December 23, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I wanted to get Thanksgiving posted before Christmas got here and it got lost in the shuffle completely. I've already shared about our Gender Reveal Party, which we had Thanksgiving Day right before we ate at my parent's house. Manny was a little solemn & pouty after the whole reveal...I think it might have overwhelmed him. :) I love his sweet face here!

We had fun hanging out, and of course Manny got Hayden and Jenny to read him his favorite book. I love that Manny & Zeke are starting to interact more...I know they are going to have so much fun together in the years to come! We also had a joint birthday party for my brother Caleb, sister-in-law Tonya, brother-in-law Matt, niece Ellie, and me! All of our birthdays are in November & December, so we took advantage of having the family together to celebrate our birthdays too. Here we all are blowing out the candles on the cake. :)
Then we went up to the "farm" to check out the animals. One of the horses just had a baby so the kids all wanted to see it. They were having way too much fun and we couldn't stop laughing at who knows what. I tried to take a picture of Gabi making it look like she was jumping over the horse, but I guess it might look more like she's about to kick it. Ha!
I wasn't good about getting pictures the rest of the day, but we had a great time, and from there went to Patrick's aunt's house to celebrate with his family. And actually now that I think of it, I wasn't good about getting pictures this whole week! I have my mom and sister Jenny to thank for taking these - so thanks you two. :) I've really got to get better about getting my camera out. But I digress...back to our weekend!

On Saturday, we set out for "Grandkids Day Out". This is a tradition my parents have started of taking all the grandkids on some kind of outing, and a lot of us "older kids" end up tagging along too. It's always SO fun, and my parents always find something fun & unique to do with the grandkids. This time, my dad took it to a whole new level! He's always buying things at auctions & selling them, and he bought an airport shuttle so all the kids could ride together on the outing! Of course being the Trader Joe he is, he sold it right after the big outing. It definitely served it's purpose for a fun-filled adventure though!
Here is the majority of the crew ready for take-off. My sister Becky, me, and the younger babies rode in our car for a more comfortable ride. :)
We went in to Tulsa to check out the Christmas lights. They were gorgeous and we had lots of fun, even if it was a little chilly. Nothing a little hot chocolate won't take care of!
After the lights, we headed to Ted's for some awesome Mexican food. With such a large group, we had a bit of a wait and Manny kept trying to run into the bar. Awesome. Luckily Laci was really good about chasing him down and keeping him under wraps. We also let Manny have some queso, and he was quite the fan. 
Mom & Dad, we can't thank you enough for a wonderful weekend filled with fun memories! Thank you for being such such amazing parents AND grandparents to our family. We love you bunches!! xo


  1. It looks like y'all had so much fun! Those Christmas lights are amazing!! I hope y'all have a very Merry Christmas!!

  2. My family and I just went to see those Christmas lights this last weekend! Looks like you had much less of a crowd to deal with than we did. We walked through the tunnel in what felt like a herd of very slowly moving cattle. But they were so pretty and my 16 month old daughter loved them!

  3. Those lights are unbelievable!! What a fun night :) Merry Christmas to your and your growing family xoxo


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