Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Turkey Day

We spent this Thanksgiving in Missoula, MT. I actually have 2 sisters that live down the street from each other there and most of my family was making the trip too. My sister, Holly was also turning 40, so there were plenty of reasons to make the 14 hour drive to Montana!! I had everyone of my siblings except for 2 of my brothers all together. We couldn't have had a more fabulous time! The best part was to see all the little cousins play so well together. I think we had 16 kids total and there was little if no fighting. It's so good to get those cousins together, especially because they don't get to see each other too often. And of course you can't beat just being together with family! We'll never forget our Thanksgiving this year, thanks to all who hosted--we had a wonderful time!

My sister Carrie with her sweet baby, Emmett.
She made the most delicious jello, so I had her show it off.
Isn't it so beautiful!
ready to dig in...
Layne, Avery, Maddie, and Charly

We have a tradition when we've been together in the past to play bingo. It makes a great activity, especially for the kids. Even better when there are tons of prizes to choose from.

This pie was beautiful. My sister Melinda spent hours on this crust..cutting each leaf out individually and placing it in the most perfect spot to turn into perfection!! Great job Melinda!!

15 out of the 16 cousins(minus Braxton)

Mike and Glen were getting a little too close for comfort that they finally bursted out in laughter!

Me with 3 of my sisters....
Carrie, Sarah, and Holly

Ready or Not?

Oh how glad I was when we got back from Thanksgiving vacation, that our house was already READY for Christmas!! We decided a couple years ago to start as early as 1 week after Halloween to start getting Christmas decorations up. I know, I know-you just might say-"it's not even Thanksgiving yet", but boy is it nice to enjoy the spirit of Christmas a little longer and not to have to worry about it right after Thanksgiving. Now I have just a little more time to get our Christmas cards out--oh the joys of Christmas!! Looking forward to seeing all of yours!!Merry Christmas everyone!!