There were a few gatherings this year. I typically don't attend anything public, or larger family gatherings because of my health. However, I was so PROUD to attend my husband's graduation ceremony from the Academy. It wasn't all that fancy, or even much of a party. It was just good to meet a lot of the people embarking on the same career as him, and see him happy and beaming.
We moved to our new location shortly after, so we didn't have another "gathering" until Thanksgiving. This was fantastic. We visited Karl's sister's home in Cincinnati, and I finally got to meet their Mom. She was awesome! And funny! Karl's Sis has the most beautiful home, lovingly decorated. I finally got to meet my puppy niece and nephew, Zoe and Baxter. We spoiled them rotten!
My brother-in-law cooked the most AWESOME Thanksgiving feast! He found a fantastic dressing recipe (although it wasn't gluten-free, I risked a sampling) that turned out to be heavenly. We had baked beans, a huge turkey, mashed potatoes - all the trimmings, even pie! We sampled a lot of wines over that visit, too. Best of all? We treated the whole family and one of my niece's friends, to the newest Harry Potter film, and it was wonderful too.
Baxter & Zoe
Sadly - we lost Baxter just 10 days later. Baxter had been in the family a long time, and as a large breed (boxer), had a naturally shorter life expectancy than some other breeds. I was so grateful to get to spend time with him - we knew he was on the way out - so I let him lay on me as much as he wanted. Such an adorable, sweet soul.
Have a lovely day! ~ky