On Sunday the 22nd Jared and Becky came for a visit with their two youngest kids. Lily and Annie loved having Claire and Sofie spend the night. We love that peer pressure from her cousins finally convinced Lily to yank out her very loose tooth. Look at that huge gap! The tooth next to it is loose too. Lily might be wishing for her two front teeth this Christmas.
It was hard to stay good bye to Jared and Becky after such a short visit. Hopefully he will find a job in the Salt Lake area very soon so we can see each other more often. Puna and Papa's arrival was delayed by one day so we had a regular Tuesday at home. Tommy's sleeping has gotten off track again. He was so tired Tuesday morning that he cried in the bathroom the whole time I took my shower. Then he wore himself out from all the crying and fell asleep just outside my bathroom. Having the boys in the same room together is not working as well as we had hoped. Lily was excited to show off her tooth gap at school. She made a pine cone turkey for our Thanksgiving table.
We woke up Thanksgiving morning to an inch or two of snow. Papa was the only adult willing to get out in the below freezing temperature to play with the kids. Tommy refused to wear his snow pants. He came back inside with frozen legs. Papa harnessed himself to our sleds and pulled the kids on the street and through our yard. Our favorite moment was when Tommy fell off the back of the sled and had to chase Papa down the street. Poor Tommy trying to run in all his snow gear was quite a sight.
Before going out in the snow, the kids had some snuggle time together. Joey can wear the same Thanksgiving jammies at age 3 1/2 months that Tommy wore at almost 8 months.
I was worried about Tommy's clothes not fitting Joey during the right seasons. I guess we won't have that problem. Our little linebacker is our biggest baby yet! And with his round the clock schedule of eating every two to three hours, he's just going to keep getting bigger.
Here he is modeling the super cute Thanksgiving bib Auntie Sue Thulin sent him. No pumpkin pie for Joey this year though.
And here is our awesome Papa playing with the kiddos in the snow. Papa makes a great sled dog.
But when all is said and done, what really matters is time together with our family. And we are most thankful for our family.
We were all ready for some sleep after dinner.
Black Friday is not a big deal in our family. We prefer to spend time together rather than run around town chasing deals. We had a relaxing morning. Then the girls went to the grocery store in search of supplies for gingerbread houses while the boys went out shooting and gun shopping. Daddy and Papa also worked on getting our entertainment center installed in the basement.
Jeremy needs to fill the nail holes, drill holes for the electrical cords, create the top, change the hardware on the drawers, and install a trim around the top, and paint it. But the end is in sight. We are so excited to have this finished soon!
We spent Friday afternoon and evening munching on pizza and candy while we assembled our houses. It was a great night together!
Our table and floor were covered in sugar, frosting, crumbs, and other evidence of our fun. We had a lot of clean up to do afterward, but it was worth it. It was a great way to begin the Christmas season and spend time together as a family. Thank you for a memorable Thanksgiving Puna and Papa.
On Saturday morning we were sad to say our goodbyes, but we'll see each other again in a few weeks for Christmastime.