Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GRATEFUL at Thanksgiving, but Only One Pic!

Despite the four us of having the "cold that would never end" we had lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! One of those things was that we were contagious the weekend before and only managed to KK sick (which we felt terrible about) BUT we were still able to travel and see all of our family without spreading the plague... we prayed so hard that we wouldn't! 

We were fortunate enough to get to travel to Abilene to be with SO many 20+ of our family members this Thanksgiving! My Gram opened up her home to the sickies and as always made us feel like we weren't the tornado that we actually are and put up with our mess, sneezes, snots and of course our sweet, adorable faces! :) 

We missed Aunt Emily and Uncle Josh this year, but we were thankful they were enjoying their time in the Piney Woods! We had a great Thanksgiving meal in which everyone did their part. My cousin Michelle who is working mom extraordinaire opened up her home to all of us and let us come and celebrate all that we had to be thankful for with a feast fit for a king... 

After Thanksgiving lunch we kept our long-standing family tradish of going to the movie up! We saw Perfect Pitch and I was pleasantly surprised! I had never heard of it but came out singing and ready to throw my own dance party! If you loved the show "The Sign-Off" you'd love this movie! 

The highlight of our trip to Abilene for me is seeing the littlest in our crew interact and play together. Caden and his cousin Cy had a BLAST playing tackle football for at least 5 hours on Thanksgiving day. Caden had bruises all over his back and shoulders and had the BEST TIME EVER! A memory he will not soon forget! So despite the fact that again it wasn't our best parenting decision seeing as he was battling a cold and a double ear infection at the time, we are so thankful for the relationship that he and Cy have and we are excited to watch it continue to grow! Cousins are your first friends!  My heart is full!

And the next little ones... Ryan and his Lady K's were fun to watch too! Kaki and Kendall were very into their dolls and strollers and such and Ryan just took it all in... poor guy is in for the long haul with those two girls bossin' him around! :) Of course it won't be long before he'll be joining in on the tackle football fun too!

We were so sad not to be able to see my Aunt Kay and Uncle Roger (are you happy I FINALLY blogged) but we didn't blame them for not wanting the snots and coughs crew to entire their peace! Better safe than sorry! :) 

Thanksgiving in Abilene is one of my favorite things each year! I look forward to it always! Abilene is one of my favorite places on earth simply because of the precious memories it holds within its' city limits! 

Thank you so much Gram for hosting us for a few days! Your grits were almost as fabulous as your company! And to the rest of you... we are blessed and I am thankful for each of you!

Next up...


Wacko, Waco...

We blew into Waco on Friday morning ready for a fun Thanksgiving celebration with the Cox crew. The Agnews rolled in just before we did, as well as, Gran and Poppa... they were all primed and ready for Kaki and Caden to break loose!

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner, coordinating and cooked fabulously by Nana! We had warm Apple Cider that was the prefect remedy for our sore throats and enjoyed our time with our family.

The next day was dedicated to all things Baylor and the football game... we took Christmas pictures for Nana and Bop's cards (hitting a mailbox near some of you) and we had our very own in-home pep-rally complete with our own rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, Baylor Fight Song and the like... it was special...

During the game, Caden and I retreated to the back yard to soak up some vitamin D and play some football of our own. The mood inside was a bit tense since the Baylor were off to a slow start, so it was just as well that we were outside and Kaki was napping! :) 

We had to leave early the next morning to make it back to church for some prior commitments, but we enjoyed our time with the Coxes as much as we always do. It was fun having Graham to add to the mix this year and hard to remember what life was like before he came... we love him so and are excited to watch him grow and explore each time we see him! It all happens too fast and we feel blessed to see him as often as we do, although of course never often enough! His parents are doing a great job and have even passed some hints down to our Kaki who is already prepping for motherhood... she is an expert SHUSHer thanks to Aunt Ree Ree and Uncle Tag's example! :)

I wish I had more pictures to show for our Thanksgiving, but our memories are bright and colorful, full of love and gratefulness! 

We have so many things to be grateful for and our families make the top of the list!

Happy Thanksgiving...

Here is a pic from our little Indian or alien as Caden thought it was called at his school Thanksgiving feast... hehe! :)

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