Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sugar Plum Ball

Isaac and our neighbor, Brian, took the girls to the CARTI Sugar Plum Ball tonight.

Annette has been talking about this for weeks. Going to a ball, dancing with Daddy, wearing a fancy dress....   who wouldn't be excited ?!?!

Check Charlie out in the background. Isaac's socks and pantless. Hilarious. 

Our neighbors came out to see our pretty little princess. She ate it up.

When it was time for Annette and Daddy to drive away, I had to take Charles inside. He was not a happy camper to be left out. I was a bit sad that I didn't get to go, too. I'd have loved to see all the little girls all dressed up. But don't you worry. We had plenty of our own 'exciting' fun at home. We made mac n cheese and got out some fun bath toys. We survived. 

Cute little furry coated princesses.

Courtesy of Ike's iPhone...

So sweet of her Daddy to take her.
He's a real, real, REAL good man.

Know she loved this special treat.
She's probably dreaming about all the fun in her little bed right now. 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More Turkey

We ate a late Thanksgiving dinner with Isaac's family on Sunday evening. With Isaac's two sisters  (and Dad) working/saving lives/birthing babies/caring for the sick at UAMS they have some pretty atypical schedules... and both sisters were working on Thanksgiving this year. It made sense to celebrate a few days late. It was actually really nice. We were able to savor the season a bit longer and anticipate a gourmet meal for even longer than usual :)

Annette helped with pies, Aunt Rachel the green bean bundles and corn souffle. 

ONE of the three delicious turkeys Nonnie served. 

Charles is obsessed with the dogs.
And Cruz : )

Annette in ruffle pants... rarely happens anymore, yet it's one of my favorite little joys :)

Below, she is sitting on a very special little bench at a very special round table which were carefully and thoughtfully made by Nonnie's brother. The kids love, love sitting here for family gatherings. What wonderful, beautiful, functional heirlooms.

We missed Isaac's older 2 brothers who weren't in town this year. Amber and Isaac's parents visited the youngest brother, Jordan, at Greenhurst last week. Six siblings are a lot to get in one place at one time!

The cherry on top of celebrating Thanksgiving -- we celebrated Amber and Nonnie's November birthdays too!
 Two special ladies that we love very very much. <3 <3

 Oh the pies!!! Connie's pies are the BEST. 
Homemade down to their delicious crust. Chocolate, pumpkin, pecan, apple. I ate some of all of them....  worth the overly OVER stuffed feeling.

We made a little keepsake book for Nonnie using the grandkid's artwork and some photos. Fun looking through it with the family. 

Thankful, thankful.
 For the wonderful food, conversation, and memories made with Isaac's family this year.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving, Razorbacks, and a Safari

We started out our Thanksgiving celebrations at my mom's house on Thursday noonish. 
Big family gathering (as always) with lots of fun cousins and aunts and uncles.

Charlie spent lots of his time throwing balls, rings, anything he could find, over the fence.

Love this family I've been blessed with.

Excuse Charles' diaper exposure. More proof that I haven't had tons of success with potty training. Mostly to do with my lack of focus :)

We left my mom's and headed to Fayetteville late that afternoon. We had told the kids we'd take them to a game this year, so we held true to our word. It ended up being a great choice.

We met Isaac's sister up there and stayed at Isaac's parent's Fayetteville house for two nights. Very fun.

Our kids loved the big hill to slide down in the 'trough' tailgating area. 

Game was chili, so we were super glad our tickets were in the sun. 

When the band formed a big A on the field pre-game, Annette said, "It's an A like my name!" Then, a few minutes later said, "It's a good thing you named me Annette!". So cute :)

Headed to the square for pizza and the lights after the game. 
What would we do without technology when it's a long wait for pizza???!!!

And the fun didn't end there. We decided last minute to head to Gentry (30 mins or so away from Fay.) to see the Wild Safari thing they have out there. I'll be honest. I had pretty low expectations. I figured we'd see camels, cows, and some chickens. Ends up, IT WAS AMAZING!!! More animals than our zoo for SURE. It was one of my favorite memories with the kids to date. Tigers, bears, lions  (and baby precious lions!!!), chimpanzees, bison, tons of deer and monkeys and TONS of other fun animals... all up so close. 

Reminder to self: Make my kiddos hair cut appointments ASAP. 
Kate, if you're reading this, we can come on Wednesday afternoon :)))

Now, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner at Isaac's folks house tomorrow afternoon. 

BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE this holiday season. 
Oh so thankful.