We spent the weekend visiting MB's family and it was pretty wonderful. We don't see them as often as we probably should, but it's hard when we're the ones who do the traveling. Our last visit was in July, and Nico was still pretty shy around everyone. This time, it was so much better. He walked right in and started calling MB's parents mamaw and papaw. (What? He's half Southern.) Nico has traditionally had a good time playing with his mamaw but has been shy around his papaw. This time, no worries. Papaw brought out the remote-controlled trucks and it was all over after that.
We spent Friday night and Sunday at MB's parents' house and most of Saturday at his grandparents. BoMB and Nie made the trip from Memphis and it was great to see them. I've been missing them badly these last few weeks. We ate too much, we played games, we chatted, we ate more. All in all, a pretty ideal Thanksgiving.
It was funny, but somehow seeing Nico with my inlaws really made me notice how big he's getting. I guess it was just that I hadn't seen him in those houses or around those people since he was much smaller, and it was like putting him in front of one of those police line-up walls with the height marks on it or something. Last time you were only 1/3 the size of that countertop! Holy shit, now you're half as tall as your grandmother!
I've often said that I feel like I won the inlaw lottery, and it's still true. They may not be perfect, but they're pretty great, and Nico is so very lucky to be surrounded by so many people who love him.