Thanksgiving weekend started at my moms. Here is Joe playing the piano and he was killing me cause he kept closing his eyes. I guess he was really feeling it.
My mom out did herself again. She claims it comes from majoring in Home Economics but she prepared and made EVERYTHING BY HERSELF. And we start on time.
Here is everything she had there for us...
Pepper jelly with cream cheese and crackers, Turkey and ham, veggie tray, and deviled eggs.
Stuffing, turkey gravey, mashed potatoes, and mashed sweet potatoes and apricot glaze.
Cranberry sauce, homemade rolls, corn and green beans, and roasted asparagus (I did that, but that is all I did).
And then the pies! Pecan, butterscotch pudding, cherry cheesecake, pumpkin, and chocolate pudding.
I even got to take a nap and my hair ended up looking like this. It was fun to see family and get to eat and relax. We also got to skype with Mark, Ashley, and Sam.
Friday is the day we have Thanksgiving with Russ family. I was able to go for part of it, but then had to leave early to go to the Temple to do baptisms for the dead with the Young Women and it was so nice. I didn't take any pictures that day, but it was a really good day just the same:) William and Gracie got to spend the night at Connie's house and Gracie had fun playing with her Jane Austen doll.
The next morning I headed to the park with my Huston family (Russ had to work). We went to McCormick Park and the kids had a really fun time.
We had a good time eating and visiting.
And riding the train. How cute is this little caboose.
He is just like Gracie, loves to throw sand on his head.
The kids love the stage coach.
And the carousel was fun except Gracie started crying as soon as it started going because there wasn't a strap and she felt like she was going to fall.
Waiting to ride the train.
Waving to grandma
Joseph knows how to use a wand. Point and cast.
He was so tired by the time we went home and I tried to move his head to the side, but he would just move it right back. After we got back I headed over to a friends house to help get ready for her baby wedding. They were able to be sealed in the temple to their adopted daughter and she had been waiting for a long time to do that. I was so happy for them.
This is a little hot air balloon wire sculpture that I made for her. I was inspired by her daughters dress. I am going to have to steal pictures from someone else though cause I took NO pictures of the party. Luckily Miss Mimi did a video of the whole thing and I can't wait to see it!
The only picture I took was of me pumping gas on my way home.
Then on Sunday my cousin Jacie and her family came over and it was so nice to see them and talk with them. The weekend was full of seeing people I love and nothing makes me more grateful than that.
The thanksgiving decorations are down and hopefully Christmas ones will be up soon! I am excited for Christmas but this year I am feeling a little bugged by the materialism of the whole thing. Maybe it is because my kids are getting older and it turns into "I want, I want, I want" kind of thing. I have no problem saying "no", but the whole Santa aspect makes it kind of tricky. I have already made the rule that Santa only brings one thing, but still...