I was missing Robin a lot this Thanksgiving. We got to talk for a little bit, but she (being 4.5 hours ahead in the time zones) was bathing Hannah and Sam before taking them for the annual Christmas photos with the Penney cousins while we yawned and finished our breakfast. She got pulled away to dress the kids up in their fancy clothes. And I got pulled away to supervise the trampoline jumping that was happening at the Pieper-White household in Marisposa. But...although I miss her, I am thankful. Thankful that I have such a great family. Thankful that everyone is healthy. Thankful that I own a cell phone so I can call the ones that are far away. Thankful that there are many kids to coordinate photo shoots for and supervise on trampolines (and gossip about their love lives, Rob and Taryn!). Thankful that I have great parents who I was able to spend the holidays with, watching them shoot basketball and bake sweet potato lovliness and enjoy the kids and nap on the couch in the midst of it all (no, it is not the triptophan, Dad - you can sleep absolutely anywhere!).
Like last year, Lucas, Ben, Lily, Mika and Ava were pretty busy on Thanksgiving and the day after - tea parties, construction of train stations and tracks (and keeping Godzilla - AKA: Ava from destroying all the hard work), basketball, swinging, playing the Big Bad Wolf in the treehouse with the VERY wobbly bridge, jumping on the trampoline (Ava: "2-2-2-Go!" falling down, laughing), eating pie (and/or ice cream), slumber-partying. My mom, Kelly, Mika and I took our annual walk after Thanksgiving dinner. It was a good thing we had a reason to make us do it - the dogs down the street that needed to be let out. It was fun to hear Mika the middle schooler talk about her friends at school and the games they play with each other.