We celebrated Thanksgiving down at my parents in Fort Smith. Mom, Dad, Katie, Brooke and Jerod were there and Grandma and Grandpa, Ginger, Kevin and Eli joined us for dinner. We had a wonderful time. It is always good to catch up with Family. I want Abby and Mia to love family gatherings as much as Greg and I do. At our Thanksgiving we go around and tell what we are thankful for. Abby participated for the first time and said me and Honey and her daddy. It was precious. Mia, on the other hand was pouting in my arms because she had just been spanked for spitting on Aunt KK's face. Nice Mia, Happy Thanksgiving to you to.
Abby and Mia love love love being at Honeys. It is even better when the Aunts are there because they get undivided attention 24/7. They hardly speak to Greg or me, we pretty much have to reintroduce ourselves as their parents after a visit. That being said, we had a couple of first this year. Abby and Eli became fast friends. It was fun for abby to have a playmate for the day that could really do what four/five year olds do. They ran all over the house, did a craft that Honey provided and played out in the leaves. They wore themselves out and were sad when Eli had to go.
The other BIG first was that Abby actually crawled up in Bop's lap on several occassions and let him read her a book and just hang out. Now for those of you who dont understand the significance of this, let me give you some history. Bop is Brooke's husband Jerod and he has been around since Abby was very little. However, until about a year ago, Abby could hardly look at him let alone sit in his lap. I personally think that she had a little crush on him and was just too shy to look at him. Anyway, last year Bop brought some glue to fix one of Abby's barbies and the ice broke. However, she has never just up and sat on his lap or even hugged him. I walked into the room that night and low and behold the two of them were in the chair and Bop was reading a book to her. Even bigger, that was not the first time that day that she had done that. Way to go Bop. We knew all along that Abby loved you, thanks for waiting her out. You are a great Uncle and we are so thankful for you.
I am thankful for all of my family. My parents, Grandparents, Sisters, cousins, Brother-in-law, husband and kids. I take them all for granted too much. Abby and Mia, I hope you will know the joy of family coming together to fellowship and celebrate holidays your whole sweet lives.
Our supper club decided to have a family affair and attend the Lighting of the Fayetteville Square on the 17th. We have been eating together once a month (give or take) since Spring of 2000. When we started there were only two kids, now there are 13. 9 of them made it to the lighting (Fr. row Sydney, Mia, Abby and Ben. B. row Jack, Will, Matt, Baileigh and Drew). The kids have a great time together. Abby follows Sydney around like a puppy dog. Mia, well, she just enjoys not having Abby's full attention. The lights were beautiful and a perfect beginning to the holiday season.
We played one friday at Kari's house and you would have thought it was Christmas the way the girls reacted to the leaves in the yard. I could hardly get them out of there. I look at these pictures though and I smile because this is childhood. This is one of those experiences every kid should have (and hopefully have more than once). They loved running and jumping in the leaves, throwing them at each other and hiding in them. Abby's allergies flared up within minutes, but she did not care. Not a care in the world, just two little blonde sisters enjoying fall. It doesn't get any better than that.
After the program, Abby and I went to Red Robin for lunch, HER FAVORITE. She loves to go up to the bar all on her own and order a milkshake. Of course, I let her and watched her from the place we were sitting. She was so sure of herself and would look over every once in a while and just smile at me as if to say, "I have it covered mom, dont worry". We then took off to do some Christmas shopping. At TJ Maxx she decided she needed some lipstick and insisted she apply it herself; of course. You can see what a fabulous job she did. She looked in the mirror, pronounced it perfect and looked like that until bath time that night. She can make me laugh so hard some times.
Abby, you never cease to amaze me. You are smart, funny, self assured, compassionate and mischevious. I love being with you, holding your hand, listening to your stories and enjoying your company. Thank you for all the joy you bring. I Love you.
Abby had her first ever school program November 15th at her school. The invitations they made for the program were turkeys made from their handprint and painted by them. It was adorable. For once I was on time to something and was able to get a front row seat to watch her. I was totally one of "those" parents, waving at her, telling her to look at the teacher, taking pictures, motioning for her to get her shirt sleeve out of her mouth. I feel sorry for the people around me. Ha. Anyway, the kids came in and sang about 5 or 6 songs. My favorite was Albequrque is my Turkey. The kids couldnt quite prononouce Albequerque but it was too cute. They also did a little jazz retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears. Abby was awesome. She is growing up so fast and I marvel at the person she is becoming.