Thanksgiving 2009

Though the holidays are different from years passed, they are OH! so much better. :o)

I cannot even believe it is Thanksgiving already (or over at this point). We have our Turkey Day down to a science! Everyone makes their preferred dish, it is brought over to Aunt Carrie’s house, we feast and then play outside in the backyard. They have such a fabulous backyard.

This year was delicious as always and we were looking forward to Badminton afterward, but the wind just would not cooperate. I had brought a “kickball” in hopes of playing, but we (Carrie, Mom and I) ended up teaching Edd and Jason how to play a makeshift game of Foursquare. It was soo fun! The Phelps’ they are com-pet-itive! We schooled those boys! Noah even got to play and is pretty good. It is a little difficult finding games he can play at his age, but since everyone was out continuously, he got to see that it wasn’t just him.

We left after pie and a paper cut from viewing the Black Friday sale papers and made plans to come back on the 20th for Christmas.

Today, (day after) the kids and I went to Common Grounds Park with 500 of our closest friends. It was such a beautiful day out! It was just cold enough for a sweater and I do think the kids enjoy it more when there are gobs of people there to play with. Noah, who it seems has made friends with everyone at his school, saw a friend of his there and invited him into a picture perfect moment.

Nora, Noah and Isaac
Nora, Noah and Isaac


Noah went off to play, while I kept my eye on Nora. She was too funny! I forgot how much I love three.

Silly girl
Silly girl


Static won't stop this girl!
Static won't stop this girl!

She came sliding down like this! She is so sure of herself! All of that hard work the past year is definitely paying off.

Their other favorite area is the hill slide. Here is Nora slooowwllly sliding while it is complete chaos around her…

Slow motion
Slow motion


…and Noah who thinks backwards is the only way to go.
Practically doing a backflip!
Practically doing a backflip!


I rarely take them to the park by myself, but the weather was too perfect and my mood generous.

We have been wondering whether or not to do Christmas at all since the kids won’t be here and neither will we, but instead we went out tonight and bought a tree and are going to squeeze every drop we can out of this Christmas season together. I think we are off to a great start. :o)

Oh, and I took a bit of a break from blogging, but am back with some new perspective. :o)

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