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The way Zach and I decided our holiday schedule it worked out where every Thanksgiving we spend with my family. Mom’s side of the family does a BIG get-together every other year (the odd years the brothers spend with their wives families). Thankfully, this year was the “off” year. Since I was too far along pregnant to travel I would have hated to miss the big family gathering!!! We knew we’d all just stay local this year (a first for us!!!) and Mom decided to host it at her house. We were SUPER excited that two of my aunts decided to come celebrate with us ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I was a few days shy of 38 weeks pregnant we were busy busy getting everything done, hoping I’d go into labor that weekend with Stacy on call (obviously, that didn’t happen). We spent the day prior to Thanksgiving working on stuff then hardcore cleaned the house on Thanksgiving morning (since Blitzen still isn’t here I’m thinking the house could use another deep cleaning here soon). Around 10:30ish we headed to Mom’s to visit with everyone and get our Thanksgiving on!

Watching some football ๐Ÿ™‚

Mom, Auntie Becky, and Auntie Amy had the kitchen going so I kinda stayed out of the way ๐Ÿ™‚ Auntie Amy and Uncle Joe have a new puppy who was precious and Auntie Becky and Lonnie brought their two dogs (one of which used to be Mom’s) so Kye was in dog HEAVEN. He loved playing with them all, especially the newest puppy. We had Kye go down for nap there but it did not go over well. We have learned that Kye does not nap well at other places when there is a lot of excitement. It’s best for us to leave the fun and take him home. Zach ended up getting him up during his nap and taking him back to the house to finish it up (such a GOOD daddy!!!) and I ended up falling asleep in his bed at Mom’s while they were gone!

It was wonderful getting to spend quality time with my family. We are a BIG bunch and sometimes it’s easy to not get that one-on-one time with each person when we’re all together so the smaller group was really wonderful! We took full advantage of the opportunity for some pictures! I’m posting them all so they can all steal the ones they want (you can click on the pictures to make them bigger, then right click and save on your computer!!!).

Auntie Amy and Uncle Joe

My mom’s sister (the 3rd child of the 6)

They actually lived in Lawrenceville when we were growing up so Auntie Amy has always been special to me!

Auntie Becky and Lonnie

Auntie Becky is Mom’s sister and the 2nd of the 6 kids!

The live in Melbourne and growing up Auntie Becky was the silly, fun aunt who loved to paint


Gotta have a silly one ๐Ÿ™‚

Mom and Me

Us Girls

I’m glad we got some pictures of the three of us, as these could potentially be the last ones as a family we have before we’re a family of four!

More than ANYTHING else this year I’m thankful for God first and my guys 2nd!!! 


We ate dinner at about 5 and it was fabulous! We enjoyed going around and saying what we were thankful for, which is a yearly tradition for us. It was nice b/c none of us drink so there wasn’t any alcohol, no drunken drama, just enjoying each others company!!! We headed out pretty early so Kye could get his bath and into the bed but we had a great time and I really appreciate Mom hosting as I know in my condition I couldn’t have managed!!!

Friday morning the Thanksgiving fun continued as we went out to the Country Club to golf. Zach and his dad have a yearly father/son tournament and they invited Uncle Joe, Aunt Karen and Kye to play too. I got my own golf cart and literally rode over every bump at full speed. Didn’t work but I tried haha! Kye had a BLAST and we stayed for the first 9 holes then I took him to let them finish up. Zach, of course, WON the tournament ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s a video of Kye warming up before they started and here’s some pictures from our morning

Uncle Joe, Zach and Kye

LOVE this!

Keeping score

Aunt Karen let Kye play in the sand traps, I wouldn’t have probably allowed it but she’s married to the head of the grounds of the course so I’m sure if SHE says it’s okay then it is ๐Ÿ˜‰

Up to no good face ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aunt Karen helping him rake it up

Kye loves his GAK (Great Aunt Karen)!

Three generations of Parker men…

…and awesome golfers ๐Ÿ˜‰

Being HOME for Thanksgiving really made the break feel sooooo long. It was great! Kye and I were both truly sad when Monday came and Daddy had to go back to work. It made me look forward to the day (like 40 years from now haha) when Zach is retired and we’ll get to spend ALL our time together like that! We took advantage of every minute and had a wonderful time together.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

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This year we traveled to Vero Beach to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the holiday we do every year with my family (Zach is hardcore about his Parker Christmas traditions so we do that every year with them!). I was excited to see everyone but also nervous for the trip. It was Kye’s first trip facing forward in the car seat. Would he sleep? It was also his first car trip using the potty. Would we have to stop a million times? AND Zach’s back was causing him a ton of pain and issues so I worried about him making the drive and being able to help Mom load up the rest of her stuff from her house. We borrowed Mr. Rusty’s truck and trailer for the trip and luckily his truck is big enough to fit all four of us rather comfortably!

On the way down Kye did great. We left at his nap time on Tuesday and he slept for a little under 2 hours. Not ideal, but I was just glad he slept. We also stopped every 1 1/2 hours for him to use the potty and he didn’t have an accident the whole way. Score! The only really bad part of the trip was that Vero Beach is a LOT further from Melbourne than we thought so we didn’t get to the room as fast and poor Zach was hurting pretty bad.

On Wednesday Mom and Zach headed back to Melbourne to get her stuff and I stayed behind to watch Kye. A great thing about having a kid is that they have to have someone to watch them and that means that someone can’t help move stuff. Haha! It was rather boring spending the day in the hotel room (especially since our feet were BLACK from the carpets…kinda gross) but we watched our share of Disney movies and while he napped I addressed Christmas cards.

 Zombie-Boy movie watching ๐Ÿ™‚

 love that butt!

 I enjoyed the cuddle time, although I could live the rest of my life without seeing Cars again

 When he wasn’t movie watching he enjoyed lining up ALL his cars! Daddy and Gramma made him a little bridge for them to sit on ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday morning we checked out of the hotel and went to eat at Cracker Barrel for breakfast/lunch. Kye showed embarrassingly poor behavior. I had to walk around with him while Mom and Zach ate then Mom took over so I could eat my cold food. We ordered him food and he wouldn’t touch it. Very annoying but understandable as he had a pretty bad cough at the time and was actually on some meds for it, so he just wasn’t himself.

Once we got to Aunt Gretchen’s Kye got his nap and he slept for 3 hours in his pack and play in her extra bedroom. No one could believe he slept that great with all of us talking, laughing and carrying on. Have I mentioned I LOVE Babywise?!? ๐Ÿ™‚ My kid can SLEEP!

Aiden was DYING to see Kye. Aiden is my second cousin and the youngest one of the bunch. While most of us have at least one cousin close to our age (I have Jonathan 11 months younger and Meghan 11 months older), poor Aiden is the youngest by several years. Once Kye came along I think Aiden decided that they will be cousin bffs and it’s precious (remember how cute he was with Kye at our family picnic?). Aiden even brought some of his old books to give to Kye and couldn’t wait to read them with him!

 They also enjoyed playing with Aunt Gretchen’s noise making animal toys

Every other year we have a BIG Thanksgiving with EVERYONE (on the odd years my uncles go spend Thanksgiving with their in-laws so we do smaller celebrations like last year). It was so nice to all be together and see each other. I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve seen everyone – including Brandon and Chrissy! Here’s some pictures of our Thanksgiving fun!

first married thanksgiving!

 Ben, Zach, Josh and Susi

 bffs Sabrina and Caylin

 Jonathan with his man Brian

 Me and Meghan

(my Charlotte Charm Necklace went GREAT with my outfit!!! Do you want one of your own? For FREE? Each ITEM you order by Dec 17th enters you in a drawing to WIN! Visit my site, here, then click “find your hostess” and type “Emily Parker” to get flat $5.95 shipping!)

 sisters ๐Ÿ™‚

 SO thankful for HER this year!!!

While I enjoyed getting to see everyone, I hated to see Zach in so much pain. He literally spent the whole day laying on Aunt Gretchen’s couch to help his back recover from moving the stuff the day before and to rest before having to drive home that night. I promise I offered to drive…but he swears that his back hurts either way, driving or not. I’m just SO used to seeing Zach as the life of the party and I always enjoy functions with my side of the family because I love seeing how much Zach loves everyone else. It was hard for me to not have Zach be his normal self and it honestly made me have less of a good time. I was so worried about him and spent all my time watching Kye that I didn’t get to visit with everyone as much as I would have liked to. Oh well! In 2 years (our next BIG Thanksgiving) Kye will be able to take care of himself…but then again I may have another baby…looks like I won’t be free to just hang out for AWHILE! haha!

Kye was very tempted by Aunt Gretchen’s fountain

 he did end up having to be told “no sir” about it and I think even may have gotten a spanking?

 I don’t think our family has EVER all sat at one table together!

 The Bublitz Clan
(minus Susi who took the picture and Aunt Amy, Uncle Joe, Christine, Amber and Ashley who we missed!)

 I remember being at the kids table and always wanting to sit by my favorite cousin at the time (typically Meghan but as I got older Jonathan) so we sat Kye and Aiden together to carry on the tradition ๐Ÿ™‚

 I made AWESOME Reese’s Cookies and had to let Kye have a couple

 he, like his mama, LOVED them

We headed home at Kye’s bedtime (7:30) and didn’t get home until 1 am. Zach was supposed to leave and drive 5 hours to Alabama the next day but instead got some MUCH needed rest at the house! It was a loooong drive and unfortunately Kye didn’t travel as well on the way home as he did on the way there. I don’t think any of us did! Kye stayed awake until after 9 and then woke up several times throughout the drive. Facing forward with all the lights from other traffic and the highway really affected him. He saw the 11:00 hour for the first time in his LIFE. Needless to say, we won’t be doing that again. Like ever.

I already wrote a post about what I’m most thankful for this year so if you need reminding you can read that here. I mentioned what I wrote in that post when it was my turn to say what I’m thankful for (EACH person in our family says something before we eat – as children we dreaded it and as adults we love it,  well at least most of us do. And ALL the guys end up bawling haha). Of course I’m also SO thankful for my wonderful family, my amazing husband for being such a great father and provider, my precious son, ALL the many blessings God has poured over me and, of course, my pets ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Family at Thanksgiving

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Since we spend every Christmas Eve/Christmas morning with the Parker’s, our agreement is that we go to my family’s for every Thanksgiving.

We drove down to Melbourne Wednesday night and stayed through Sunday morning. It was nice just to relax for a weekend!

Our family always gathers at Uncle Chip and Aunt Michele’s house and this year was no different!

At Easter Zach and the guys started the tradition of playing a family football game! So they decided to play volleyball at Thanksgiving. It’s pretty hilarious seeing as my family is not really the athletic type. I think all us on-lookers enjoyed laughing at the guys and especially at how competitive Zach is!

We had 32 people but we still did our annual tradition of going around the room and saying what we’re thankful for. As a little girl I dreaded this tradition! So embarrassing! But as an adult I appreciate the opportunity to tell my family how much I love them and to reflect on what God has blessed me with over this past year. I think it especially meant a lot to Nana this year and I’m so glad we continued the tradition.

My poor mom fell in the tub and her eye is totally gross! I feel so bad for her but luckily it looked a lot better than this by the time we left!

It was a fun day with the family! We went over to their house around 1 and didn’t leave until 9:30! The next day we relaxed at Mom’s house. Zach helped Mom paint a piece of furniture and the baby and I enjoyed watching The Jewelry Channel alllll day!

I’ve never watched home shopping much before and it’s awesome! haha The Jewelry Channel is going out of business and they had some great deals. It was very addicting to watch but I didn’t make any purchases!

Saturday morning Zach and I got up early and drove to Orlando to get some things for the baby’s room from Ikea. We LOVE that store! Even though I had to beg and plead to get Zach to go, I know he’s glad he did! We spent more than we should have but everything they have there are such good deals ๐Ÿ™‚ That night we ate Cici’s with Jonathan and his boyfriend Bryan. I really really like Bryan and had such a nice time getting to know him better!

Since Uncle Chip’s family is moving to California in January, we went to their house to watch the Florida/Florida State game. The game was pathetic (which was kind of expected) and it was also pretty sad to think it was our last time at their house and that our family dynamic will change a lot when they move. We will miss them and I hope we all still get together as a family as they are usually the ones who make it happen!

We left Sunday morning and stopped by the St. Augustine Outlets to do some shopping. With Zach working so much we don’t get to ever do stuff like that together and I enjoy him being their with me to pick out presents, especially the ones for people in his family! It downpoured rain so we headed back early because Sadie cannot handle rain very well!

It was such a fun weekend and I can’t wait to go back to Melbourne in a couple weeks for Christmas!



  1. AShley
    December 3, 2008 / 8:38 pm

    OH MY GOSH your MoM’s eye looks awful

    August 29, 2011 / 1:13 am

    I'm a new follower from Comment Love at FTLOB and I have to say…What a SMALL world we live in! ย First off…I had never heard of Valdosta GA until my husband took a class there two years ago, almost to the day! ย He was there for two weeks. ย As I perused your blog, I then see this post about your trip to Melbourne FL. ย I live literally, right across the causeway from Melbourne. ย That is 2 coincidences! ย Too weird that you also happen to be the commenter on Comment Love just above me. ย It's like fate or something? ย Anyhow, congrats on your pregnancy! ย I can't wait to read some more of your posts!

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