Snapshots of our Week | Giving Thanks

I felt like I was shot out of a cannon at the beginning of last week. Note to self: don’t volunteer to work in the kids’ classrooms the week of Thanksgiving! I was the “participating parent” in Logan’s classroom on Monday, and although being at his school is always fun, I was mentally going over lists and lists of things I needed to do before heading out of town on Wednesday.

Eric went up to Copake early Monday morning ahead of us to get a little hunting in (he shot a buck on Monday afternoon). I spent the afternoon in Logan’s classroom and then took Lila to dance that evening. On Tuesday I cleaned the house and got us all packed up to go upstate. We left early Wednesday morning.

We arrived in Copake to frigid temperatures (9 degrees in November!) and a lot of ice. Tank was so happy to be there and have all that space to explore and run. We had a relaxing weekend. Lots of reading and working on a big 1000-piece puzzle, which I finished on Friday night. The kids were a bit whiny on Thanksgiving day (holidays that revolve around food are never great when you have picky eaters), but Friday was a better day. We went to Great Barrington and did a little Christmas shopping and stopped by the local potter to pick up some gifts for Logan and Lila’s teachers. On Saturday, an old friend of Eric’s dad came to visit - it was so nice to finally meet him after hearing so many stories about him!

We drove back to Long Island on Sunday night and now are gearing up for Christmas. Many of the houses here on Long Island, in true form, already have all their Christmas decor up. Long Island loves decorating their houses! It’s very sweet actually :) We’ll see how soon we can get ours up… I’m thinking it is still going to be a few weeks. I don’t want to shortchange November, after all!

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