Family Time Is Important

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I had my entire family in the same location; free from commitments, cell phones, school, and jobs for 5 full days.  This mama’s heart is full!  Our oldest son, Steven, has been in Chicago, South Carolina and New York over the past 2 years in Navy Boot Camp and Nuclear School.  He is on leave for a few weeks before deploying in January, but when stateside will be stationed at the Naval Base in Kings Bay, GA.  In honor of his time home we spent Thanksgiving weekend together at one of our favorite family vacation destinations, Lake Powell.
November isn’t the month you associate with going to the lake.  It was cold, so no swimming or wake boarding.  Well, no purposeful swimming at least – BRRRR!!  We laughed a lot, ate too much, played some games, caught a few edible fish, lost a few edible fish, and slept in every day!  We have a family tradition at Thanksgiving dinner where we go around the table and talk about the things we are thankful for.  Although this wasn’t a typical Thanksgiving dinner, we didn’t let that stop us.  I love talking as a family about the things we are all thankful for.  In our fast-paced lives I think it helps remind us of the simple things.
We ended our vacation with a bang!  We left the lake just in time to travel home and get dressed for our family pictures by the river.  I’m seriously impressed that we were only 7 minutes late.  Family pictures have always been really important to me, not necessarily my family.  I did hear a few complaints, but they were all good sports and put up with my plans.  From pictures we went home and had an extended family dinner so Steven could say goodbye to everyone before flying to Georgia on Wednesday.
Today it’s back to the grind, it was inevitable, but at least we made some great memories during our time off – something I’m very thankful for!  I hope you had a chance to slow down, reflect on what you’re thankful for, and spend some quality time with friends and family over the holiday weekend.
Now on to Christmas prep…
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