This was the year we planned to visit Curtis' side of the family for Christmas; however, I will be too far along in my pregnancy to travel at that time so we compromised and spent Thanksgiving with them instead. It was my first time that I got to experience a McDaniel-style Thanksgiving! It had been 5 years since Curtis last celebrated with them.
|The whole McDaniel family|
As a tradition, each adult child brings a dish to the table for the Thanksgiving meal. I brought green bean casserole and Curtis brought a sea-foam jello salad. Everyone went around the table and shared something that they were thankful for from the current year. They write their answer on a paper leaf that is displayed on the table each year. It was neat to see all the things that his family was thankful for over the years - some big, some small (like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, haha).
We also got to spend some time with his grandmother ("Nana") while were were there. It was really nice to see her since we hadn't seen her in almost two years. She was very excited about her great-granddaughter on the way!
The weather was amazing for a Thanksgiving in the Pittsburgh area. We even played bocce ball and corn hole outside!
Curtis was able to bond with Belle, their sweet dog. She was so desperate for attention!
Thanksgiving night, we headed to the Grove City Outlet Mall to see what kind of deals we could find for Christmas gifts. This is another one of the annual traditions in the McDaniel family. I did feel bad for Megan (his sister) who had to work early the next morning. I'm sure she was exhausted, but I'm glad she was able to join in the fun.
I thought this was such a cool picture of Curtis, his dad, his mom and Heather as they were putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.
One more thing...in anticipation of my upcoming baby shower (post coming soon), Heather made us this motorcycle diaper display for our baby girl on the way. She was so creative! It's hard to see all that went into this, but she used bibs, receiving blankets, washcloths, socks and so much more. She also made little booties and a cap for her. Thanks Aunt Heather!
Our time flew by in Pennsylvania. We had a great time celebrating with them. It's hard to believe that the next time we see them all we will have a new little addition to the family!