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It's the simple things

November 28, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
It wasn't riding on the famous Chicago ferris wheel or ice skating on the outdoor rink downtown. It wasn't the trip to the American Girl Doll Cafe or eating deep dish pizza at Geno's East (supposedly the best in Chicago). And, it wasn't even the elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, or decorating turkey cookies. What Julie said she loved best about Thanksgiving was jumping in the leaves outside our house with her "twin" cousin Mackenzie and Uncle Todd. "This is my favorite day ever!" Julie and Mackenzie, her cousin from California kept proclaiming all day. This Thanksgiving was quite different from years past. Instead of gathering in Maryland with dozens of my family members, we stayed in Chicago and Scott's family flew to us. I have to admit. The days leading up to Thanksgiving I was a little sad thinking about missing Thanksgiving with my family for the first time in my entire life. I felt a little depressed imagining my parents hosting Thanksgiving without us, and I couldn't help but remember all the memories of Thanksgivings past. But, this Thanksgiving was wonderful. Scott's mom, brother, sister-in-law and Scott's cousin's seven-year-old daughter came to visit. Thanksgiving Day was laid back, and filled with food, drinks, playing games and lots of playing outside for the kids, since the weather was unseasonably warm. The rest of the weekend was spent exploring the city of Chicago. The famous "Bean" was amazing at night, with the city lights reflected in its mirrored surfaces, and the view from the 94th floor of the John Hancock building was breathtaking. What the kids enjoyed the most, however, is what Thanksgiving is really about: spending time with loved ones. They would have been happy just staying home, frolicking around in the backyard on a warm fall day.


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Julie, Mackenzie and Uncle Todd playing in the leaves