Missouri Thanksgiving 2019

I remember being a young and married twenty-something who could not imagine spending a holiday any place other than Missouri.  My family is all there and they know how to make the holiday so special.  It just truly felt like home to me.  It still does, I should add, but things have changed a bit.  Nowadays when my family of six is all around the table and I’m serving a simple dinner of tacos, it can feel just as much like home.  So, the kiddos and I went to Missouri for a few days to pre-Thanksgiving because thanks to schedules, sports, and these sweet kids of mine we decided to celebrate with our Missouri family early.

I picked the kiddos up a little early from school, literally threw some clothes in a suitcase, and we set off for the nine hour road trip arriving right before 11:00 p.m.
Saturday morning we slept in and were spoiled with a breakfast casserole waking us up.  The fam was all showing up that afternoon for a little pre-Thanksgiving get together complete with games, delicious food, and a whole lotta laughs.

Did anyone else do this when they were little?  The cousins put together a play for the adults.  I remember doing this ALL THE TIME!  Please note the cutie standing on the couch who was “spotlighting”. 

After the play, Bowen said he’d be available for photos.

A few of us jumped on the chance for a pic.

Someone turns SEVEN in only two days!

As I was packing us up on Friday a Wal-Mart box of Christmas goodies arrived.  I threw the box in the trunk with our suitcase and opened it on Saturday.  Then the girls and I had a photo shoot with all the treasures I ordered!
Did someone say UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY Christmas parade?  Wal-Mart has us covered!  My cousin and sister-in-law were so sweet and helped model!  Wal-Mart has a ton of cute Christmas sweaters available now-whether you’re heading to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or want to get a little festive during the month of December.  Either way, Wal-Mart has you covered and with two-day delivery-your order will be here in no time!

Plaid Christmas Sweater-is sold out right now, but you can see a wide variety of others.
Merry and Bright Christmas Sweater {I plan on wearing this one anytime in December!}

Just for fun my aunt, grandma, and mom wanted to show these festive sweaters are good for any age!  Aren’t they cute?!
Merry Christmas-sold out

Bowen is infatuated with Beau, my cousin’s son.  He thinks he is the coolest and would prefer Beau to come live with us.

We ended the fun playing a game similar to Hot Potato but if you were stuck with the Christmas ornament when the music went off you had to draw an article of clothing out of the bag and wear it.  Now you can only imagine some of the things we pulled out of that bag…hats, wigs, tube top, and notice Nixon in the granny panties.  It was a super easy and hilarious game-fun for the whole family!  If you look closely, you’ll Britt was working on her wig.

These two were clearly winners as well.

There’s nothing like being home with family.  We’ve had such a fun time and the fun isn’t over quite yet!  We have one more day today so we’re soaking in all the last minute fun!

If you are on the hunt for something festive and priced so well, check out all these goodies from the post as well as a few other faves I found…

Thank you to Wal-Mart for sponsoring this post.

Hope you guys have a great Monday!

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  1. 11.25.19
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Awe!!! It looks like you guys are having the BEST time!!!

  2. 11.25.19
    Anonymous said:

    What a fun time!! And that game seems like a blast! So glad you had such a great visit with your family!

  3. 11.25.19
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I love everything about this! And those "ugly" sweaters are CUTE!

  4. 11.25.19
    Amy Heinl said:

    Enjoy the rest of your visit with your family. Safe travels home

  5. 11.25.19
    Carrie said:

    I love this! My sister lives 12 hours away and Inhavr been so tempted to make that trip with my girls! We have flown there but I might just find some time to go for it. Love the game idea!!

  6. 11.25.19
    Elspeth Mizner said:

    Awe looks so much fun! So nice you had such a fun time with your family!

  7. 11.25.19
    brookerichardson said:

    Awe hope you guys have the best time! Laughing is so good for the soul!

  8. 11.25.19
    David and Bethany said:

    Where is your gorgeous top in the first pictures from? So beautiful!

  9. 11.25.19
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    Yes! I miss my kids putting on plays for us!! So much fun. I konw your momma was super happy to have you home.

  10. 11.25.19
    Ellibelle said:

    Looks like you all had such a great time and wonderful memories made!
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  11. 11.25.19
    Jackie Genovese said:

    Hi there, I love your pictures and hope you enjoy the rest of your time with your family! Question, where did you get that brown floral blouse that you have on for your family party? Thanks so much, it's adorable!!

  12. 11.27.19
    Rachael said:

    In case anyone is looking, I found the merry Christmas sweater in my local Walmart!