|THIS WAS THE CENTERPIECE ON THE KIDS TABLE...SOO CUTE. IT IS SETTING ON THE RUNNER THAT MY MOM MADE FOR ME A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. THE FLIP SIDE IS CHRISTMAS PRINTS, HOW I LOVE IT! WE GOT A NEW CAMERA....CAN YOU TELL? I SURE CAN ; )|
|CLOSE UP OF A PLACE SETTING...|
|INSIDE OF THE NAME TAGS.....|
|JUST ANOTHER VIEW OF THE TABLE|
|GIFTS FOR GRANDKIDS....THE LITTLE BLACK BAGS HELD THEIR NEW CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS..(I FORGOT TO TAKE A PIC OF THEM) THE GIRLS ALL GOT GINGERBREAD GIRLS WITH THEIR NAMES AND THE DATE ON THEM, AND THE BOYS GOT GINGERBREAD BOYS....THEY WERE REALLY CUTE!|
Then dh and I headed out to the airport. They were landing at 6:20 so this meant of course we were jumping on the freeway at PRIME time traffic, the Wed. night before a holiday week-end. NEVER good in Southern California. Needless to say we were CRAWLING in bumper to bumper traffic. My excitement level at that point was sooo huge I honestly felt like I could get out of our car and just begin jogging my way to the airport. I quickly became somewhat hysterical as I was just sure it was going to take us hours and I had visions of them standing at the airport with a screaming unhappy baby. BUT!! We actually made it in perfect time (I should have just listened to dh and saved myself the worry) and I soon had little Sam in my arms. He did wonderfully on the flights, so that was an answer to prayer. We quickly headed over to Mike's grandmothers and Mike's mom met us there too, and we all visited and played with the baby for a couple of hours.
|PLAYING WITH MOM AND DAD|
|HOW DARLING IS THIS?|
|MEETING GREAT GRANDMA TEVELDE FOR THE FIRST TIME!|
|HE SPENT A GOOD DEAL OF HIS TIME SLEEPING RIGHT HERE ON GRANDMA! I LOVED IT..|
Thanksgiving Day was just sooo good. Everything went soo well. No fires this year, haha. Honestly, the food was yummy, and having my family around the table and enjoying the conversations was just priceless. We read our scripture cards and even Jeffie, Capri, and JD joined in this year and were soo pleased with themselves. Not as pleased as Grandma was though. Everyone eventually signed our Thanksgiving tablecloth, and that new tradition will be appreciated in years to come I am thinking. My wonderful dil's cleaned the GIANT mess in the kitchen after dinner and I was able to sit and visit with my kids and grandkids to my heart's content. The kids had such a good time playing together. It was a noisy day I am not going to lie. But listening to the silence today, makes me glad it was just the way it was. The day eventually came to a close and another Thanksgiving went down in memory.
|I LOVE THIS ONE OF HIM!|
|SAM WAS GETTING TIRED OF PICTURES|
|MEETING AUNT LARISSA|
|AND UNCLE JAMES|
|KIDS TABLE, THOUGH I CUT OFF TELLA'S FACE, SOO SAD...THE OLDEST, EVAN, SAT AT THE BAR|
|THE ADULTS...EVAN TOOK THIS ONE AND DIDN'T QUITE KNOW HOW TO FOCUS IT, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA|
|I PUT TOGETHER A BIG BOX OF CRAYONS, MARKERS, WRITING TABLETS, STICKERS ETC. AND THE KIDS ENJOYED IT FOR A LOOOONG TIME|
|MY KIDS...MELODY, JOE, JOHN & JAMES|
|MEETING GREAT GRANDPARENTS!|
|GREAT GRANDPA JOE & SAM|
|SOO CUTE....SAM WAS GETTING READY FOR A REALLY LONG SNOOZE HERE...|
|SOOO MANY YUMMY SNACKS|
|SHE EVEN ADDED NAME CARDS!|
|THESE TWO WERE BORN JUST 2 DAYS APART....SOO CUTE!|
|COUSINS KATIE & TABBIE|
|HE WAS COOING AND SMILING HERE....SOO PRECIOUS|
|READY TO GO TO VISIT HIS OTHER GRANDMA...|
Last night hubby and I went over to my oldest son's house to help celebrate his 39th birthday!!! I honestly can't believe Joe is 39 years old. We picked up dinner from a wonderful Mexican restaurant near their house, and then sat and visited with all of them for a couple of hours. Lindsey made him the cutest card/gift full of his favorite candy (Joe has SUCH a sweet tooth ~ wonder where he gets that??!) and Jeffie made him a darling banner for the wall. I got a couple of pics of them in their new jammies too. I am NOT liking how the neck of these jammies came out. I am going to have to fix Jeffie's somehow as he is quite thin and they are literally falling off of him...sigh. Someday I will have all the kinks out.
|PRETTY LINDSEY WITH HER GIFT!|
|CODY PLAYED SOME FOOTBALL WITH GRANDPA|
This post is just WAY too long I know, and for those of you still with me, thanks for sticking it out, haha. I have soo much to be thankful for with this week-end, that I am not going to focus on the fact that Mike, Mel & Sam will be heading home on Wed., and probably won't be back until next June.... : ( Honest I am not.