My Thanksgiving started out not the best. I was in the shower and couldn’t help but think of what I wish Thanksgiving could be… I longed for the days when my husband Kramer was still living. Ah, holidays can be hard.
I tried to let it pass. Feel the feelings and let them go. I had Kalissa’s boys early. Craig had to do chores on the farm. Kalissa was working overnight and wasn’t home yet.
Then the doorbell rang. Weird??!
Karl had arrived the darn it. My door handle broke. Ugh. Add insult to injury. I’d already been feeling bad about Kramer not being here. Adding this it was not what I needed. Then I was mad..and then I was a mess.
I’ve done this often enough. I know this happens in the grieving process. I just try so hard to not let it be at times like this. I don’t want to dampen the festive mood.
I tried to fix it. No luck. I called Buck, no luck. Ugh. Then Buck said he’d love it if I took his kids home with me. Lora is a manager at a retail chain and would not be home for the next week except to grab a few hours of sleep so that would work out well. He’d come and pick them up on Saturday and fix my door.
Karl and I jumped in my van. I took cross stitch. He drove and by the time we pulled into Buck and Lora’s, I was finally feeling a little more like myself.
and with that…the chaos of 9 grandkids went underway!! Here’s my much wanted grandma picture…
None of the pictures were very good. They were all a different version of chaos.
Kalissa braided Lucy’s hair and then she discovered she could make a mustache with her hair. We all discovered we could too. HA!! Karl already had one in place.
Emmett, Kelli’s guy, showed us all his newfound crawling skills.
Lilly, Buck’s little girl was a little overwhelmed by us all so she got a little extra grandma time.
Here is Carver, Emmett, Eli, Lucy, and Scotty.
Kayla with her son Jasper and Eli.
The kids had every toy in the house out. Gannon was infatuated with these Magnetic Tiles. I ended up ordering a set for my house. Find them HERE on Amazon.
The other kids joined in playing too.
…and more and more kids joined.
Scotty and Carver started playing with them too.
Lucy just makes me smile.
Here’s Jasper. The kids all played great together. I honestly think this was our best holiday with them all. Typically it’s a lot of crying and tattling. None of that this time around.
While the kids played, the adults did too. It was Ticket to Ride fun for us.
Not all of us played. Kalissa slept. Remember she worked the night before. The kids started cleaning up and threw all of the stuffed animals on Kalissa. She slept through it all.
Here is proof she’s under there. The poor girl worked the overnight shift the night before and she was tired.
We all had a good laugh over this…
This is the first picture I’ve ever taken that Gannon willingly took. I love his smile.
Here is a picture of Kelli’s family. We tried to get a good one…no luck.
Here is the sibling picture…Left to right: Buck, Kalissa, Kayla, and Karl on the couch…Kelli is in the front.
Then I took a picture of everyone there minus me…
Then Lora took a picture of the original family and no in-laws. What a group!
Oh my…what a day! I started out kind of sad but it’s honestly super hard to be sad when my life is filled with all of these people who love me unconditionally.
That was Thanksgiving 2021. I had a few more days of fun with the kids as Buck’s kids came home with me and Kalissa’s came for a play day.