Monday, November 26, 2012

An Extra Special Thanksgiving

Every few years, Dylan shares his birthday with Thanksgiving!  This year was one of those years.

I'm sure it's difficult to share a birthday with a big holiday, so we try our hardest to make the day special for him.  Thanksgiving week is always special to me now, because Dylan was born that week.

Dylan was born early, so we had to stay a few extra days in the hospital.  We brought him home the night before Thanksgiving.  I vividly remember waking up at dawn to feed him.  The sky was just beginning to brighten and it was snowing.  I remember how it felt as I hugged him tight against me. I felt as if my heart was going to explode with love for him.  The snow seemed so magical and the world seemed more beautiful now that he was in my arms.

I wanted this birthday to be a special one for him, especially since he had lost his PapPap weeks before.  I stayed up late putting up decorations, wrapping his gifts, writing his birthday card message, and filling his room with balloons.

He was the first to wake.  He spotted his decorations and presents and woke us up, begging to open his gifts!

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

He immediately set to work building his Halo sets and playing his new Xbox game.  We put on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to watch as he built.  Lily and Lexie were mesmerized by the parade!

Our first stop of the day was at Grant's Grandma's house for an early Thanksgiving dinner.  We sat at the kids table, as usual.  We had a nice visit with Grant's family, and the kids had a great time playing with their cousins!

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

After we left, we went to my sister's house to visit with my family for a while.

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

My mom baked a cake for Dylan, so we sang to him while we were there!

 Photobucket
 Photobucket

Our final stop of the day was at Grant's Nannie's house to visit and have dessert.  Dylan got a present from MawNaw and we got to visit with some out of town relatives.

 Photobucket
 Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

It was a busy day, but we managed to celebrate Thanksgiving and our special boy!  He had to share his birthday, but he said it was the best birthday ever!




Photobucket

12 comments:

  1. Awh! What a great day! Looks like Dylan had a great birthday!!!Love the pic of the 5 of you!

    ReplyDelete
  2. He is such a sweet boy! I'm glad he had a good birthday. I love the family picture of you all at the end. So cute!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love your Family Photo!
    You are one gorgeous Mama!! Glad it was a great day :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. absolutely adorable family picture!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Happy Birthday to your little man! I've always wondered what it would be like for a kid having a birthday really close to a major holiday but you've done such a great job of making his day so special!

    ReplyDelete
  6. What an adorable family you have!! So glad you all had a great Thanksgiving, and I love your description of the early memories in the hospital with your little one! So special!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Talk about an extra special holiday weekend.. Glad he had a great birthday! Love the pics!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hey - have you been having any issues with your blogger? A bunch of my friends were complaining about picture issues with their accounts, but mine was fine because I use html code to embed my pictures but then all of a sudden today when I try to post it's just going all over the place adding random code by itself repeatedly or deleting everything I've done.

    ReplyDelete
  9. what a handsome guy your birthday boy is! Your description of the day you brought him home from the hospital almost moved me to tears - so heart warming!!

    Quick vent - your kids loved the parade?!?! We had to put bubble guppies on... mine had 0 interest in it. How sad!

    ReplyDelete
  10. So precious - your first memories with him and how he is growing up! You made the day really special for him. I love the pic of you with your mom and sisters!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love your family photo!! Happy birthday Dylan!!

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing your thoughts and ideas! Let's connect!