Monday, November 20, 2006
Heading home for Thanksgiving!
Oronzo, Snuggle Bug, and I are flying to my home state early tomorrow morning, to celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family! We'll be there for a whole week.

I'm not lining up guest bloggers for this trip because I'm staying with my brother, Cole, and his family and we'll have Internet access, so I'll be able to continue to blog next week. Hooray!

I'm really excited to be going home. I'll be able to hang out with my entire family, as well as some aunts and uncles. I may even have time to visit with some of my college friends while I'm back.

Snuggle Bug will be able to play with his 6 cousins while we're back and his aunts and uncles and grandparents will be able to love on him! Most haven't seen him since last Christmas.

My family has requested two things of Oronzo. First, they want him to make a big pot of his scrumptious Italian marinara sauce. Next, they want him to take professional pictures of each of my family members. These will probably be used as Christmas pictures this year. Oronzo is lugging home some of his camera equipment through the airport. I'm insisting that the 3 of us have our pictures taken as well. Despite the fact that Oronzo is a professional photographer, it's rare that I get a nice picture of the 3 of us.

I wish it weren't so expensive to fly back home. This trip is costing us approximately $660 in airfare alone. After Snuggle Bug turns 2 in late December, it'll cost even more than that because he will no longer be able to travel for free. Yikes! I'm hoping to convince my family to come my way next year for Christmas. We'll see how that goes.

Stay tuned this week for details on how our trip is going. I'm sure we'll have lots of fun!

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At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a very safe trip and a Happy Thanksgiving:)

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Have a safe trip and enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family!

At 7:00 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Have a safe trip and a blessed thanksgiving surrounded by those that you love!

Maybe we can do a thanksgiving leftovers friday recipes? ;-)


At 11:48 PM, Blogger Sean Carter said...

Will be waiting for all the details of your trip...have a safe one and enjoy every omment of it....and hey please do drop by my Thanksgiving Blog sometime and share some of the beauty and fun of Thanksgiving!!! Have a great time!!!

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Magi said...

Have a safe trip, a fun visit, and a happy Thanksgiving!

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Mieneke said...

Have a safe and bump-free trip.
May all your luggage arrive, too, and show up on the belt as you are walking up. May there be no queue's as you are exiting the airport! ;-)(These are things I LOVE when I am travelling!)

I hope you have a lovely time with your family.

Love and light, Mieneke

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds wonderful!! Mom, the sisters, and I are getting ready to have approximately 35 (immediate) family over for Thanksgiving dinner. I just LOVE the holidays! Have a safe and fun trip! I can't wait to hear all about it!!

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I had no idea Oronzo was a professional photographer. I had to laugh, though. Your comment about your own family photos reminds me of the shoemaker's children running around barefoot.

I hope you have a wonderful trip. It sounds like so much fun.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

We won't be going back until Christmas and I did the same thing - Christmas here next year!

I can't wait to see the photo of your family, I do hope you can share it.

I understand air fare. It is really out of hand! We recently bought Luke's ticket to NE for the holiday from NYC. Crazy but it is even crazier when you have to fly out of Rapid City.

You have a very blessed holiday!

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!


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