In the center (seated) is my darling, white-haired Great Grandma Carpenter, flanked by Grandpa and Grandma Udall. Seated on chairs are my mom and siblings, with spouses seated on the floor and children all over the place. This was the biggest group ever and my first Thanksgiving as a mom. This is significant because past Thanksgivings were full of late night card games, falling asleep on a foam pad on Grandma's floor, early morning runs, and lots of together time with cousins. This year, I had a baby who goes to sleep at 7 pm and also needed a quiet place to nap twice a day. There were also SO many of us that people had to get hotel rooms instead of cramming into one convenient location. It was still a good time but I wasn't prepared for the "changes". Growing up is hard. Change is inevitable. My precious Thanksgiving is forever altered.