Our big Thanksgiving weekend is winding down – left Pensacola at 12:30 today (866 miles to home). Traffic on I-65 was very heavy with cars in the ditch and just so many people heading home. Mark got off the interstate and we drove some 2-lane roads meandering thru the country with NO traffic. We’ll drive a few hours and then finish up the trip tomorrow. It’s a very pretty day for traveling with sunshine and 70 degrees.
So many blessings and things to be thankful for as we celebrated on Thursday – Ryan’s home made for a spacious gathering spot to handle all of us, plus the pool and hot tub were put to good use, too. We missed Anne, Patrick, Liam and Connor………
It was great having Daisy in Ryan’s backyard and Drew, Davis and Brady spent each night onboard. We ate so much good food (had our turkey dinner and fixins’ catered from The Apple Market), and so enjoyed the grandchildren (Luke and Blair are such little sweeties) played lots of euchre and other games, watched lots of football and on and on. Our desserts (chocolate pecan pie, key lime pie, apple pie, rum cake (my favorite), chocolate lava cake and chocolate chip cookies) were a BIG hit. Ryan even got his palm trees strung with lights.
Michael and family left Saturday morning (Michael was not feeling well – bad cold, chills, etc…..) – they made the trip in about 9.5 hours. Tomorrow Philip Annette and Luke will take a little road trip in Miss Daisy heading back to southeast FL, but doing some camping along the way. We REALLY appreciate their delivering our "winter" home to southeast FL.
Today we went to 9:00 Mass at St. Paul’s, got our stuff off Daisy, finished packing up Toad, moved Daisy out to driveway and left with happy memories of our little getaway (almost 3 weeks) in Florida. Productive time at Ryan’s helping with projects and always good to have that one-on-one time, the Omni Resort fun, our time at the Magic Kingdom and then Thanksgiving!
Tonight we are in Bessemer, AL with 590 miles to go tomorrow! Stopped for a late lunch in Camden, AL and good to be settled in for the night!
Can't believe it's the last day of November.....bring on the hustle, bustle and fun of December!!!
The NC and FL grandchildren...
Luke, Davis, Blair, Brady, Drew
Grandma and Grandpa with the little darlins'
Blair loves her Grandpa - attracted to him like a magnet!
Annette with the little tykes
Philip and Luke just hangin' out...
All the activity of the weekend caught up with Luke and he just clunked out on the couch!