Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Another great holiday can go into the books!  We've had an excellent weekend...started off by a great Thanksgiving gathering at Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey's house.  Lots of good family time spent - and wonderful food, too!  Since the weather was unseasonably nice, the girls also got to spend some time outdoors playing.  With how late our summer started this year (late June), it's amazing that the MN true winter hasn't hit yet...  I, for one, am very thankful that we've had an extended fall, and we're not into the deep freeze yet!

Getting ready to catch the ball from Daddy


Tatiana and Jenna


I know this is blurry, but I love the enthusiasm in this one!


Pondering his next move...


Great-Grandma Addy, Tatiana, Jenna, Ava and Savante (and Santa!)


Jenna eating nicely with a fork, Ava eating piggy with her fingers.  Sigh.


Tatiana smiling pretty for the camera!  What does Jenna see on her fork??


In addition to turkey day, I also managed to get about 75% of our Christmas shopping done (late Friday afternoon - I'm not one to get up and shop at midnight!) and we even decorated the tree/house for Christmas! Compared to how far behind I felt last year, this feels amazing that we're at this point already.

Last night our good friends, the Winfields, came to town, so we met them for dinner at B-52s in Inver Grove Heights, and then they all came back to our house for a bit. The girls had a blast playing, and I think the dogs were a little confused by all of the high-pitch squealing that was taking place. All I can say, puppies, is you better get used to it...it's just going to get louder and louder!

Even today has been busy - we spent far too long this morning shopping for a linen closet door. I'm pretty sure my eyes were glazed over, one hour into it. Happily, we brought one home, and my dear husband is staining it right now. The bathroom remodel project will be wrapping up soon! Our goal is to put the house on the market early next year, so we can move into a different neighborhood and a larger house. We can only hope the market is kind to us, so we can move on this quickly!

Many things to be thankful for this week/month/year.  Sometimes it takes a big change in life to shake things up, so one can refocus the energies on other areas.  Lessons learned are my biggest blessing right now - no matter how hard they have been!

Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with great moments!

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