This year we had quite the group with us at Wild Dunes. We drove up on Sunday before Thanksgiving and got to our rental house with enough time left to do a little biking and some family time. We enjoyed the new Pixar movie Elementals, it was very cute and creative.
Monday morning we all played tennis in the Peak Performance clinic and we were on a court with a couple of strong players that made it interesting. I remember about halfway through that I was so thrilled with how well we all were playing and I am so proud of our family for how well we've all picked up tennis. It was the first time Paige did the adult clinics at Wild Dunes and she played extremely well. We went to Costco to pick up some pies (2 Apple and 1 Pumpkin) and some other goodies for the week. Grandma and Grandpa arrived in the afternoon and we checked out their rental house and biked with them a little before it got dark. We watched the Chiefs lose a close Monday Night Football game against the Eagles while Grandma and Grandpa picked up the Chicago Vernons from the airport.
Wednesday was a rainy day, so our tennis was canceled in the morning. We ate at McAlister's Deli for lunch together and then were cooped up indoors. It was rainy pretty much the entire day, but we eventually were able to go for a bike ride and to play some pickleball. Unfortunately, the pickleball at the resort has changed and not only do you have to make reservations and have to pay for it, you also have to book reservations through the resort to be eligible to play. We played for a little while after the rain stopped, but eventually people came out and we were kicked off the courts.
The turkey meal was similar to last year's, and it was delicious. They served turkey with stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. There were quite a few options and I was surprised that many people in our group didn't order the turkey. Connor, Ryan, and Grandpa ordered the lamb. Grandma Alice ordered a tempura dish with veggies and shrimp. Charlie ordered pancakes.
After lunch we went back to the house and then drove out to a nearby park where there were a couple of public pickleball courts. Charlie and Griffin enjoyed the playground nearby and everyone else took turns with pickleball. It got dark and there weren't lights directly on the pickleball courts, but there was enough light from the basketball that we were able to play a little longer on one of the courts.
Saturday afternoon we went to McAlister's for lunch and the Gobles departed from there to head home. We went back to the house and packed up the rest of our stuff before saying farewell to everyone else. Alex, Laura, Charlie, Grandpa and Grandma stayed until Sunday and we had our reservation through Sunday, but we thought it would be nice to get home Saturday. The traffic was a little rough on Saturday, but we were worried it would be worse on Sunday.
Thankfully, we all made it home safely. We're happy that everyone came and we were able to spend the holiday together with family. Happy Thanksgiving!