I hope all of my wonderful friends had an amazing Thanksgiving. I know I’ve been off the map for a few days. I really tried to soak up all of the extra family time I could this weekend and truly made an attempt to have a work-free holiday. Sometimes I’m guilty of getting so caught up in what I have to do, that I don’t take time to live a little and enjoy the small moments in front of me. This holiday I wanted to make an effort to change that.
We were fortunate enough this Thanksgiving to have the opportunity to go down and spend the holiday with Michael’s mom. We had an early Thanksgiving dinner with my family Tuesday night, which was amazing because I got to spend it with my Grandpa who I hadn’t seen in far too long. We trucked down to Fort Meyers early Thursday morning. Michael’s mom (Janet) and I spent the afternoon in the kitchen together preparing what turned out to be an amazing Thanksgiving dinner, while the boys, of course, continued with their football/sofa love affair.
We spent the days to follow out venturing Fort Meyers. Friday we decided to #optoutside and spend the day at Lakes Park, a really neat regional park encasing a 158 acre freshwater quarry lake. The park is full of walking and cycling trails, has several playgrounds, splash water parks, and holds some amazing views for nature observation. We let Ry run rampant around the playground for a good hour, enjoyed some corndogs and chicken tenders down on the dock, and then stumbled on some giant bounce houses and slides, where he again went wild! Much to our surprise , we got home and Riley took a nap for the first time in longer than I can remember!
Our final day in Fort Meyers was spent out on the water. Janet’s partner Larry was kind enough to take us on a boat ride through the canals of Cape Coral. It was such a beautiful day to be out on the water with the sun glistening and a cool breeze. Riley even got to play captain! We ran into a bit of engine trouble for a short time, which turned our ride into quite the adventure, but we made it back just fine thanks to Larry’s expert boating skills, and lived to tell the tale. We should have warned them that it was the risk they ran when taking me and Michael anywhere. At nearly the end of the year, any luck we had- and trust me, we don’t have much, had totally run out.
That same evening Janet was nice enough to put Riley to bed for us, so that Michael and I could go out and enjoy a little date night. We went to Michael’s favorite Thai place growing up, and spent the evening enjoying local Christmas lights and Downtown Fort Meyers. I can’t say enough how much I loved being able to watch Michael happily reminisce on old times. He made it a point to show me all the places he grew up, and loved the most during his younger years. It meant so much to me to be able to have some sight into all of his amazing memories.
Our trip ended much too soon. Yesterday morning we loaded up the car, said our goodbyes, and made one last stop at Great Grandpa Null’s house before heading back home. I’ll really miss the company of Michael’s mom. She has welcomed me into her family with such open arms- a task that truly can’t be easy for a mother period, much less the mother of a man who’s been through a divorce. Her kindness means more to me than words can express, and I am so thankful to her for raising a son who shares the same kind and loving qualities and stresses the importance of them to his own son. I have truly hit the jackpot.
We’ll be missing Granny and Fort Meyers for now, but will happily be coming back soon. I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as warm and fulfilling as ours! Now the countdown to Christmas begins!