Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I usually decorate the house before we leave town for Thanksgiving, however, this year with our "Friendsgiving" and school parties, I could not find the time. After we returned on Sunday, I was on a mission to make the house look like Christmas. The boys helped with their trees and were both so proud. Rylan's tree may seem like it grew from last year, well it did. After several instances of tree falling last year, I knew it was time for a new tree. Here are just a couple of Rylan's favorite ornaments... Surprising?! Not at all, it fits his personality of loving to watch bull riding, animals, tractors and boots. Oh yes, and his candy cane lights.
Here is Holden's tree and a couple of his favorite ornaments. Nutcrackers, a cowboy, and a guitar.
Finally, our family tree. I love how the boys admire all the ornaments. Let's just hope that they stay on this tree and not the little ones in their rooms.
Just a little more decorating to do and we still need to get our "real" tree from the farm but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

After the boys feast on Tuesday, we headed down South for Thanksgiving. The weather on Tuesday was horrible but we made it to Georgia after a long 11 hours! However, the next day the weather was beautiful! The boys were excited and ready to go adventuring. I jokingly say this, but when go to visit the grandparents we are alot like the Airtran commercial. You know the one where the grandparents arrive to visit and the parents are running out the door yelling see you on Sunday! HA! No really, Kevin and I had to go pick up our race numbers on Wednesday downtown so we left the boys in great hands. We knew we were back in Atlanta because of the traffic! We all miss Atlanta but trust me I do not miss the traffic at all! I somehow talked Kevin into running the Turkey Trot with me over the summer and I was not letting him out of this one. After we picked up our race bag we head back for some family time. Playing Lego's, tennis and long walks. Rylan fell in love or rather became obsessed with Kayla. It is a good thing we do not have a dog, the poor thing would not stand a chance.

Bright and early Thanksgiving Day Kevin, myself and 13,000 other people met at Turner Field for the 2011 Turkey Trot. I personally love the excitement of running and being in a large group, Kevin on the other hand was dreading this race for weeks. I told him as long as he finishes that is all that matters. We initially planned to run together but after the first mile and 1/2, Kevin looked at me and told me to just go on. We both finished and placed pretty well. Kevin 71 in his division and I finished 13th in my age group. If only I would have pushed myself a little harder to place 10th ...until next year!
We celebrated Thanksgiving dinner with lots and lots of yummy food. And we gave thanks for one another and reminisced on years past.

After dinner Dad-Daddy had a surprise for the boys. Christmas lights! He let them be his engineer and light up the house. Now you know who "our Clark Griswold" gets his skills from, the original Griswold himself!
Black Friday, Kevin and were out shopping like the rest of the people and when we came home the boys received a letter from Santa. Guess who he sent....our elf Christian!

We ended our time with the family with movie night and pizza, go figure! It was a busy yet fun visit to Georgia for Thanksgiving and as usual, it always goes by so fast! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving Prayer

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day

We bow our hearts to You and pray.

We give You thanks for all You've done

Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.

For beauty in nature,

Your glory we see

For joy and health, friends and family,

For daily provision,

Your mercy and care

These are the blessings

You graciously share.

So today we offer this response of praise

With a promise to follow You all of our days.

-Author Unknown

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with happiness, health, love, and laughter from our family (including these two little crazy Indians) to yours.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast

Holden and Rylan both had their Thanksgiving Feast and parties this week. Holden's party was just for students. However, they were asked to come dressed as a Pilgrim or an Indian. Right when Holden heard they could wear a costume, he was already planning his attire and accessories! He always has to be in full attire for anything. He decided on an Indian. Rylan's party was a feast for parents to attend and no costume was required but he wanted to pose for pictures anyways.

Rylan's class sang lots of songs and ended with a kiss. So sweet! Then his class transformed into little pilgrims, as you can see Rylan is a ham. After their pilgrim performance it was time for a feast. Rylan seemed to gravitate more towards the sweets, go figure. I made turkey cookies and pilgrims hats. They did not turn out as cute as I wanted but I needed to finish packing for our holiday travels.

One feast and one party with my Pilgrim and Indian, what a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving week.