What a grand weekend I had "going back home". Although I have been gone from Bruner, MO for almost 14 years-- it will always, always be home to me.
My boys and I arrived Friday evening just in time for dinner with my parents and my brother Daryl at China House. Love their cashew chicken! Ryan loves their crab legs that are only out on the buffet on Friday nights. Needless to say, he was quite happy about the restaurant choice. We stole Mom away and headed to Branson to see the Silver Dollar City lights. You would think that living there for 25 years and going back numerous times over the past years that there would be one season in the past 40 years that I would have made it to see the SDC lights. But no... This was my first year! And boy was it magical!
You just gotta love a twinkling parade at night!
The stores were all decked out in beautiful Christmas displays. Robbie had to have his pixie stick from the candy store with him at all times.
The next morning bright and early I met my dear girlfriends, Donna and Jeanna, for breakfast. Time spent with those two are truly priceless! Why does time have to fly by so quickly when you just wish it would stand still? I guess that's just a daily reminder for us to enjoy what we have when we have it. There is always so much to talk about and never enough time to get it all in! I am blessed to have been re-connected with them this year!
From there, I went to my niece's home to watch the small town Christmas parade with lots of heart! My little great-nephews were in it and they were oh so proud to throw us lots of candy! After the parade, we all gathered in her home for homemade cinnamon rolls, brownies, hot chocolate and cider. It was nice to relax and fellowship with my loved ones!
That evening was our family Thanksgiving dinner. We normally have it the Saturday after Thanksgiving but my parents were going to be out of town then so they moved it back. I'm glad they did. It was a very nice and enjoyable weekend for me! As always, their home was full of family and love... and food! With 6 kids, 16 grandkids, 15 great-grandkids, and all the spouses... we most definitely have family gatherings full of love! For Rich growing up with one brother, he gets a little overwhelmed at times. But I wouldn't have it any other way! =]
To celebrate one of the two new additions that will be added to our family soon, we celebrated with a baby shower on Sunday. What a nice way to end the weekend full of family and love!
I am grateful for a large family that truly loves one another, helps one another and gets along so well. When I only get to go back home once in awhile, I miss them so. Thank you Lord, for such a sweet and loving family!