A Beaufort Thanksgiving recap

This Thanksgiving by far was the best I've had in years, and I don't say that because any in the past have been bad. By contrast, all of them have been great. I love seeing my mom's side of the family on the coast, having traditional Thanksgiving on Thursday, then seafood Thanksgiving on Friday. It's my favorite holiday of the year!

But this Thanksgiving was different (and better and better) for so many fun, stressful, and unpredictable reasons!

To take you back to Thursday morning, my mom, sister and I started on the drive down to Edisto, which is where my grandparents have a beach house. The house is relatively small, so normally we drive, while one side of the family stays there, and the other side of the family takes the boat over for the day. First interruption making this Thanksgiving different - the oven at the beach house quit working. Everyone immediately had to switch plans, and instead of having dinner at the beach, we had it at Beaufort! Good news? Since we were driving, we didn't have a problem getting to Beaufort. Bad news? We didn't eat until around 4:00 because the turkey was only put in the oven around noon. Luckily we had plenty of snacks to tide us over. Not enough food is never a problem in the Lomas family!

With a family of 14, including two grandparents, three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, every announcement is exciting. In this case, we found out my cousin's wife will have baby next summer, and we are ecstatic! My cousins told my grandma by putting t-shirts on the two great-grandchildren that said "big cousin" and had her figure it out on her own. She was so surprised!

While this may seem so small and unimportant, my other cousin's oldest daughter lost her first tooth on Thanksgiving. She had told every relative that she would meet the tooth fairy soon! When it came out her mouth was full of blood, but she couldn't have been more excited! Everyone clapped and cheered for her, and the look on her face was priceless. It's so fun to experience those milestones with little kids!

As if we needed more excitement, on Friday some of the family took the boat back over to Edisto for seafood Thanksgiving pt 2. The boat worked well going on the hour-long trip there, but coming back we ran into trouble. Needless to say, it's a bit concerning when your boat turns off every two minutes when it is almost dark, 40 degrees, and you have two children and a pregnant lady onboard. It was a miracle that we were able to get back to Beaufort without a tow, but that only made us more thankful to get into the house with a fire and big glass of wine.

I would rather not mention it, but USC lost to Clemson in the big rivalry game yesterday. We didn't play well, but I did end up watching the Alabama-Auburn game, which provided the perfect end to my Thanksgiving weekend! Today I'm getting back into preparing for work this week, but Thanksgiving was even more than I could have ever hoped for.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday! PS - happy Cyber Monday!

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