This also means that this week, the week after the Thanksgiving holiday, I feel great. GREAT. Yes, I came home to a bazillionty emails, but I refuse to allow that to harsh my zen. We had such a wonderful time together — my mom, my husband and my two children — that I have a permasmile pasted on my face.
I feel very fortunate that my mom has such a peaceful place for our family to escape. Her house looks out on the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you can’t see any other people or houses from where it sits. It has a large pasture in the back, and though she doesn’t have any horses, she lets some neighbors down the hill who do keep some of their horses there, so we get the pleasure of seeing them and feeding them.
We also decided to tackle a new form of Thanksgiving fun: puzzles. I’ve always wanted to do this, so we went to the toy store in the town of Highlands, NC, and bought several and spent most of our time trying to put them all together.
There was also the raking up piles of leaves for jumping, the eating of the pies, and the taking of the naps. Altogether glorious.
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Blue View 1 of 7If you look closely you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains. That's the view from the entire back of my mom's house. So peaceful.
When Horses Attack 2 of 7I was trying to take a picture of my kids with grandma, but this horse wasn't willing to wait for the bucolic family scene to be captured before he could get his carrot.
Pieces of Thanksgiving 3 of 7My mom and I tackled this 1,000 piece puzzle. We both became obsessed with it, and finished it in a 24-hour period. It was a major b*tch to complete.
Up with Puzzles 4 of 7My son chose a 3-D puzzle of the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. [no idea if I spelled that right] I helped him build it, and it was not as easy as you might think.
When Possums Attack 5 of 7Because every six-year-old needs a 100-piece possum puzzle to put together.
Pioneer Woman Redux 6 of 7Me, pretending I can be like my friend Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.
Quality Time 7 of 7I feel like I never see their beautiful faces as clearly as I do when we're away from it all.
Photo credits: Katherine Stone