Friday, November 25, 2016

Abundantly Blessed

All My Boyz! 
Just how I love to spend the Holidays. <3

It's the hats.  
I made them all, and I love how adorable they look on all of us. 

All of us are wearing hats that I made.  
This year I was scrambling to finish the turkey and pumpkin pie hats just in time for Thanksgiving. 
I love how Festively they turned out.  
Next year we may need to wear a lot more orange. 

For the first years we were together, we would always go to Marion on Thanksgiving , and spend the holiday with all Eric's Grandparents, as well as lots of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.  When we had kids, we still went North.  It was the Tradition, and we weren't bucking the system.  

But Grandpa passed away in 2014, and our traditions have changed.   I kept thinking during all that old time, that I'd always wanted to go to New York City, and get a room like in Miracle on 34th Street, and watch the Parade from the balcony.   I know, I know, it's an Insanely Expensive Dream. 
Last year, we didn't have the money for that.  This year...  we still don't.  I may never get that dream to come true.  

In the meantime, I get to watch the Parade from Home.  
Jacob and I stayed in our Pajamas all morning, and we watched the Parade.  

After the Parade, we had "lunch" in front of the TV. 
Since we were due to have an early dinner at 4, we had midmorning snack bars, and a light lunch. 
Our Lunch was Charlie Brown Thanksgiving lunch of Popcorn and Jelly Beans.  
And while we ate it, you got it, we watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  

It had been a few weeks since I got to see Lisa, but she got a big kick out of our hats.  
I asked her to take a Cheesy Photo with me.  Daddy took it of us.   
We so silly. 

My Stepmom made 'turkey for dessert' too.  
These little turkeys were so adorable.  And she made some extra ones with no red, or regular candy corn, just so Sam could eat them.  Turns out those were a big hit.  I find all of our kids just generally do better avoiding red 40.  It makes them all a little crazy.  And that's a bigger problem when it's hard to send them outside to do laps, after Oma sugars them up, like this time of year.  

Remember that one time, when all 5 of them played sweetly?
Yeah, I had to take a picture of it.  
It didn't last.  

All 5.  
All 5 of them together were extra adorable.   
Lisa had been 'sick' for a while, so we hadn't been able to get all the kids together.  
They were Cute, but Crazy. 

After the girls left, the boys gathered up on the bar in Oma's Kitchen.  
I thought they looked pretty cute.   But it was soon time for Chris and I to go to the Game, while Eric took the little ones home.  

A Selfie. 
Opa hooked him up with facial tattoos. So I let Chris borrow my phone to take pics of us.  

A Portrait by Christopher. 
Chris took this of me.  It's completely unedited, and I love it. 
He always manages to get the best pictures of me.  

Chris at the Game! 
He's Ready to Rock!  
Opa bought him one of these giant foam fingers, and he was so thrilled. 

Opa and Oma and their Punkin Pie. 
I love this. 

All of us. 

Who's the Turkey? 

It's the hat, it really makes it. 
Oh, and silly Oma with the fingers. She hates getting her picture taken, but she's the silliest of us all.

He was So Ready to Cheer the Team! 

Welcoming the Team! 
We were practically Horse, with yelling before the game really got going. 

My favorite part of the game is when they bring out the flag. 
It brings tears to my eyes.  Once they had an Eagle circle the stadium, and it was beautiful.   
Not today, but I love how they bring out local Servicemen to hold the flag.  

Best Picture of the Day. 
Who's this turkey? 
He's Pat McAfee's #1 Fan!