How lucky we were to just travel over the bridge to my parents' house for Thanksgiving. My poor sister and her family spent 8 hours getting up from LA and swear they won't do it again (over Thanksgiving). We planned to spend a few days out in Danville to maximize the time with my family. With a total of 16 people staying at the house, we knew it wouldn't be idea, but would be great for the kids.

In the end, there was a little family drama that led people to lose their appetite at dinner but I think everyone has moved on. Dave and I struggled with the boys too, as neither napped on Thanksgiving. G can miss a nap and be fine, but W never does and the combination of no nap, lots of sugar, so much excitement and stimulation, was just too much and led to meltdowns at bedtime. Worst of all, W kept waking up during the night and then G cried for like 10 minutes. We just couldn't win! It's so stressful for that to happen when you're exhausted not to mention your whole family is sleeping in rooms all around. Ugh.

The next day wasn't much better as again we couldn't get W to nap after he dozed off for a few minutes in the car earlier. By this point Dave was saying he was going to cancel his trip down to Chip's, that he was supposed to leave for around 4pm. Luckily G eventually fell asleep on the couch while watching TV with his cousins and I got a 15 minute couch nap too which was so needed. I convinced Dave to still go -- he needed the break and I knew I'd be fine with the boys with all the family I had around to help. We drove Dave into Walnut Creek Bart and of course W fell right asleep.

Trip to Papa's hardware store!

They loved the car cart at Safeway!

Dave had a great visit with Chip and I'm so glad he got to do that. We hadn't had a free weekend for him or us to drive down there so this was a good opportunity since I knew I'd be spending some time in Danville anyway. The boys and I had fun at the Danville tree lighting and thankfully went down easily that evening.

The next morning I got to do some much-needed shopping at the outlets with my sister and the boys stayed with my parents and their cousins and had a blast. I packed up the car and we headed for the city about noon on Saturday but unfortunately got stuck in bad traffic. I was trying everything I could to keep them awake as I needed a break during their nap at home before heading into the evening. Somehow they manged to stay awake even though we didn't get home until almost 1:30. They went down easily and were so good all evening too. They played together so nicely that I was able to get the stuffed-to-the-gills car totally unpacked and everything put away.

Dave and I are still debating how we'll handle these family gatherings in the future. On the one hand, we never travel to see my siblings so I feel like we should spend as much time as we can with them after they make the trek but it's really stressful for Dave and I when their schedule is thrown off so much and no one gets a rest. I hope with age that will improve but I'm still looking back on Thanksgiving as a positive experience. The boys adore their cousins (and I think their cousins feel the same), so it's really special for them to get so much time together.

Oh and I forgot to mention, one of the best parts of Thanksgiving is that we didn't have to make the turkey (Liz's dad did) so that took a lot of stress off of me. I brought the following:

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  1. I really love thanksgiving as this is the day where all my family gathers at one place and celebrate it. Last time we had small party at one of Chicago event venues. All my relatives and some friends were there that helped me to have a memorable evening.