Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

Our Thanksgiving weekend actually started last Wednesday around noon. Justin came home from work a little early, we loaded up the car and then went to my doctors appointment before heading up to Gatlinburg.

Doctor Update:
  • Jonah is looking great.
  • I am 1 cm dialated and 50% effaced.
  • My doctor thinks Jonah will come before his December 6th due date! Please pray that he does!
Once we made it to Gatlinburg, I baked a couple pumpkin pies and cinnamon strudel coffee cake. Then Justin's parents and sister made it to the cabin from their long drive from Michigan. We all sat around and talked for a while, and then went to bed.

Thursday we all got up and watch the Macy's Parade on t.v. and Mom made all sorts of Thanksgiving goodies for later. Once everyone was ready, we headed to the grandparents cabin a few miles away and ate... and ate... and ate. After eating I had to take a nap... Basically I passed out in a spare room for a few hours. I'm not sure what everyone else did, but when I woke up it was dark. Then, of course, we ate dessert! I will be posting my pumpkin pie recipe, my gingerbread recipe, and my sugar cookie recipe here later on. After dessert we played cards and talked. Something very special to me is that after cards everyone sat in a circle in the living room and spoke blessings over Jonah. Then everyone prayed for him and for his delivery. It was so sweet and special... something I will always remember. God's got big plans for this little boy.
Sarah wanted a picture "with" Jonah... LOL
"Family Photo"

Friday we bummed around in the morning and then went out to lunch. After eating too much again, we walked around downtown Gatlinburg and did a little shopping. We headed back up to the cabin for dinner (yummy leftovers), and then went to Dollywood to see the Christmas lights!

Saturday, the kids (meaning Justin, Sarah, and I) went back to Dollywood to ride a few rides... (O.K., I practiced my mom skills and held their stuff while they rode rides, but I still had fun, and I'm hoping all that walking I did will help Jonah arrive!) Once we had done everything we wanted to, we met back up with Mom and Dad and did a little shopping around Pigeon Forge. After that we pretty much just bummed around the cabin and enjoyed family time.

Sunday everyone had to go home; so Mom, Dad, and Sarah started the long drive back to Michgian, and Justin and I slowly got our acts together and made the drive home.

It was such a wonderful mini vacation, but we were glad to be home.
All we need to do now is wait to Jonah to arrive!

P.S. My husband read my post and wanted to know why his pictures of the pileated woodpeckers we saw didn't make it in this post... honestly, I didn't know how to incorporate it, but here is a picture of the giant woodpeckers anyway!

1 comment:

  1. Oh Justin, it's because this is a "mom blog" and pictures of poaehifa;hgf woodpeckers (or whatever their called) just don't belong here :)