Whew! We made a quick (but super fun) trip up to Missouri over the weekend to see Andrew's family and have a little pre-Thanksgiving celebration.
Right before we left, the doorbell rang and this sweet package was on my porch. The wonderful people over at Erin Condren sent me this box full of monogrammed things for my family with Ashby's name on them! I seriously got emotional over the kindness of their hearts. It's hard to believe that people in California working hard at their own business are thinking about my sweet girl currently living in an orphanage on the other side of the world. I've always been a HUGE fan of Erin Condren, but now I'm over the moon. They will forever have a piece of my heart.
About to load up for our road trip! Love this sweet boy :).
Right at 10:30, the Shull four loaded up and headed to Missouri. It's about a 5.5 hour drive from our house to Andrew's parents' house outside of Joplin. We watched Christmas movies and listened to Christmas music the whole way up.
For lunch, we stopped at Cracker Barrel, of course! I don't think there is any better road trip fare!
We met Andrew's parents in Joplin for dinner (I forgot to take pics) and then headed back to their house.
I ate a peanut butter brownie (it was so good!) and read Andy's new book while the kiddos played a bit. It was delightful!
Kensington drew a picture for me...such a sweet girl with her sweet picture. It's raining on me in this pic (see the rain!) and I'm holding an umbrella. I love that I'm wearing heels (of course), have on full makeup and that the roots of that tree are showing. Girlfriend loves to add detail!
The next morning, I took in the view, enjoyed my coffee and more Andy. My in-laws live on a working farm out in the middle of nowhere. They've lived here almost 40 years.
While I was enjoying my quiet morning, Andrew and Smith were sitting in a deer blind. They woke up at 5:30 to hunt. Smith loves hunting with his dad.
Twelve Thanksgivings ago, Andrew invited me to his parents' farm for the first time. As a city girl, I had never been on a working farm like this. When we drove up, his dad was wearing overalls and driving a tractor. It was true love with this boy :).
We left the farm and headed to one of our favorite places (Sandstone Garden) for lunch and a little shopping.
It was raining as we walked in and Andrew took this pic of me...Texas girl, in Missouri supporting her Massachusetts team. I'm a complex gal.
We made our way to a candy house outside of Joplin. It's a little magical shop that makes me think I'm in Germany every time I visit.
Isn't it so cute?!
Can I please have jelly beans???
After lunch and the candy house, Kensington said she wanted to go on the afternoon hunt with Andrew. She had never been before, so we weren't sure what she would think but she was super excited. She put on Smith's hunting gear (and her Wellies) and they headed out.
He loved spending that extra time with her :). My dad and I bond over baseball...maybe they'll bond over hunting????
Andrew said she sat there and worked on her French most of the time (totally my kid) and then he said she screamed out loud (a big no, no when hunting) when she saw this...
...the French word that popped up was "le chasseur" or "the hunter" in English. Isn't that funny?! What are the odds???
Legs crossed, watching a movie, eating a cookie...maybe I could hunt after all????
She spotted a squirrel. I think we have those in our backyard at home too. ;)
Meanwhile, my mother-in-law and I found a Starbucks and walked through the mall. That's my kind of hunting!
Later that night, we met Andrew's brother, his wife and their two kids for dinner at 609 (so good if you're in Joplin!). Due to the nature of both of their jobs, they are not on any forms of social media, so I'll keep the pics of their cute kids to myself. We had a great time catching up with family and enjoying a yummy meal before heading to Aunt Vicki's house for dessert!
At 5:15 the next morning, we woke up the kids and headed back to Texas. They stayed awake and watched 3 Christmas movies for almost 6 hours...and then about 5 minutes before pulling into our driveway, they both fell asleep. Always happens.
Such a great trip to Missouri! We sure do love going to visit!
On my foodie blog today...
...a Black Friday Menu that uses your leftover turkey from the day before!