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thankful for family

Happy Monday! Even though it was a challenge to wake up early this morning, I'm feeling pretty great--refreshed, relaxed, ready to tackle on the week, thanks to an amazing Thanksgiving-holiday-weekend. This year, we spent it in Atlanta with Michael's relatives: his uncle and aunt and their three kids and the grandparents. Princess (the grandparents' cat) was locked away because she doesn't get along with Muffin (another cat), and Annie (the dog) was vacationing in the mountains away from the rest of the family (long story), but Watson livened things up a bit.

Even before the move to Nashville, I was getting horribly out of practice on family time (my wonderfully boisterous and large family is now split pretty evenly between Manila and Vancouver), so I've come to see it as a real treat to be with relatives. I genuinely enjoy Michael's family. There are so many things to look forward to: brushing up my (non-existent) card shark skills, eating the yummiest home-cooked meals, and being entertained by the funniest kid I've ever met, among others. My favorite thing to do is just lean back and watch things unfold--Michael loves his family, and he's so happy around them. And it's so much fun to see the kids goof off. They're such good kids, Michael's cousins, so welcoming with their big hearts and happy smiles.

We headed home on Saturday night--much as I love family time, the introvert in me needs alone time to recharge--and puttered around on Sunday to get everything in order for the week. (Don't you just love having a day to regroup after a holiday? I feel so discombobulated otherwise!)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with your families as well. I can't believe that this is only the beginning of the holiday season! It's going to be a great Christmas.

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