On Saturday, we had our big family Thanksgiving celebration. It felt like the stars were aligned for us that day. Before going to my sister’s place for dinner, we headed out to Guelph for a visit with my dad and Liz, his wife. It was one of the easiest drives we have had in awhile- traffic was flowing, there were no slowdowns to speak of, which is virtually unheard of whenever we go from Toronto to Guelph. And when we arrived at their place, there was a surprise waiting for us- the two Burmese kittens that Dad and Liz had adopted!
The kittens were super cute and friendly and Charlotte instantly fell in love with them. Even Penelope liked them- she was reaching out for them, and she would grab at them and pet them whenever they came within her reach.
Speaking of Penelope- she absolutely amazed me that day. She was happy and playful; smiling at my dad and Liz and reaching for them, babbling- it was BY FAR the best she has ever been on an outing. And she was the same way when we got to Jan and Dave’s home- smiling and playing and happy. It was so wonderful. She started to get a bit fussy as it came close to dinner time, but that was totally understandable- she had only slept for about twenty minutes on the car ride from Dad’s to Jan’s, which is a far cry from her usual two hour afternoon nap. Even her unhappiest moment on Saturday was still better than what I have had to deal with on previous outings. She was consolable and went down for a sleep pretty easily. I can’t tell you just how much it meant to me to see her like this. I was overjoyed. I have found it difficult to enjoy these family gatherings in the past because Penelope would be absolutely inconsolable, but this day was perfect.
Charlotte also enjoyed herself- she loves playing with her cousins. She had been a bit under the weather last week- nothing serious, just a bit of a runny nose and slight cough- and by the end of the day on Saturday, we were definitely feeling the consequences. Her eyes were runny, she was overtired but she was happy to have spent the day with her family.
All in all, it was a fantastic day and a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. The food was delicious, the company was excellent, and the setting was gorgeous (Jan and Dave have a beautiful home out in the country and there were spectacular fall leaves everywhere you looked). I honestly could not have imagined a lovelier day, and I am so thankful for the experience.