Here's hoping all of you that celebrate, had a Blessed Thanksgiving. We had a houseful for 5 days over Thanksgiving and I wouldn't want to have it any other way. They both have to make road trips...one from the east and one from the west. It's 6 hours for one and 8 for the other...but factor in a little one and it takes a little longer. I am so grateful that they all enjoy coming home to visit although I know it's quite an ordeal...making arrangements for critters to be tended to at home and feeling like you're packing everything but the kitchen sink when you have a baby. Time for Gram to step things up and keep some of those things here so they don't have to pack everything.
I was making the pumpkin pie when they showed up and our girl jumped right in and whipped up the apple pie. I'd been in the kitchen for most of the day. I'd made Taco Soup and left it in the crockpot for anyone who was hungry. I'd made the cranberry sauce, the vegetable casserole, boiled the eggs for deviled eggs, baked a pound cake, and made the spinach dip. I wanted to get the rolls made, but had cleaned house earlier and just ran out of time. All I know is that once this little one showed up with her Mama and Daddy, I didn't want to spend any more time in the kitchen than I had to:
I have passed the turkey torch and Kenny is now the official smoker of the turkey:
I started making the rolls first thing. Then there was only the dressing and potatoes and corn on the cob left to tackle. Many hands make light work and it just makes my heart so happy to see everyone working and laughing together. Grateful seems like such a small word to describe this big love I have for this tribe.
Uncle Kenny is a natural
Kenny brought one of his duck dogs:
They are a fun couple:
And all of us were smitten with this little peanut:
Raising a reader begins early around here:
There's a big world full of adventure outside that window
First family picture:
Steph is such a good Mama
And it's such a precious thing for a Mama to watch her first born with his first born - this is my favorite picture:
Helping Daddy get the gate
E had her first ride in the Ranger:
Here's everyone making their way back to the ranger with photo props for family pictures:
I love that our girl captured her brother in this carefree moment:
DH was sick so we didn't get any pictures of him with E, but they are all coming back for Christmas so we'll make up for it then!
I am pooped, but my heart is full!