Thanksgiving weekend started out swimmingly.
We got all gussied up to go to my mom's for dinner. (Well, Grayson wore sweats and we were just happy Abby had clothes on) Even had time to try a family photo shoot. It didn't work but it was worth a shot...or twelve.
Once we got to our destination, we enjoyed family time,
(Mom & me)
(My brother, Matt & me with fewer teeth and my Leno chin)
some living room dancing,
a little post eats napping,
some just catching up,
and lastly, some evil spells cast on all by Rapunzel.
Thanksgiving Day was relaxing, fun, and easy.
The day after Thanksgiving we decided to stay clear of shopping malls. Instead, we decided to go look for a Christmas tree.
First we met some friends at a nearby orchard.
The kids romped and ran their hearts out between Christmas trees.
But weren't too busy to make new friends.
The mommies weren't too busy to play too.
After while, everyone spotted the perfect tree.
Nope, not that one...
Within minutes, the boys sawed it down like big men.
Last night was spent decorating.
Andy and I helped just a bit before we took leave with tea on the couch like the middle aged people we are quickly becoming.
This year it was a welcome relief to watch the kids do most of the work.
And as you can see, the kids were just as proud of their finished product.
Or their toosh, not sure which.
And of course, we can't have one day go by undocumented by a pale and very plaid mom.
A mom who is proud of her family that tries hard to shove a lifetime into minutes, and love into a shoe box.
(By the way, here's how our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes turned out. Kids picked everything out themselves. Abby only snuck out two presents and hid them in her room for herself. Baby steps. Giving is hard work when you're almost four.
And lastly, their letters. I hope the recipients get to write them back some day. That would be so cool.
Oh, we are also the most inefficient Samaritans as we totally missed the drop off dates. Never fear, the post office will still deliver if I can get myself there this week. Odds are bad considering I still have a boxed up Halloween ninja costume, size 10-12, needing to be returned in the trunk of my car.)
So how did you spend your Thanksgiving holiday? Did you travel far or stay home? Did you wear Barney purple like I did all weekend? How did you spend your Black Friday?
However things went, I sincerely hope it was a wonderful weekend for you all.
I am grateful to have you stop in here. Thanks for reading and may you all have cozy socks on because holy winter, it's getting cold outside.