To say I was excited would be a BIG understatement, lol. I sooo wanted Melody to have a daughter. She was of course wanting mainly a healthy baby (really goes without saying doesn't it?) but her heart's desire was for a girl too, and Mike if anything was even more desirous of that. Sam was sure from the beginning, lol. As many times as Melody TRIED to explain to him that the new baby might be another brother, he would tell her, "No mama, it's a girl". lol Soo sweet. I'll show you the picture they announced with on Facebook and Instagram yesterday...
|HOLDING THE SHIRT FROM COUSIN JESSICA'S NEW CLOTHING LINE...A GIFT FOR THEIR NEW SISTER!|
Thanksgiving morning Mike and Mel went to enjoy breakfast with Mike's mom and then after naps joined us at my oldest son Joe's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Honestly I don't know if I can say enough GOOD things about this day. First, the weather was just GORGEOUS. Warm, and clear, and perfect. Then, the food....Goodness, between my daughter in law Leah and her mother I am not sure which one is a better cook. The food was honestly some of the best I have ever had. Her mother made her traditional Portuguese stuffing which was almost to die for. I did eat a tiny little bit (even though I probably shouldn't have as it was not gluten free!) but I didn't regret it at all thank goodness. Then, Leah's sweet potatoes....OH MY GOODNESS....one of my all time favorite dishes to begin with, but these were especially good. I could ask for the recipe, but honestly I have no doubt I probably shouldn't be eating those scrumptious things too soon again anyway. The potatoes and gravy...the moist turkey...the ham....the green beans....ALL, incredible. I did eat a little more then I should have, but honestly I just couldn't resist. Then, her mom made several pies from scratch to chose from. And whipped up some REAL whipped cream to go with them. As we settled in to finish up our day with these, honestly I was just in heaven, lol. The night was warm and we sat outside enjoying it while the kids ran around and played. It was just one of those perfect holidays, and I enjoyed every minute. My two middle sons joined their in-laws this year so they were definitely missed, but it was still a good day. I'll show you a couple of pics from that day now...
|LOUSY PICTURE, BUT BEAUTIFUL TABLES|
|THE THREE LITTLE BOYS HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME IN THIS WONDERFUL PLAY ROOM!|
|SAM AND CODY BECAME FAST FRIENDS|
|CODY PUTTING THEIR NEW RUDOLPH ORNAMENTS ON THE TREE|
|"POSING" FOR GRANDMA|
|CODY IN HIS NEW JAMMIES|
|AND GETTING HIS NEW PILLOW CASE. HE WAS SOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS AND RAN AND GOT HIS PILLOW RIGHT AWAY SO WE COULD PUT IT ON, LOL|
|MIKE AND MELODY AND THE BOYS BEFORE THEY LEFT FOR THE DAY. MELODY IS NOT LOOKING LIKE SHE IS ALREADY 17 WEEKS HERE, LOL|
|OUR GROUP SHOT....|
|IT WAS MY SON JOE'S 42ND BIRTHDAY ON THANKSGIVING! HOW COULD HE POSSIBLY BE THIS OLD ALREADY! LOVE HIM SOO MUCH!|
So then it was Friday. Mike and Melody and the boys left early to join Mike's family for the day. So since they were going to be gone, and there was lots of football hubby wanted to watch I actually decided to brave the crowds and go to Joannes for some SUPER DUPER Black Friday day deals on fabric. I just had to....lol. Now that I know the sex of the baby HOW could I resist snuggle flannel being on sale for a mere 2 dollars a yard? And some of it was only 1.50!! My sister Diane met me there and we spent a happy almost 3 hours browsing and picking out fabric and yarn. It was VERY fun I am not going to lie. We got there right at 9, had NO problem finding a parking spot, and honestly Joannes didn't start getting crowded until around 12 when we were leaving. I got SOOO many pieces of fabric for SOOO little that I am positively giddy at the thought of getting busy with it. This is NOT the fabric we will use to put her nursery together, but to make receiving blankets, nighties, bibs, burp cloths, and some little bloomers for her as well. Can't wait. After shopping Diane and I got some lunch and visited away. Later, hubby and I decided to go and see Saving Christmas. Enjoyed every minute of that too, and then we got dinner at a new Sushi place we discovered a couple of weeks ago. It is definitely my new favorite. Oh my goodness....it is SOOO good!
Then it was Sat. Melody went to have breakfast with her two best friends, and the rest of us just hung out. I did put together a tree for Melody somewhere in the day as she really liked them too. The boys took LONG naps and recovered from their busy days and we finished off the day with dinner at one of our local Italian restaurants that is soo good. Let me show you some other cute pictures of our times together.
|THEY LOVED GRANDMA'S PIANO! LOL WE GOT SEVERAL SERENADES OF RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER...LOL SAM KNEW ALL THE WORDS!|
|SAM LOVED HIS NEW FIRE CHIEF OUTFIT!|
|AND HIS NEW RUDOLPH|
|THE BOYS KICKING BACK WATCHING A LITTLE RUDOLPH IN THEIR NEW CHAIRS GRANDPA GOT FOR THEM!|
|THEIR LITTLE FAMILY AT THE PICTURE SPOT YESTERDAY|
|VINNY AND LUKE (just two months apart!) SAYING HELLO YESTERDAY|
|SAM ADORES HIS OLDER COUSINS...AND WHO COULDN'T LOVE JD? THE SWEET LOOK ON HIS FACE JUST SUMS UP HIS PERSONALITY. THEY ARE ALL SOO GOOD WITH THE LITTLE ONES|