Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving/ Merry Christmas!

We were really excited to start our Christmas celebration Thanksgiving weekend for the 3rd year in a row. It's been really nice to make our Christmas last longer! Grandma, Pops Leon, and Uncle Brian came up for Thanksgiving and we celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday and Christmas on Friday. We'd been reading Thanksgiving books for a week or so. The kids really know the Pilgrim story well now and we're starting to remember the history of Thanksgiving more. But the big thing we wanted to sink in was being thankful. We definitely have lots to be thankful for- including yummy food! Grandma brought her sweet potato casserole, apple pie, pecan pie. We made LOTS of greens. James Big Easy'd a turkey and smoke a turkey breast- so good. The boys each made a dairy free pie- James said K's pie crust looked better than mine. KG made cranberry sauce.

We're so proud of Brian's weight loss- he's lost a lot over the last few months. I'm so glad that he's making such great changes. You can tell he feels so much better and he did so much more with us! We went on several walks- including a walk to this park a mile away from our house. 
Brian even see-sawed with KG.

 Brian has given each of the kids a Build a Bear for their first year. Baby C got hers Thanksgiving weekend. Such a special gift for each of the kids! Quite a collection here! Baby C's even had a west point cheerleader outfit!

 We all enjoyed giving and receiving gifts.
 Grandma gave the kids such cute clothes!
We really enjoyed our visit! James and I thought we'd go to Lowe's to get a Christmas tree but the kids were so sad to not go to a Christmas tree farm that Saturday morning we went back to Davidson Christmas tree farm. And we were both glad we did. I love traditions and it was really nice. Beautiful day out. Baby C's first time at the tree farm. Nice Christmas music in the car. That night we watched "Why do they call it Christmas?" did some eggnog drinking and decorated the tree. Nice day!

 James even got a little workout in :)