embracing spontaneity

So, apparently, I should never promise to post anything because inevitably, when I do, something comes up. Like deciding to drive to Dallas for Thanksgiving at 6:30 Wednesday night.
Yes, over Thanksgiving weekend, we spent approximately 40 hours in the car, largely because we were feeling spontaneous.
The holiday rotation that we have worked out with our families is that one year we spend Thanksgiving with my family and Christmas with Zach’s, and the next year we swap. This year was our year for Thanksgiving with my family. Unfortunately,  we didn’t think it would work out this year, partly because they were doing Thanksgiving at my aunt and uncle’s house in Dallas, and plane tickets for the weekend were about a bazillion dollars. So, we told Zach’s family that we would meet up with them in Winston-Salem (about an hour and a half away).
And then on Wednesday, after getting a card from my aunt saying how they would miss us, Zach (who is infinitely more spontaneous than me), said, “Why don’t we just drive to Dallas?” First response: “Ummm because it’s about a million miles away.” Then, after some thinking and a “When will we ever get a chance to do this again?” and “It would be such a fun surprise!” pep talk from my husband, we hopped in the car. At 6:30. In the dark. Leaving a pitiful puppy with Zach’s younger brother. And drove for.ev.er.

We took a two hour nap at a rest stop, then continued straight on till Dallas, where we walked in the door just as everyone was getting ready to sit down and eat. Needless to say, it was very exciting and a Thanksgiving to remember.
We spent the next few days enjoying time with my wonderful family, eating delicious food, and enjoying Dallas. On Thanksgiving evening, my Aunt Linda and Uncle Jim hosted “light-up night” where they turned on their Christmas lights for the first time. Turning on Christmas lights, no big deal, right? Unless you’re my uncle. His house is covered in lights, and the lighting is quite the neighborhood event. Their home has been featured on the news, in the paper, and on tours around Dallas. Yep. Pretty fun.

Don’t forget: we were in Texas. Hook em’ horns.

We also went to Ice, a 14,000 square-foot exhibit featuring incredible Christmas ice sculptures. This year the theme was Charlie Brown Christmas. We loved seeing all of the colors, going down the ice slide, and hearing the classic music of the film.

We also loved touring the Gaylord Texan, the hotel that was hosting the event. It is gigantic (you know what they say about Texas), and the Christmas decorations were pretty unreal.

We also did a little Black Friday shopping. No, we didn’t bust any doors, but thanks to the fact that Dallas time is an hour behind Raleigh time, we still woke up around 7:30 and managed to make a few stops. For the most part, I showed my dad some things I wanted for Christmas, but we did manage to buy one thing that I’ve had my eye on.

Soooo comfy. As in, I wish I could wear it. With the Black Friday sale, a $5 off coupon, and a $10 gift card, we only ended up paying about $6.50. Not too shabby for a blanket that makes me squeal with delight.
On our way home, we broke the trip into two parts, stopping in Nashville halfway. We enjoyed our little southeast tour, and will hopefully get to spend more time in some of the cities someday. But, most of all, we loved seeing everyone! We are so thankful to be part of such a sweet, generous, fun family!


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