Thanks(giving) for the Memories

The holiday season has always been an important time, a time to gather, for my family. Hell, any time we had an open week or so, it was an excuse to gather. I remember the years my dad was stationed in Florida. Many times over those years, we’d pack the whole family into the car and make the 8+ hour drive down to my grandparents’ house in central Florida. Since my mom’s brother and sister only lived a short distance from them, we could all gather for a meal to celebrate the holiday or simply our time together. I honestly can’t remember any of the presents exchanged on our Christmases together but I can remember the fun with my cousins, the games of backgammon with my grandpa, and the hours on the lake boating and water skiing. These family gatherings were proof that making memories matters. Memories of the good times together, memories of the live shared, last…the latest book or game or toy given don’t last.

This Thanksgiving, we made some beautiful memories. As our families have grown and scattered across the state(s), it’s become harder to find a time and place for all of us to gather. So, my parents decided to fix that. They rented a beautiful house in the Lake Lure area (yes, It is the area Dirty Dancing was filmed) of the NC mountains for Thanksgiving 2012.

For 5 fabulous days, we spent time with each other. We cooked and we ate (oh God did we eat). We kayaked and paddle boated and hiked. We watched movies and listened to fabulous live music. We spent time talking and listening and playing games. We worshiped together.

I saw my boys drive each other crazy and then they would turn around and be as kind and caring as any mom could dream of. I came to the stark realization that my oldest niece and my oldest son are far closer to adulthood than I would care to admit. But, the shock of that realization was tempered by the knowledge that they are both incredibly smart, grounded, and all around fabulous young people who have the skills and character to thrive when they make their own way in the world.

I came to the firm belief that I gave birth not to 3 boys but to 3 mountain goats. The youngest of my 3 mountain goats also proved his fearless streak again and again while hiking along the river. It’s a very good thing he is my third child and not my first. Raising him would have scared me off of more kids if he had been first.

Spending time with my family and friends this Thanksgiving reaffirmed my belief that we all have something pretty special going. My sisters are both incredible women and we has the good fortune to have two of the most generous, loving people I know as parents.

I hope each and every one of you had a fantabulous start to the holiday season and I’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving or what you have planned for Christmas.

7 Responses to Thanks(giving) for the Memories
  1. Battynurse
    November 29, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving, it sounds fabulous. Mine wasn’t so good, I got a sinus infection. Hope the coming holiday season is lots of fun for you and your family.

  2. Kristy
    November 29, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. That food looks amazing and your family looks so happy.
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  3. Another Dreamer
    November 29, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    That sounds absolutely wonderful Kristen!
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  4. a
    November 29, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    That sounds like a lovely trip! Excellent pictures of your beautiful family!
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  5. Lori Lavender Luz
    November 29, 2012 | 4:59 pm

    Looks like such a wonderful time with your family!

    I invite you to link up to Perfect Moment Monday for November, if you wish. Your post is certain full of perfect moments.
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  6. Mrs. Gamgee
    November 29, 2012 | 9:43 pm

    It sounds like such a wonderful time… I’m so glad that you had such a great start to the holiday season!
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  7. Mud Hut Mama
    November 30, 2012 | 8:35 am

    That looks like so much fun! I’m glad you got to spend that time with your family.
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