Let's get to Thanksgiving since we have Christmas music playing in the background

Thanksgiving was amazing.
We started out at Isla's and Kinley and TyTys on monday.
avery at chick fil a
Then we went to Minnie and Jake's where Blair came over and joined us for a day of the dermatologist and chick fil a.  (Yes, that is what I do with my friends for fun.  I know-I am kind of out of control.)
Then, we headed out to my in laws lake house to see my sister and brother in law and niece and nephew.  I am the craaaaaazy aunt that gets so excited that she silently cries when she sees her niece and nephew because she is so excited.  Luckily my kids are the crazy kids that get just as excited, so I can hide behind them.
avery and halie in leaves
sassy in the leaves
avery in leaves
avery sass and austin in leaves copy
The kids spent the morning playing and fishing while the adults (besides me, I was no help) made thanksgiving dinner.
avery and halie fishing
caught a fish
There were some successes.
jeff and ben
ben and jeff caught a fish
ben kissing fish
And a few celebrations.
There was lake wading,
ben and the turtle
Snapping turtle finding,
playing with papa
ben playing
and lots of playing.
Oh, and so much eating.
thanksgiving dinner
I have yet to recover from the stretching that I put my stomach through.  It was a true training week.  Just getting ready for birthday/christmas/eateverythingbecauseyouareabouttohavetohavearesolutiononnewyears.  I am nothing if not a prepper.
After dinner there was crafting.  Even the boys got into it.
avery and halie crafting
ben and austin crafting copy
sassy crafting
crafting copy
And after that, resting.
My sis and brother in law had to leave early to get home the next morning.
So, we mourned their leaving the only way we know how-eating and crafting.  And combining the two.
cutting with sassy
me and my girls
train 3
train with ben
I know its not ergonomically correct or to scale or even looks like a real train- I know.  But it was fun.  and good.
The next day we went back to Minnie and Jakes where we found some horses.
Turns out my mom is the horse whisperer and she called the horses to her and the kids fed them out of their hands.  The things you learn about your parents...
feeding the horses
cheesing by the horses
Then my brothers and sister in law came over for some full on family fun time.
The kids tortured patrick the whole time and poured cold water on him over and over.  Dont worry, he loved it.
And, it turns out, his belly pillow is the ben whisperer, and it pulled ben in like Odysseus to the Sirens.  We called it a day.
We were overflowing with gratitude for everything about this week and could not be more blessed.  I would say it was definitely a successful Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving Crafts

Hope you guys all had a wonderful thanksgiving!
I could not have had a better one and could not feel more grateful for our life and the people we share it with.  We had the most wonderful week that was packed full of friends and family and fun.  I have so many pics of last week, but just wanted to post a few crafts we did before we left for our little thanksgiving road trip before I forget that they happened all together.  We know how great I am at remembering things...
We just did screen printed shirts this year that I never even got a picture of anyone in.  Avery sported hers most of the week and I should have grabbed on of just her, but I was holding out for a group shot.  I didnt end up getting the twins in theirs because Ben threw up the night before their thanksgiving feast and program so he and sassy missed that. It was so sad seeing him wanting to be better.  He got completely ready for school (even though he had thrown up all night he seemed so much better! I thought he could do it but, I know, I should not have even tried) and then just threw up everywhere.  Sawyer didnt want to go without him so we just relaxed and got ready for avery to come home so we could craft up the weekend.  We made the thankful trees and some pinecone turkeys after we saw lindsays-we couldnt resist.  Having the kids think about what they were thankful for and then avery writing it all out- it was fantastic.  Then, we hung some pine cone garland before we jet setted out.
Hope you guys had an amazing week, too!


Cousin Camp

6 girls and 1 baby boy.
We spent the weekend at my wonderful mother-in-law's house, called it Cousin Camp, made some shirts and had the best weekend ever!
Bob and his brothers and dad all went to the Formula 1 race in Austin for the weekend. So all the moms and kids went to Mamie's house and partied!
Dawn had crafts galore and activities planned for the whole weekend.
We made hot coco mix,
decorated a tree,
ate lots of ice cream and cookies,
matched at all times,
made some ornaments,
took lots of silly pictures,
rocked out,
and loved on sweet baby Tristan!

Saturday afternoon Dawn sent the moms to get manicures and pedicures. It was so wonderful! Gran, Aunt Lori and Mira came over while we were all out. The girls got their own pampering and we came back home to a princess fashion show! It was adorable and the girls loved it! Mira announced each girl with their princess name and they would come out and wave. Dawn had found this cute princess chair that each girl sat in after there entrance.
After their royal entrance, they all changed into a free style outfit and came out dancing.
McKenna was napping during fashion show but she got her turn in the princess chair, Build a Bear glasses and all:)
I made everyone some microphones using paper towel rolls, duck tape and foil and they were a hit.
After putting the kids to bed at 7:15 on Saturday night, we played mexican train till 1am. It was so much fun with lots of laughs:)

Sunday morning we took a walk to feed the ducks and had home church by the pond. It was so so sweet.
I made Mamie her own set of Good Girl Jars for her house and the girls loved filling them up over the weekend. After they were all filled, Dawn had them make necklaces with their jingle bells. What a fun idea!
Such a wonderful weekend with so many fun memories made! Can't wait for Cousin Camp 2013!

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