"There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out." -Lou Reed

Friday, November 23, 2007

Giving Thanks

I spent yesterday, Thanksgiving, with my friend Kim and her extended family in Matthews. It was wild, hilarious, touching, and fun. I can't remember when I have had such a great Thanksgiving. I have actually spent this particular holiday with a lot of different friends and their families over the years due to living far away from my family, or to the fact that while in college, I used to work through holidays-- Thanksgiving was a great time in retail to pick up extra shifts and extra money! This was by far one of my favorite Thanksgiving holidays!
Kim's cousins were there with their kids and Kim has 3 boys, so the house was alive with wild energy. All of the kids were armed with Nerf weapons, the likes of which I have never seen before. Kim's aunt has a great house, with a great basement, which was where all the ruckus of playing and "nerf war" took place, and where I spent most of my time, watching and laughing.
Being single, I was also amused to watch that all the younger husbands were drawn to these nerf weapons like magnets and were immediately engaged in playing with as much energy and enthusiasm as the 3 - 6 year olds. It was fun to watch, and of course, the kids had a blast. I love all of Kim's kids, but I have a soft spot for Kim's youngest, Nathan, who is already a bit of a handful, (and who is so cute I can't stand it) and I just love his attitude, although it leaves Kim weary sometimes. I only see him for small time periods, so I think it is cute and funny. He is three and rolls his eyes in exasperation with me and everyone else. Hilarious. (he also called the pucks on the air hockey table "hot pockets"--he cracks me up).
All of the food was amazing, and I got to see Kim's cousins that I knew (some I hadn't seen in years)--one of them, Lisa, was another dear friend of mine in high school, and got to meet some other members of her family that I hadn't met yet. It was all so fun. I took my camera, but never got around to taking it out, because I was too busy laughing and chasing Nathan. That's the sign of a good time- when you are having so much fun that you forget to take out the camera!
I hope you all had a great holiday, too!

-Kim >^..^<



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