Happy Thanksgiving Friends!
I’m just checking in from the half-way point of our #swansonthanksgivingtravels. (you can follow that hashtag on instagram, of course. :))
It’s been an amazing trip so far. And cold too, which I faintly remember is just what we were hoping for. 😳
We spent the first few days in my hometown of Gig Harbor, Washington ^^ in a whirlwind of visiting, and shopping, and packing, and visiting, shopping and re-packing and…Well, we had a lot to cover getting these thin-skinned Hawaiians ready for the snow!
Yesterday we finally made it to our final destination: Sun Valley, Idaho. Yay! We are all so excited! Dave and the last few family members will arrive late tonight (God willing and flights don’t get canceled). Snow is falling and the slopes open tomorrow! It’s gonna be so much fun. (even if really, really cold.😬)
Meanwhile, I thought I would hop on and share some of the photos Josiah took during our first few days…
Mt. Rainer from the plane as we landed in Seattle. (with Levi yelling “I found Washington!! I found Washington!!”)
My parents house sits in the heart of the Gig Harbor, and I’m in love with their house. No I didn’t grow up in this house, of course they waited for the kids to be grown and gone to build it. (At least I get to visit!)
The view from their front porch is pretty amazing. With boats coming and going, and people strolling by, there is always something to watch. And as much as I enjoy our country life in Hawaii, I think this I’d like to live in a town like this some day.
I did get to squeeze in time with my childhood BFF, Tina.
And yes, she makes me look short. 😉 She also could tell you all kinds of embarrassing things about me as a kid, so please don’t ever ask her.
Also: speaking of Gig Harbor…I’m thinking I want to write a post to share a bit about my family’s roots there. The older I get, the more I realize how special this place is, and I think it will be fun to share some harbor history.
Of course, while he was out with the camera, Josiah kindly followed his mom’s directions of, “Make sure to get lots of pictures of fall leaves!!”
And he did. I was so happy there were still some leaves left for me to enjoy!
Traveling during the holidays is never easy (especially with four kids!) but considering everything, things have gone amazingly well. (and my parents are absolutely
crazy wonderful to have signed up for all of this!) The boys have been good travelers too. And we all can’t wait to get Dave here!
Now we are just excited to finally be in Sun Valley.
Last I heard it was supposed to dip into the single digits this week. 😱 (I’m beginning to wonder who it was that wanted the cold weather…?)
However, watching Levi see snow for the first time this morning pretty much made my trip.
(and yes, he is wearing shorts and a t-shirt. We’re working on that.)
Thanksgiving thoughts: This is a uniquely special Thanksgiving for us, but I also look back and see God’s faithfulness through so many years, and seasons, and Thanksgivings in my life. This is only the second time in fourteen years that I’ve been with my parents and my brothers for Thanksgiving. I remember some lonely Thanksgivings. Many years Dave has had to work on Thanksgiving. Yet always, always, there is plenty to be thankful for!
I hope that wherever this finds you, you too see God’s blessings in your life. Stay safe and healthy and hug the ones you love tight!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Stay warm!
I’d love to hear from you in comments below. Share something you are thankful for. Or tell me what you’re doing to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Maybe it’s an extra special celebration, or this year may be a more lonely one. I hope you know that I count YOU as one of my blessings this year!
PS Thanks to Josiah for the majority of these pictures, and for being a stellar travel companion/Father-figure to his younger brothers while his dad was not with us. 🙂
PPS Last year I wrote a blog thankful list. I echo every bit of it again this year!