The calm after the storm

My house is quiet now, almost too quiet.  After 3 days of having 4 of our kids in the house and my niece for a night, just 2 of us are home.  

The 3 year old is taking his first nap since Wednesday.  He must be feeling the post holiday let down.  All this adrenaline all week and finally now that the house is quiet you realize it’s over.  My favorite holiday has come and gone once again.

With so much anticipation leading up to Thanksgiving, I was so excited for this weekends events.  Now it is Sunday, most of the kids are gone and the festivities are over.

It started with Wednesday when the Detroit Lions came to my place of work.  We handed out 300 turkey dinners to families in need.  It was the single best day I have had at work in my life.  Everyone working together, the families being so grateful and of course, the Detroit Lions.  After much patience and hard work, I even managed to snag Calvin Johnsons autograph.

On Thursday we had no plans.  It was a wonderful day.  We stayed in our pajamas longer than usual.  Drank a whole pot of coffee, ate homemade biscuits and gravy and watched the parade.  In the afternoon we watched football, ate pork steaks with asparagus and saw clips during the Lions game of the turkey dinner give away from my work the day before.  

I left the house mid afternoon to meet my mom for our annual shopping.  We were together just us for a couple of hours, then my aunt and sister joined.  I get to spend very little time with my sister, so we always look forward to this all night event.  We met our cousins out too for a few hours.  My sister and I didn’t get home until after 3am.  We slept for a few hours and then went back out for a bit.  We got nearly all of our Christmas shopping done.

By the time I returned home on Friday, my husband was already on his way home after picking up our oldest three.  The house was full by noon.  We watched football, movies, ate pizza and enjoyed each other’s company all night.  Eagerly awaiting Saturday, when we would be having our family’s Thanksgiving.

Saturday afternoon the six of us headed over to my parents.  For an afternoon of football watching and turkey dinner eating.  Our tradition of starting the day wth a Bloody Mary continued, one of my favorites. We had an awesome spread thank you to everyone who contributed.  We left with full bellies and full hearts.  Our niece even came over to stay the night.

This morning we had 48 pancakes, sausage and bacon for breakfast.  We relaxed a little bit more and by 1pm, it was just me and Noah left in the house.  I put him down for a nap and he fell asleep for the first time the whole break.  Left sitting on the couch by myself, I realized that I have the post holiday blues.

Thanksgiving is far and away my most favorite holiday.  Celebrating family, love and all you have in your life.  The food is my absolute favorite, the football games and no pressure to give gifts.  A couple days off from work and a lot of celebration, what’s not to love?  My favorite month of the year and my favorite holiday has come to a close.  In a few days I will start getting excited for Christmas, but right now, I am relaxing.

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