Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Kids are back at school and thoughts are turning to Christmas. It was a very nice holiday spending most of our time with family and family and more family.  Just like it should be!
The official Thanksgiving was at my mom's house.
The kids' table:
The adults' table:
Tess sharing a sweet Thanksgiving message:
"J" sharing what he is thankful for:
After the dishes were cleared and washed, the kids helped my mom put away the special serving utensils.  Isaac spent a few minutes admiring and organizing my grandmother's spoon collection.
This is only a portion of her collection.  I remember when I was a child how much I loved looking at my grandmother's spoon collection!
And just like that...the meal is over!
We moved on to celebrating "A's" birthday.

I tried my hand at the waterfall braid - something I learned how to do on my latest on-line addiction, Pinterest.
We then played a round of bingo.  I should have received a prize for the most pieces in a row without getting a "bingo."

As is our tradition, in the afternoon we went and saw a movie - Hugo.  I really liked it even though it was kind of long and slow.  After the movie we headed back to Grandma's for hot chocolate, crepes, sausage and fruit.  Yum.
But our Thanksgiving wasn't over yet!
Friday evening we enjoyed a dinner out with Grandma Jan and Don and Great Grandma Eldine.
Saturday the kids went to Grandpa Dave and Connie's for the annual gingerbread house decorating activity and then we all joined for Thanksgiving leftovers.  

This is how our "Thankful Tree" turned out:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

For Those in Need

Our neighborhood (Stake) is collecting hats for a local homeless shelter and I wanted to find a way to involve my kids in making a contribution.  So we invited some friends over for Family Home Evening to make some fleece hats.  I found some fleece for sale on for $1/yd!  My friend (who is the sewing expert) came up with the patterns.  It was a great project because almost every person had a job to do.
Here are the cutters:
Here are the sewers:
These girls' job was to cut threads from the finished hats.  The red hat is the adult design and the blue hat is the child design.

Here are the little girls who didn't have jobs - entertaining themselves.
Other people helped cut fringes:
Isaac's creative juices were flowing and he decided to fancy up a few of the hats with a flower.

Our pile of finished hats:  43 children's hats and 27 adult hats.  That is 70 hats!!
We had so much fun we decided it should be a yearly tradition!

Can't wait until next year!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cousin's Lunch

Saturday I hosted my lovely cousins here for lunch.  We enjoyed the afternoon chatting and catching up with each other.  I loved every minute of it!

Thanks everyone for the yummy food and great conversation!  Oh - and for the cleaning tips!  Can't wait for next time.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Thankful Tree

Last Saturday Addie and I made a "Thankful Tree."  It will help our family remember what things we are thankful for as we approach this holiday season.  This is a picture of our tree after the first day.  

It has been so fun to see the leaves that appear each day.

This is what our tree looked like after a few days...
Now the leaves are really starting to flutter!
We keep a bowl of leaves close by with a sharpie and some tape - even friends and family who stop by are invited to add their leaves to the tree.
I can't wait to see what it looks like on Thanksgiving Day!
Tree trunk and branches made from brown tissue paper.  Leaves are printed off of google images and the kids cut them out.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Flag Football

Another missed post...this time from October

Isaac played flag football this past Fall and had such a great time!  A friend of ours took these great pictures.

Rain Shadows

Catching up on a few missed posts...this picture was taken back in July.

My neighbor was driving by our house at the start of a summer rain storm and curiously took a picture of my my kids doing this...

He called me later to find out what on earth they could possible be doing? Making rain shadows of course!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Baptism Day

Last Saturday Cate was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was a very special day for her.  I had forgotten how much I love to watch my children get baptized - and what a sweet experience it is for our entire family!  After the baptismal service we had a lunch at our home for family and friends.     I am grateful to my sister-in-law Carlee for bringing her camera and taking many wonderful pictures.

Our sweet Cate
Our many loved ones.

Lots of hustling and bustling in the kitchen getting the lunch ready.

Addie had to head off to a performance for the Governor!  She is a member of the Junior Performing Company at On Broadway Academy and it was the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new building.  Exciting for her!

I was lucky enough to hold Liz's baby.  Oh she is so sweet!

I-man with his football.  Of course.

Where is Sarah in the midst of all of this?  Tormenting the cats as usual.  And this time she has some followers.  
Cate opening her presents.
She got her very own set of scriptures from Grandpa Dave and Connie.
With a very sweet note to Cate on the inside cover.

She received a book from Grandma and Papa.  This book was given to Papa and his twin sister when they turned eight years old in 1942.  It was given to them by George Albert Smith who was the Prophet and President of the LDS church at that time.  There is even an inscription inside the cover...

Cate received many sweet gifts including this picture of her Primary class in front of the temple.
Where is Sarah?  Oh they have the other cat.
Her friend gave her a necklace that says "CTR"

This is a very fuzzy picture of Cate with her two Great-grandparents:  Grandma Jan's mother Eldine and Grandpa Dave's father Eugene.
It was a lovely day!