We took an entire week off for Thanksgiving this year. Eric flew down the weekend before and we all drove to California together. We stopped in Claremont and went to church with my parents. So nice to see all the Claremont II ward families who are still there. Then we went to San Diego to visit my brother and his family. They got us into Legoland for a steal.The kids all had fun. Legoland is a perfect amusement park for our oldest three and they were at a great age to enjoy it. We split into two groups so the bigs could enjoy the big rides. Sommer had fun too and enjoyed what she could go on and was happy to be there. It was crowded but not unbearably and everyone had a great time running around with cousins.
I loved being in Claremont for Thanksgiving, the holiday that still brings homesickness to my heart. The weather didn't disappoint, it was just as warm and California-sunny as I wanted it to be. My parents put on a delicious and fun Thanksgiving dinner for a big crowd complete with a pre-dinner quiz, after-dinner joke contest and a pie contest (which Cannon won). It was a lovely day.
We drove home early enough to have time to put up the tree before Eric left for Seattle. Aunt Barb let us use her fake tree, a first for our family. The kids didn't miss taking a ferry ride and the tromp around the treefarm to find the perfect tree, they were just excited to get all the Christmas mess out. I missed it though. I'm not sure what we'll do next year. Having a pre-lit tree all ready to go is really easy and a lot less messy. I might be converted. And there isn't a ferry nearby anyway.