My allotted vacation days were burning a hole in our collective pocket, so we took the whole Thanksgiving week off and headed for Nashville. Lots of people complain that spending time with family is stressful and exhausting, especially around the holidays. We don't. In fact, we relaxed a lot thanks to help with the kids and had some fun times.
There was much dressing up. Clara's favorite was a darth vader mask that talked and breathed loudly. In the movies, he looks much taller than Clara. Janny generally watched the 3 big kids from a distance.
Jill and I took full advantage of the available family baby sitting. One night we went out to dinner with Matt and Lupita. One day, we took a hike in the Cumberland area. We hiked to 2 waterfalls. The first was a fun surprise because we expected it to be dry. The river bed up to the falls was dry, as in no flowing water, no stagnant water, no puddles of water. We considered turning around and heading back (we only brought one bicycle bottle worth of water for our 4 hour hike). About 100 yards away, we heard the falls, and then we saw them around the bend. Very beautiful. The stream disappears underground.
And now we're back home, trying to get used to cooking, cleaning, working, raising the kids, cleaning, and cleaning all by ourselves. At work today, my office-mate hugged me. It wasn't all that awkward.