before for Thanksgiving. The break is normally too short and we always travel for Christmas, so it the past it just wasn't worth the effort. This year, however, we now have family just a 6 hour drive away in Dallas, so across the plains and through the cotton fields to Grandma's house we went. We left on a Wednesday and came back on a Monday - just enough time to have some fun and space out the long drives.

Dave's brother Tim, and his family, were also visiting from Idaho so the whole family was together! We had 12 people staying in the house, and then Greg's family live nearby, so they were over frequently to play. It was a little crazy at times, but also a lot of fun!

On our way out we stopped at the County Tax Office to get our car registered in Texas. Our Utah plates had expired and we didn't want to start a road trip without the proper documents. Luckily there was a war monument next door that had a helicopter and airplane to keep the kids busy while Dave took care of paperwork inside. 

Davey really doesn't love car trips, but he'll have to get used to it because we'll probably make the drive to Dallas at least 2-3 times a year. 

The Howe Cousins - Lincoln (7), Amelia (1), Jack (12), Emma (5), Liam (4), Sophie (4), Ally (15) and Davey (1). It's all tied up at four girls and four boys, until our little guy arrives in a few months. 

I brought one of the puzzles I got for my birthday to work on and we also had a fun afternoon at a park near Greg's house one day. 

Ready for the Thanksgiving feast - it is possible to fit 17 people around one table!

The three "littles" who are not looking so little anymore

One Black Friday the girls went out shopping while the dads, grandma, and grandpa took the kids to the Heard Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. It has some real animals, some animatronic dinosaurs, and other exhibits that the kids enjoyed. It was nice to get them outdoors and we are able to visit for free with our museum pass - win! 

On one of our last nights we went out to dinner and then over to Dallas Cowboy's practice field to see them light up the big tree. The ceremony they put together was pretty underwhelming but Sophie thought the striped lights on the tree were neat. 

Our drive from Amarillo to Dallas takes us through several teeny, tiny towns, but no matter how small, they all seem to have a Dairy Queen. We stopped at one on the way home for lunch.

All the packages waiting for us when we got home. It's a good thing we live in a court and our porch is pretty hidden from the street!

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