Can y’all believe next week is Thanksgiving (for Americans! Don’t go gettin’ your panties in a bunch, everyone else, Canadians) and marks the official start of the holiday season? I know it’s cliché to say, but the time really flies, doesn’t it? Even more so, I think, when you have a kid. A friend gave me a framed photo of Jackson taken at her son’s birthday party last month and I swear, Jackson has ten times more hair now, just six weeks later. And the clothes he was wearing in the picture don’t really fit anymore. Six weeks!
So, next week is Thanksgiving (for Americans! Simmer down, everyone else, Canadians), and we’ll be spending the holiday at my father-in-law’s on the Upper West Side (in the same apartment Drew grew up in). His apartment is close to the Macy’s parade route, but we haven’t decided yet if we’ll take Jackson this year or not. I think he’d enjoy it… for a few minutes, anyway, which is about as long as he enjoys anything. But, dudes, 8 AM. Which means we’d have to leave our place basically at 6 to get to Manhattan and secure a spot along the route. And then you’re stuck in the middle of a crowd, with little to no access to bathrooms, and an unpredictable 1-year-old, and you’ve got hours to kill after the parade before the big meal and, I don’t know, it makes for a long day for me, I mean Jackson. We’ll see.
Over Christmas, we’ll be going to Missouri (holla, Missouri peeps) to see my side of the family. My grandparents live there, along with aunts, uncles, and a couple cousins. My parents will be flying in from Germany, and my sister will come from Austin, and we’ll all be together again for the first time in a long while. I’m trying to teach Jackson to say, “Merry Christmas, Grandma, your hair looks particularly pretty today,” which would blow my mom’s mind, but so far all we’ve got is “BAH BAH BAH BAH BAH.” Still, a lot can change in six weeks, so you never know.
So, whatcha got? What are your holiday plans this year? Are you still working out the details? Anyone doing the ol’ “meet the parents” next week? Is anyone done holiday shopping? Wanna come do mine?
p.s. Yes, that’s me in the photo above running after Sponge Bob.