James and Ben kicked off the festivities with an early Turkey Bowl game, which Ben was so excited to be included in this year. While they were gone I started cooking, while Jackson watched the parade. Every once in a while he'd run into the kitchen exclaiming, "you gotta see this?" I'd hurry over to the tv with him to spot some beloved character in giant ballon form.
It was so nice to gain back so much downtime, which is normally spent for us driving from one place to the next. Don't get me wrong, I love to spend time over the holidays with extended family, but I think we finally struck a good balance this year. It's so important to start creating traditions in our own little home and especially with little kids, enjoy the downtime as much as the festivities. Otherwise it can all be just exhausting.