Saturday, November 29, 2008

Our blessed Thanksgiving weekend

We are so blessed.

Blessed to have family that is close. Blessed to have all sides of the family that get along with each other. Blessed to have so many kids running around and at ages that they all get along with each other! We've had a great Thanksgiving's a run-down of the weekend events:
The two big kids went to Grandpa and Grandma Chatterton's for Tuesday and Wednesday night so we could get the house ready for Thanksgiving. We ended up having 24 for Thanksgiving this year, wonderful food, great conversations, a even the usual friendly game of poker downstairs for some. (not me. I despise cards of any sort) The 5 big kids told what they were thankful for...everything from family, to eye doctors, to cereal, of course. Anyway, we had a great time. Such a good time, I completely forgot to take any pictures. I'll have to get some from one of the grandma's and post them later.
Then off to Dunlap. The kids and I always head on over to Dunlap on Thanksgiving night to stay at my parent's house. I get up early, early and hit the Black Friday sales. Zac stays back and cleans up the house - sounds like a pretty good deal for me. The big kids went to the Santa Claus parade while Olivia and I napped.
Friday night - to Zac's parents to meet up with family for dinner. Zac's cousin Ryan and family made their annual trip from Pennsylvania. This is the one time a year we get to spend time with them and we look forward to it every year. Olivia had a great time playing with McKenna - it was so cute to watch them together.

The kids all had a great time playing. I came up with the wonderful idea of getting a picture of the 6 cousins together which I know everyone appreciated. I thought of this right as everyone was getting ready to leave - the perfect time. Here are a few of the great pictures!

So today - Zac went back to Peoria to run a race. Jack insisted on going, so he'll cheer them on from the sidelines with Great Grandma. The girls and I are planning on getting some Christmas decorations out and maybe head to Uncle Bob's for a pony ride with the cousins.
We are so unbelievably thankful for all the family and wonderful people in our lives and are treasuring every moment of the beginning of this great holiday season.


Sarah said...

This is Judy's friend Sarah... just checking in on you guys as i pray fo ryou often. In tears as I read your precious words. Your faith and trist have inspired me over and over again. I am so thankful that you guys had so much family around you for this Thanksgiving... it looks like it was a wondeful time of being together! Praying God's blessings on you each as you celebrate him and his faithfulness to you this holdiday season.

Judy said...

It was so fun to have the six cousins together! What a treat to have Olivia and McKenna playing together. And I've decided that I just need to borrow Brooklyn for awhile! She was soooo good with McKenna. Wait till you see some of the pictures I've got of the two of them together.