My grandparents arrived around 11:30am, and Steve and Joni arrived shortly there after... along with Megan and Ryan and their adorable five month old son, Grant.
Grant was the event VIP, no doubt about it. He was immediately attended to by his great-aunt and great-grandparents (my mom and grandparents). He is such a cute baby with a great disposition and fun personality. I admit I was a total baby-hog - I couldn't get enough of him.
My parents were the Thanksgiving hosts, but my grandma is the official gravy-maker every year, so I watched her make it a little bit. And then all of us sat down and ate Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone agreed it was the best Thanksgiving meal yet - and that is something significant because this exact same group has been celebrating together for over 20 years! Pretty crazy to think about, and I felt so grateful to be there.
After dinner, we did our traditional "what are you thankful for this year" question, and we all went around the table to say what we're thankful for. My answer was that I'm thankful for the two people that were at our Thanksgiving table in 2012 that weren't in 2011 - my future sister, Kelly and the baby Grant.
In a totally surprising (and lovely) answer, Kelly said that she was thankful for her groom, and that she was thankful for ME. It melted my heart (and I'll admit to tearing up pretty significantly). It was definitely a highlight for me.
After enjoying a trio of pies, we spread out a little bit. My grandparents got on the road, some people were watching football, and the four girls (plus Grant) put on our walking shoes and went for our traditional walk. Our walk last year was one of the most special parts of Thanksgiving 2011, so it will probably always have a special spot in my heart.
After everyone had left, and it was just the Staloney family sitting around our living room, we turned on an old family video, and laughed our heads off about how funny we all were in 2001. It was hysterical.
After an hour or so of this, Kelly said she had something to drop off for me, and came over. She handed me an envelope, and asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding!
There was so much more to it, that I think this deserves a separate post. Suffice it to say that I cried happy tears over Kelly (for the second time in a day - ha) and was overjoyed to accept.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for a reason, and Thanksgiving 2012 was extra special.