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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving & Family

Taylor is hidden next to Claire on the couch - he napped through dinner :)
Last Friday night after going through horrible snow storms, my brother Daniel's family arrived here from Denver.  And my sister Christina arrived from California late Wednesday night.  Add to that, that Jason's family was in town this week and we had an awesome week spent with family.

The previous week can be summed up by us getting ready for family to arrive with homework, Spencer's last two volleyball games, putting on our YW Evening in Excellence and even getting Jasper ready with a haircut.  The two highlights were Jeremy killing the chickens and Jeremy and Spencer and Robyn eating them for dinner - we decided it wasn't worth killing them for meat, tough to chew and not much there.  Next time I think we will just donate them to the petting zoo.  Sunday we went to check out a very pathetic dog park but discovered a wonderful path for photos and long walks.

Jeremy calls this one: "I am dog, hear me roar!"

In fact we liked it so much that we went back the next week and Mimi took photos of our family and Jeremy took photos of ours. 

Christmas cards with these beauties are in the works now!  I was a little worried about how they would turn out as I had to meet them there and got there just as they were ready to go home because it was getting cold and dark but they worked out perfectly.

We played hard all week.  We went to the girls' piano recitals, we caught part of a BYU volleyball game, we made gingerbread turkeys (thanks to Mimi), we went on walks, we visited a cool children's museum where kids literally hung from the rafters, the big kids went to see Mockinjay, got some shakes from JCW's, went to an indoor swimming pool and looked for elves at Thanksgiving Point.  And whenever we were at home we ate way too much, watched lots of movies, made crafts and just played and of course lots of hot tub time with little kiddos.

Spencer said his part of the turkey was to observe and consume.

If you look closely you can see our kids on the platform:

We were in the luxury movie seats.  I don't know if I can ever go back.

Christina made her famous gravy and won over some non-vegetarians.

For black Friday we had all the cousins sleep over and help decorate for Christmas the next day.

And some cousins spent the day relaxing:

Friday night when Jason and Kelly came to pick up their kids we all drove over to Thanksgiving Point (except for Spencer who was working).  We loaded everyone into the back of Jeremy's truck and drove through their lights listening to Christmas music.  We happily froze and it was perfect for little kiddos.

We tried to spend as much time as possible loving on this little girl.

Denver Skeehans left today before church with Christina being able to stay till tomorrow night.  It has been a wonderful week with family that flew by way too fast.  Now off to decorate the tree...