Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Mania!

HOLY MOLY! We did A LOT of driving, A LOT of visiting family and WAY TOO MUCH eating!

This Thanksgiving was so wonderful. Monday, Travis left to go on his annual Thanksgiving deer hunt. The girls and I missed him, but we were busy getting ready for the week.

Tuesday night after the girls went to bed, I packed, cleaned the house and got the laundry done. Wednesday morning, we got up, fed Catherine and headed to Hot Springs to see Honey and Daddy Brooks.

We got there and helped Honey get some of the cooking done ahead of time for our Thanksgiving feast. Emma, Hannah and Honey made crock pot candy. It was a big hit at Thanksgiving. Other than that, we just hung out together.

Thursday, the girls and I drove to DeQueen to meet up with Travis and have Thanksgiving lunch with his Mimi. This was Mimi's first time to see Catherine and they LOVED each other!

It was so nice to see everyone. Lunch was delicious. The girls got to play with some of their 2nd cousins (I think...they are Travis's cousin's whatever that is). They had a great time seeing the cows and horses on the farm.

(These shirts are courtesy of the Dirty Laundry girls! Aren't they adorable!?)

About 2 it was nap time, that was the indicator we needed to get back in the car and go back to Hot Springs for Thanksgiving dinner. So, the girls and I headed back in my car with Travis following close behind in his truck.

He had some walkie talkies from deer camp and we all talked back and forth most of the way. The girls thought it was so great!

We got back to Hot Springs just before the rush. About an hour or so after we arrived, Uncle Jon and Aunt Nicole came over. The girls just LOVE them...and love their dog, Bo!

Later on, Great-GrandDa and Daddy Ben, Great Aunt Bev and Great-Uncle Michael came over. We had a wonderful dinner.

(my mom is an amazing cook and always has everything that everyone requests!)

After filling our tummies, we hung out talked and laughed until late into the night.

GrandDa knitted the girls their super cute Santa scarves! They love them! Thanks, GrandDa!

Friday at 4 am, my Dad and I got up to head to get ONE thing for Black Friday (you will have to check back at Christmas for the big reveal). We left the house about 4:15. Travis got up to go hunting some more and left about 4:30. Dad and I got home at 5:30 and went back to bed.

After we woke up again, we hung out, watched football and snacked on leftovers.

I LOVE going to stay at my parents, because my mom is the best. She knows how hard I work at being a good mom and wife. So, she ALWAYS gets up with the kids, whether thats the  middle of the night or early in the morning, and lets me sleep in as long as I can (which usually isn't any later than about 8! ha!). She also never sends me home with any dirty laundry! Nothing is better than that! Thanks, Mom!

Saturday, we got up, played and packed. We headed home about mid-day. It was a great Thanksgiving, but I needed time to get settled and get everyone back in the swing of things before the week. So, Sunday, we went to the grocery store and just played all day. Reece and Meredith came over too!

I hope everyone else had as good of a Thanksgiving as we did! There is always SO much for us to be thankful for and this time of year is a nice reminder!

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