This Thanksgiving, Harrison and I packed our bags for a short road trip to the countryside. I’ve talked about Athens before- you can see my post here– but it was different this time. This time everyone was gathered together for a family celebration- all fifteen of us!
Harrison has four siblings, three of which are in Dallas, married, with children. His brother Court has a gorgeous ranch in Athens, TX- about an hour fifteen away from Dallas. The whole Dallas family was able to make it to Athens, which meant bundles of laughter, deepening friendships, and memories being made.
Since there are six nieces and nephews all under the age of five, it’s hard for the “grown ups” to spend quality time together. But when we’re out in the country with the kids able to run wild and nap spots readily available, it’s easy to get that family time that we love.
Check out these precious little bundles of joy!
It wouldn’t be a complete stay in Athens without a little four-wheel action. We love taking out the ATV’s and golf-cart.
There’s just something so freeing about riding around the lake in the forest with the wind flying past you!
And the gorgeous lake, surrounded by pines, always beckons my name. The water reflects the sky so brilliantly every time we get out there.
Besides four-wheeling, we took Court’s new (new to him, but actually really old) ’68 Chevy truck for a spin.
It actually got stuck in some sand (yes- somehow there is sand in East Texas!), and all four men had to pitch in to try to get it un-stuck. (It didn’t work- the ranch hand is going to bring his heavy duty tools over after we leave!).
There was the bonfire as well, which warmed us up at night while we roasted s’mores.
And the best part- game nights. Have you ever played codenames? Let me tell ya… it is one of the best group games out there!
Anyway, at the end of the day, once exhaustion set in after so many laughs and adventures, we all turned in to our separate cabins.
You might notice that I didn’t mention the actual meal! As wonderful as our Thanksgiving lunch was the following day, it was the memories that I’ll remember.
I’m so thankful for this big Texas family that I married into almost three years ago.
My in-laws are such sweet, wonderful, fun people who love me. I’m thankful for each and every one of them, and of course for the love of my life, Harrison.
What are you thankful for this time of year?
And have you ever been to Athens, TX?