When I looked at George’s school calendar earlier this year, I made the decision to take the week of Thanksgiving off from work. Since George would be off from school, I figured it was a good time for us to spend time together and hopefully to scratch a few things off of our to do list.
So, this is how we spent the week…
Saturday: We spent the day at yoga classes, running errands, and attending a birthday party for one of G’s classmates.
Later, John and I went to a wine dinner hosted by one of our friends.
Sunday: This was a fairly lazy day for us. We spent the morning at a birthday party at HMNS for one of our family friends, and spent the afternoon cleaning the apartment (with a focus on closets), and getting organized.
Monday: With John back at work, George and I made our way to SpaceCenter Houston for some exploration.
After a few hours, we met my Dad at Tookie’s for lunch. Later, we drove to Galveston to do some exploring on the Strand. Naturally, we ended up at La King’s Confectionery.
My Mom called as I was making dinner and asked if George wanted to get his teeth cleaned the next day. Since we’ve had “go to the dentist” on our to-do list for a while, this was the perfect time to scratch it off of our list. So, after dinner, we drove to Baytown and spent the night with my parents.
Tuesday: Early the next morning, I took G to the dentist. Afterward, we ran some errands, picked up food from El Toro, and meet my parents for a family lunch. Later, we drove home and spent some time at the playground before playing at home. For dinner, we went to Samurai for George’s first hibachi experience. Needless to say, he’s scared of Samurai now.
Wednesday: George and John went downtown in the morning while I tackled a long run outside. Later, we all met up at StudioMet for a design and strategy meeting. After that, we had a nice lunch at Taco Deli.
George and I spent the rest of the afternoon playing, reading, cooking, and trying to relax.
Thursday: We woke up very early on Thanksgiving and made our way downtown for the Houston Thanksgiving Parade. Thanks to my Brother in Law, we had VIP access. In addition to breakfast, beverages, parking passes, front-row parade viewing, and access to heated indoors, we also had access to many elected officials at a Morning reception.
One of the highlights was time with Mayor Turner. The parade was also an excellent way to begin the day. We had a great time hearing the bands, watching the entertainment, and watching George and Ava take it all in.
After the parade, we made our way to the Rosenberg’s for Thanksgiving lunch. While Ian fried the turkey, the ladies warmed our ready-made sides. We had a great lunch, including tasty treats that I picked up from Susie Cakes.
George, John, and I went home early in the afternoon and I took a two-hour nap. For dinner, we had leftovers and spent the evening decorating our apartment for the Holidays.
Friday: I started the day with a nice morning run. After running errands with George, we met Mom for lunch at HopDoddy and went to iPic to see “The Grinch.”
We had a low-key afternoon, including a visit with my Dad and the Rosenbergs. Thanks to my Dad, everyone had delicious gumbo for dinner.
Saturday: We began the day with pancakes before George and I went to the Houston Zoo.
The weather was gorgeous and we had a wonderful time exploring the Zoo. We also took a whirl on the carousel and the Hermann Park train. We had a low-key afternoon full of relaxation and kid movies on TV.
Sunday: I kicked off the day with an outdoor 7-mile run. The podcast I was listening to helped distract me from the absurd humidity. Blerg. Later, we went to church, had lunch at Le Colonial, and went to iPic (again!) to watch “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” After the movie, we ran a few errands before I prepped dinner (chicken spaghetti). I left for IAH just after putting dinner in the oven (more on my work trip will appear in a later post – hopefully).
We had a great Thanksgiving week and I was fortunate to be able to spend so much time with my family. We are grateful for so many things and it was nice to take some time to reflect on the blessings in our lives.