Being away from family for these holidays is a whole new experience. We've never done it.
This year will be weird, but hopefully full of great new memories.
I love Thanksgiving. It's like Christmas, but cheaper.
The meal and being together... I love the games afterward. The long walk.
The shopping the next day.
I am prepared to spend Christmas away from family just because there's so much to do...the special Christmas service, presents, Christmas movie, playing with your new stuff...
But Thanksgiving is different and thinking of spending our very first holiday here alone was kinda sad.
I know friends never replace your family, but sometimes they can make you feel like you've got people when your family people are 1500 miles away.
And when this friend asked if our family would want to spend Thanksgiving with hers, I was so relieved! She actually asked me before we moved...and she has just moved too. I think we both might be feeling that little pang of lonely for our peeps...so we'll be each other's.
The bags are packed, the pies are baked. My kids are bouncing-off-the-walls excited.
We're headed to Richmond!
The Stahles and the Hutchinsons will do all those family things like walks and games and shopping, as a friend kinda family. And that is good. Very good.
This post could also be titled: "So I'm Spending Thanksgiving with a Girl I Met on the Internet." And that's definitely true. But for all you disbelievers out there, you really can make real friends via blogland...real friends that feel like family.
Happy happy happy Turkey Day! See ya in a few :)
PS: I'm guesting over at KOJO Designs today...HOLY wowzas!! Kirsten is doing this fab series on handmade gifts for guys and I did a tutorial on a guy gift...go see!