Monday, November 28, 2011

first thanksgiving away from home

and i survived! i sure missed my family but am pretty good at being content where i am. PLUS justin's brother, wife and four kids came from chicago to be with us! it was a very good relaxing day. oh how i have so much to be thankful for. oh so blessed.

the night before we crafted some flowers. rachel is so good at making things!! love when she calls me "ant" joslyn! so cute!
anna was so cute and loved showing off her cute toys!
justin was constantly playing with the kiddos. scavenger hunts, tickle fights and rachel's favorite where he wraps them up in blankets and they have to guess the room they end up in.
oh how they loved piggy back rides!!
thanksgiving morning started out watching cartoons in pj's :)
they relaxed and went to the park..
while em and i cooked the yummy thanksgiving dinner. i have to say stuffing the turkey's bum kinda grossed me out!
 j carved the turkey. was a proud wifey:)
love lit candles, so that's what we did.
our cranberry/orange centerpiece! i had to be creative to make a table for 8. craft table + tablecloth + every chair in the house including lawn chairs= creative table for 8.
it was a beautiful sunny day and the zoo was free, so the zoo it was!
loved the giraffes!

grizzly bears!! we got to see them eat their thanksgiving feast!
camels and cute anna.
tigers and my cute rach!
love this. he will be such a good daddy someday.
rachel loved looking at the animals with him
love the waterfall, the polar bear in the back and my man. :) 

he's a kid at heart and jumped over all of the posts also :)
cutest monkeys!
cutest animal of the whole zoo.. 
they might have liked the fake animals you can climb on better..
we wore the boys out!
we had such a fun time with the ryan pattee clan. love that we are only a couple hours away! emily and i experienced midnight madness and got some great deals! :) we also loved talking and finding out how alike our husbands are!! oh how i love that we have a holiday that causes us to reflect and be thankful for what we have. so grateful for a loving heavenly father that blesses each one of our lives. love this time of year!!


Jill Heaps said...

What a great Thanksgiving! You are so amazing at LOVING where you are at! Thank you for sharing your attitude. It is catching! I love you!!!

marilyn said...

I Love that you share with us, it is so much fun to be a part of your life! We love you so much, I'm especially thankful that you are so happy! Love you