Thanksgiving really was great this year - the whole weekend was a blast. I am still smiling thinking about it...my mom and I might be the only ones still laughing about the "excuse me but you have a piece of sandwich on your car" comment, but I think we all walked away with loads of good memories.
We started the morning off with a big breakfast at my parents' hotel and then headed back to our house to cook the bird. I messed up and bought a frozen turkey (I honestly thought it was a fresh bird until I got home and noticed the frost on the outside of the packaging...what they?). We spent a great deal of time trying to defrost Mr. Turkey enough so we could get his neck out of the inside of his body (why do they do that?) and spent even more time giggling about it. Bryce was so excited to help out and extract the birds' insides...it was a little weird...I would rather vomit than stick my hand in the bird and remove the bag of gizzards, but whatever. To each his own. (Side note - I can't believe how OLD my BABY brother is getting! We celebrated (two weeks early) his 16th birthday!!)
The Willhites came a little later in the day after Mazie's nap. We sent the boys and little girls outside to play...of course Sawyer's Escalade was the big hit. Sawyer gave her sister and cousin rides and both Mazie and Harper had grins from ear to ear. Mazie was a little upset when her turn in the car was over so then we had the brilliant idea to let all 3 girls go in the car at once. That didn't last long, it made me way to nervous. Whenever Harper plays outside she likes to have her helmet on. You know what they say, safety first!
Everyone was so helpful with getting dinner ready and it is so fun being in our kitchen all together. Gabe made that face on purpose...I think he was possibly mocking my constant picture taking.
My mom made the little ones cute turkey bibs.
After we all stuffed ourselves silly we sat down for a viewing of Home Alone...my dad is hilarious and you can ALWAYS count on him to laugh hysterically during a movie, even after he has seen it 100+ times. I snuck a little video of him...it is good for the old memory bank. When all the laughter was over and the kitchen was cleaned up we all got a little sleepy and some of us zonked out on the couch.
It was a great holiday, I wouldn't trade it for anything. We really do have so much to be thankful for.
We started Thanksgiving off with breakfast at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point. We had a really yummy breakfast (thanks Bubba!) and then attempted some family photos with a tripod. Tripods are always hard if you ask me, and even harder when you have a 3 year old that doesn't want to cooperate. We gave it a couple of tries and then called it a day. We did take the time to do a photo lined up in height order...although some people lied about their height and stood in the wrong spots...and I never even made it into my spot because we had some runaway toddlers. Bryt & Bryce were both pretty proud of their position in line.
Next stop? Our house for our Thanksgiving feast and lots (and lots) of good laughs and memories!
Every morning when Sawyer is getting dressed she likes to go in my makeup drawer and put on blush & lipstick. Maybe I shouldn't let her...I always think it's weird when little kids wear makeup, but sometimes you have to pick your battles. Recently I got some perfume samples and I just tossed them in my makeup drawer. Sawyer found the samples, and she covets them. This morning when I wasn't paying attention Sawyer was going bananas with the perfume...you could smell her from miles away.
At school today Sawyer's teacher said that someone was smelling really good. Sawyer responded "Oh, that's just me. I tooted on my way here in the car". Seriously? Bahahaha
Kids say the best stuff. They are hilarious.
Here is a random iPhone picture from when me and the Bean did some night time grocery shopping in our jams.
Marc doesn't have a son so he teaches his girls to do boyish things...like how to throw a football. I walked in the room the other day and Marc was trying to convince Sawyer that she wanted her very own football to play with. The convincing work, because the next time we were at Target, a football was what she asked for.
Sawyer actually throws surprisingly well, she must not be my child. Harper also throws well...she often throws her clippies at me when she gets mad.
While Sawyer and Marc threw around the football (Harper wanted to play too but she didn't quite grasp the concept) Harper kicked around a ball. I hope one of our kids plays soccer, even if it is just little kid AYSO for a few seasons, I think I would really like that.
Sawyer picked out a football that glows in the dark.
She is actually a decent kicker.
Marc was telling Harper to go get the ball. She was confused.
At 8:30 on Saturday night our family was tuckered out. We are party animals.
Harper being Harper (and I was talking to Marc while filming, it is kind of confusing).
Our girls and their goofy dance moves will never get old. I think I might actually be a little sad once they have some proper instruction, I like them just bouncing around to the music. Harper has started to dance along with Sawyer but I have yet to get good video footage...she seems to be a little camera shy.
Last weekend I had a day off of "work" because it was raining and the weather wasn't cooperating. It ended up working out nicely for me and I got to spend some quality time with the family. We visited my sister and her family and let the girls play, we had a little Cafe Rio, and then we came home to play outside...I think playing outside is our favorite thing. We live in such a fun neighborhood for kids, there are kids everywhere. I swear, you turn around for a second and the number of kids has multiplied...it is awesome, especially since that means our girls have lots of friends that are conveniently located for them to play with.
We were going to go for a little family walk and drink hot chocolate. Sawyer looks like a giant in a stroller...I think she is pretty much too old for it. I was laughing at the fact that Sawyer was in a snow puffer jacket and then Rainbows and holding a coffee mug. Harps had a colder version of the hot chocolate in her sippy cup, and she sure thought it was good.
When we are outside Harper's shoes and her baby stroller(s) keep her occupied. Sawyer is big on riding in her car with her friends. It is hilarious...the neighborhood kids chase down the Escalade and everyone begs for their turn...it is good for a laugh.
Love this action shot. Look at Sawyer's expression as Emmett falls. Don't worry, he was ok.
Hi cute hubs!
And then the fun was over after someone crashed into a tree and Marc took the battery out of the car as all of the kids piled on top of it.