We left Wednesday morning and headed west. We stopped in Columbia for lunch and trampoline jumping at Grandpa and Kyra's. I'm so thankful for my Dad and his flexibility, both on and off the trampoline. I love you, Dad!
|Getting all of the leaves off before jumping!|
|Jon and Lucy flying around the rink.|
We (and I use this word liberally) went ice skating in the afternoon. There was a small ice rink in a cute little area right by our hotel. After, we celebrated Bill's actual birthday and mom's birthday one day early. There were 18 of us and we were a little worried about going out to dinner the night before Thanksgiving. Next to the ice rink was a restaurant. It ended up being perfect! The kids (including Lucy) were able to sit in their own area, with a small couch, a coffee table and a couple of comfy chairs. They could sit or stand and play around a little, which they loved. The food was good and it was such a wonderful evening all being together. I'm thankful that we get to go out to eat sometimes. I know there are lots of people who cannot.
|She didn't want to stop!|
|Ellie and Ellie, two peas in a pod.|
|Happy Birthday, dear Gram!|
We ran, walked and strolled the KC Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. We can't remember exactly what year we began this tradition but we're pretty sure it was 2005 and just 3 people participated. This year we had a gorgeous morning, and it was a record breaker for our family with 22 of us participating! I'm thankful that my family is active and tries new things.
|Part of our group! A couple of speed demons had already taken off to get to the front of the race line...the others, I'm not sure!|
Our Thanksgiving meal is at 3:00 in the afternoon which means there's no rushing to have lunch ready. Instead we snack on appetizers and try to stay hungry for the main event. My mom and brother got the turkey ready for the oven before the turkey trot and one of my aunts put it in promptly at 9.....while others of us were beginning our race. That's what makes our Thanksgiving so wonderful. Everybody works together. No matter if you travel or live right in town you have some part in the meal. Blake and Jon arrived in Kansas City direct from London at midnight on Wednesday. They were as much help as anyone else. I'm thankful to be a part of a family who values every single member.
|Kevin making gravy.|
I was thrilled to meet our newest family member, baby David, my cousin Alex and her husband Matthew's son. David is perfect; so calm and sweet and I loved snuggling him. Of course Alex is sweet and calm and such a natural mom. I'm thankful we both had great moms and aunts to learn from. My mom, my Aunt Kathy and my Aunt Trish are amazing moms and I learned (and continue to learn) so much from each of them, I know Alex has too. Lucky, lucky us!
|My girls and Jon enjoying the baby.|
|I can't show you our youngest guest without also showing you our amazing oldest guest. My Great Aunt Shorty at 85 with my mom and my Aunt Kathy, at whose house all of the festivities take place.|
Lucy was happiest chasing Buster and Charlie, the cats. She told me she wishes she had a cat. While we're not getting her a cat, I'm thankful to have this happy, silly baby to make us all laugh.
|Lucy at the top of the stairs kissing Buster. She really loves him!|
The girls loved hanging out with their cousins, and their cousins made them feel like a million bucks, giving them so much attention. I'm very thankful for Lauren, Ellie, Allie, and Lydia.
On Friday we went to the Plaza and shopped a little bit, we love to go to Halls and find Christmas ornaments for the girls. My Grandpa always enjoyed going there with us and had such an appreciation for beautiful things. After shopping, we had lunch and margaritas, another Grandpa tradition. Our lunch was so fun, we laughed the whole way through. It makes me wish Blake and Jon were a few states closer. It also makes me thankful that we keep traditions alive no matter how far apart we are.
|I had to super crop this photo because it was COLD and I was wearing a big puffy coat. I'm not (too) vain but come on, Blake never looks big and puffy and his height and leaness did me no favors.|
All three girls were fabulous hotel guests! Lucy slept in her pack and play again, after hopping right out of it this summer. Emma and Eleanor shared a bed without a single fight...woooohooo! I'm thankful that given enough time, often hard things change and become easy breezy things.
|Watching Frosty the Snowman on the iPad at 6:15 in the morning. We slept through the night, I'm not complaining!|
It was a brief visit on Saturday morning but I'm so thankful we got to see our Moore family too. I do wish sometimes time would just stand still but all the same I'm thankful for small moments of time spent with people I dearly love.
|The ONLY picture I got! Boooo!|
We drove home Saturday afternoon and stopped at Culver's for an early dinner. I'm thankful there is not a Culver's anywhere near me, I would have to buy bigger pants.