The drive to Kansas City from St. Louis wasn’t very fun. There was lots of rain and fog and grossness. It wasn’t light for very much of the drive, which didn’t help either.
Candy helps the trip go by a bit easier.
In Kansas City, we saw our first Christmas lights! :)
My mom’s best friend had sent my brother and I these pictures of my Dad, framed and ready to join us at Thanksgiving. Isn’t that sweet?
We really needed to have Dad there at dinner with us. Even if he didn’t have a place setting, he was there. We did have a sort of sad moment (well, there were lots, but still)… we ate dinner at my aunt’s assisted living facility in a private dining room for just our family. We walked in and there were ten places set for just the nine of us. I said I thought the waiters couldn’t count and then Mom realized that she had counted Dad in the number she had given to the chef. That wasn’t exactly fun and I felt awful for dwelling on the mistake.
We went around the table in Dad’s family tradition and said what we were thankful for this year. And then I gave a toast and we remembered Dad. Lots of tears, but we got through it!
Mom picked up these cute napkin rings at Kohl’s to go with the provided napkins. It added some nice color to the table!
Brother and Husband.
I only have one cousin on my mother’s side and that’s him with his new wife! :)
Grandma (mom’s mom) and her husband. Aren’t they adorable!
My view of the table. :)
We didn’t get up before dawn… we were at the stores by 7:30 am and missed a bunch of the sales. :( But we weren’t looking for presents for other people but stuff for us, so not a big deal!
Wait, doesn’t everyone open Christmas presents at Thanksgiving? Well, our family does! We want to exchange presents while everyone is in town, and see the either elated or confused looks when they realize what their present is.
Apparently Husband had the camera at this point. Don’t look at the hair. It was an early morning without a style due to Black Friday shopping!
See: confused look about the present.
My cousin and his mom, my mom’s sister.
Husband got some neat old sports books from my aunt that she had found in a thrift store. She does such a great job finding gems like that!
Me and Grandma. :) That’s her new scarf that I gave her for Christmas.
I have no idea what Mom is doing here. But I really like her shirt!
Oh boys, I was so jealous when I saw the suit she got from her sister! I want one of those! So cute. :)
2010 Border War, baby!
Missouri vs Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium – it’s a tradition three years in the making.
I love the bands performances! They are just amazing.
Cousins. :) This picture reminds me of another one we took, about a year ago…
Same shirt even. I didn’t realize that until I was at the game. Dad must have been smiling in his Mizzou cap to see the Tigers win.
I flew home on Sunday and did laundry. All in all, a good holiday weekend.