We traveled east to spend Thanksgiving with family outside of Washington DC. I had been dreading the 10+ hours of flight time with toddlers, but it was actually kind of okay. After four years of frequent flights with tiny people, I think we may be entering a stage of less travel hassle. I mean, I don't want to jinx it or anything. Pirate is only barely two, after all. But we're past the stage where you have to bring every kind of entertainment possible, special milk/snacks/diaper disaster supplies, and I no longer need to haul a car seat through airports.
We had a great few days with family, eating and relaxing, and I took a bit of a break from the blog and most of social media. When I travel, especially when it's to spend time with family, I find it next to impossible to spend too much time on the computer. Not for some pious priority reason, but because time flies by and there are memories to be made. I wish I could apply that attitude to my regular life sometimes and wrench myself away from this screen more often. It's a complicated relationship.
On Friday I drove out to see a blogging friend Ashleigh and her beautiful fairy tale life in the country. Her internet service is intermittent, so we don't get to talk online as much as we used to. We spoke of the pros and cons of this sort of disconnection from the world wide web, a subject I can argue passionately from both sides. But mainly we talked about our lives before we became friends, and about the sadness that comes when a friendship is over. She made me warm cookies and coffee and we barely moved from her couch until darkness fell.
We flew back to Los Angeles on Saturday, bringing with us small colds. On Sunday we put up the Christmas decorations and stayed in pajamas until late afternoon. I am so excited to start the Christmas season. Each year it gets better and better with the kids, and I genuinely enjoy all the cheer that comes with this time of year. Most years I look around and think "How is it the holidays already?" but 2013 has been a long one and I'm glad to feel festive and, of course, thankful.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.