|Katy started off Thanksgiving break with a big haircut - she decided she was tired of brushing out her long hair and wanted it short. I think it looks great and it's so much easier.|
|First Thanksgiving at Dad and Sue's. In addition to our family, we welcomed several of their friends whose families are not in town.|
|I'm realizing that the beginning of this post is quite Katy-centric, but I still want to share this picture of my dad and his friend Fred playing board games. Love it.|
|Anna did SO well - she napped during the big meal but visited with everyone before and after. She's a mama's girl, and it's a compliment if she's smiling in your arms.|
|Remember how I just mentioned limiting screen time? Well, part of grandparent spoiling includes allowing them to play games on their iPad. They think this is a real treat.|
|Aunt Mel does a little Black Friday strategizing. She ended up deciding there wasn't anything she needed that badly and left the deal-hunting to me. To each his own!|
|So happy to see my grandma.|
|Every time we take one of these family photos with the timer I end up laughing so hard I have tears running down my face.|
After I shopped on Friday morning, we went to my mom's in the afternoon - have I mentioned that it is ONE MILE AWAY? I brought my casserole and my dessert and put the kids in the car without their coats. Game. Changing.
|My cousin Abby meets Anna! She's a pro with babies.|
|Mom and Greg hosting their first Thanksgiving since 1999. It was delicious and cozy.|
|Abby's boys and my kids needed to burn off some energy, so out in the snow they went. We actually got about 3-4 inches two days before Thanksgiving, and my kids had even built a snowman and went sledding in the yard in their snowsuits - in November!|
|Greg's daughter Mary and Craig and Aunt Mel teaching the kids how to Etch a Sketch.|
|Luke and our fifth child at the moment|
All of the sudden, he is carrying Simba everywhere, talking to him like he's another child, insisting that he has a seat at the dinner table, that he needs his own plate, that he misses Blankie, that he needs a hug/kiss/drink, etc. He "talks" for Simba in this high pitched voice. The best part is that if, for example, you want Luke to go to bed and he is resisting, you can pick up Simba and say in a high pitched voice, "Come on, Luke, I am tired and want to go to bed!" and off he goes. Simba is magic, I tell you.
Finally, we decorated for Christmas and each of the kids selected their ornament. I was going to skip the Hallmark Keepsake part of the tradition because it's so expensive, but when I took them to Kohl's, they still picked the Hallmark ones, and with the Kohl's discount they were much more reasonable.
|Fancy Nancy for Katy. This series of books is fabulous, and she just started writing chapter books, which is perfect timing.|
|David has been really into Star Wars AND Legos lately, and he loves Yoda. This was perfect for him.|
|I just realized that each of my babies has a photo ornament for their first Christmas.|
|I debated ordering Simba online for Luke, but it wouldn't have had the correct year. He picked Rex the dinosaur from Toy Story, which is also appropriate - he loves Toy Story (you may recall he got Buzz Lightyear in 2012).|