Sunday, November 29, 2009


We enjoyed a nice break last week at my parent's home. It was the big on year for my dad's side of the family, so for Thanksgiving Day we celebrated with about 80 of my relatives. My 97 year old grandparent's are still hanging in there, they are so amazing! It was nice to catch up with some of my cousins and enjoy some yummy food!

My girls loved spending time with their cousins, they hadn't seen them in about 1 1/2 years (thanks to me being pregnant!) All of my neices and nephews (10 cousins all together with my kids) enjoyed several days together. We did our cousin Christmas gift exchange and my kids were very happy with their new toys. Kessiah got a bop it, Jenessa acquired some new Littlest Pet Shop toys, Sienna updated our Candyland and Chutes & Ladders games and Logan loves his new set of tools that look just like Daddy's! We left Mason out of the mix this year, I didn't think he would mind too much.

We got to celebrate my Dad's birthday as well as having a early birthday party for Kessiah. Kessiah was quite surprised when Ryan wheeled out a bicycle for her present (ya gotta love Black Friday sales!) We got it home safely tied to the top of the van!

The trip was better than I expected. On the way there the boys did quite well, we had to stop and feed Mason about every 2 hours...but it went pretty smooth. On the way back it wasn't quite so pleasant. I think Mason cried/whined for about the last half of the trip. At a few points along the way both boys were "singing" together. At least Ryan and I were able to keep a good attitude through it. My girls would have liked to have seen some snow during our week at Nana and Papa's house, but that didn't happen until we were on our way home when we saw some snow in Flagstaff. Jenessa was ready to lay down in the Wendy's parking lot where we had stopped for dinner and make a snow angel, she wasn't very happy that we made her get in the van!


Joan said...

I wondered if you went to Richfield. Annette mentioned going on her facebook page. It made me remember all those good family get togethers I drove you to!

Cynthia said...

You certainlly had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We miss you guys but we are so glad that you are closer to your family. Makes visits not so far apart! On the downside, we don't get to visit often enough. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
Oh, and your house just went back on the market today. It is vacant!

Janel Ogden said...

I loved seeing you and your family again! Thanks for making the trip! I am sure Jenessa wasn't happy about not being allowed to play in the snow, but she would have been so cold if she had!

My girls have already painted and decorated with their gifts from the cousin exchange. They loved it!