The last few weeks of 2013 were quite busy for us! So much so that I am just now getting around to blogging a recap of the holidays. As usual, Drew and I traveled to Kentucky to spend time with both sides of the family. Even though we both still had to check in with work every so often, it was extremely refreshing to have almost 2 weeks physically out of the office. Spending time with family is definitely one of our top priorities, and while Atlanta is still a 6 hour drive from both of our families, we definitely were able to do so this Christmas.
Before heading to Kentucky, we celebrated Christmas, as well as several birthdays, with the Georgia relatives. Then we headed to Louisville to spend the weekend with Nanny and Granddaddy. Nanny and Granddaddy’s house is always so cozy during the holidays, and I felt honored to help them decorate this year and hear about their past family traditions. We were also able to organize a cousins’ breakfast one morning, which was so much fun and will hopefully be a new annual holiday tradition. The family is constantly growing, with new babies and upcoming weddings, so it was wonderful to have everyone be in the same place at once.
Next up, an afternoon in Shepherdsville with my Mom’s family. Just when we thought we’d eaten all we could at Nanny and Granddaddy’s house, more great food to enjoy! My Mom was born on Christmas Day, so we celebrated her birthday as well. That evening we headed to Fort Mitchell, where we would spend the next few days with my parents. Over Thanksgiving, I had mentioned briefly to Mom and Dad how much I loved baking, decorating–and then eating–gingerbread men. To me, recreating memories is just as fun as establishing new ones.
There was a light dusting of snow on Christmas Eve…I’d been hoping for a White Christmas but I wasn’t going to complain about some flurries a day early! It hasn’t snowed in Atlanta since we’ve lived there, but I can always count on Kentucky to give me my fill :)
Our final leg of traveling was a stop in Owensboro to visit Drew’s parents. We spent most of the weekend trying to keep warm, staying in to watch movies and (surprise!) eat more delicious food. The following Sunday we headed back home to Atlanta, feeling relaxed and refreshed. Visits with family are always so special; they give me renewed energy and perspective. Drew and I always feel so lucky to have the amazing, loving family that we do, but we always are reminded of just how blessed we are during the holidays. While it was hard to say goodbye to everyone, as well as closing the chapter on another year, we know that 2014 will be a great year!