Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thanksgiving at Our House!

First time for us to host Thanksgiving and it was with the Hancocks. Luckily, my sister-in-laws were almost fighting over who got to cook the turkey. Yeah! I didn't have to do that! We just assigned people to bring the other things and we got left with a few pies, sweet potatoes, and a yummy frozen fruit salad. Not bad...besides cleaning house and setting everything up.
This year, Brinley came up with the idea (well, from The Friend) to do a Thanksgiving Tree. We just used whatever paper we had on-hand (obviously) and aren't crafty enough to make a tree trunk and came up with the Thanksgiving door. It was really fun coming up with different things. We will probably have to make it a tradition.
 This one made me laugh!! Spelling is definitely not Brinley's thing.
The night before Thanksgiving, the girls helped me make name tags. They turned out so cute! They table turned out nice too and I got to pull out my China!
Jody helped my girls make these cute turkeys for everyone when she watched the kids for a night (I will be blogging about that later...)
We had PLENTY of food and LOTS of leftovers. That's the best! I could not get enough of Ryan's Orange Rolls. SO good!!
And some pies...I pulled out the Chocolate pie after I took this picture...we didn't want the kids taking all the chocolate!
 The kids were having a blast playing outside. I couldn't believe how nice the weather was!!
(My SIL, Jody, took a bunch of these pictures.)
 The kid table.
 The teen table.
 And the adult table. We were able to accommodate everyone!
You see that mark on her neck? Nothing like a rope burn...it rubbed on the side of her neck...so glad Cambree didn't tie it around her neck!
 Doug is always so nice and did 2 loads of dishes!!
 Easton was VERY attached to Josh!
The kids built a massive blanket fort in the basement. So fun being a kid!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Free Zoo Day!

The day before Thanksgiving was a free zoo day. I thought it will either be really crowded or not because of the holiday. It was a GORGEOUS day for the zoo though so I thought it would be crowded. I went with my friend, Heather, and her 4 kids. It was quite the feat for the 2 of us to be on constant watch of 8 kids...Brinley was a big help though, of course. We went after lunch hoping that some of the crowds will have gone by then. They have added new parking so that was nice that we had a place to park. That was what I was most worried about. The zoo was pretty busy but not too crazy.
The Daddy Orangutan and the child orangutan (I don't know what the little ones are called!) were SO fun to watch! The child just wanted to play! The Dad would just lay there. It was fun seeing what the little one would do to get him to play.
The momma elephant was nursing her baby!! It was SO COOL to see the baby get down on her knees and start nursing. Wow!
This was the only time I took Easton out of the stroller. To see the seals and otters. There wasn't stroller access this close and I knew he would love it. He did! And he even got back into his stroller. What a good boy!

 Yeah. Sadie was SCREAMING her head off. She may have fallen off or something (I can't remember) but lately she's been playing it up when she gets hurt! Crying MUCH louder than necessary. And what do I do? Yup. Just take a picture of it. (No, I did comfort her after.)
We've never been to Zoo Lights but I'm sure this would be cool at night!
We've been to the zoo twice when it's colder and the animals are so much more active! This tiger was just pacing the gate and looking VERY ferocious!
Cambree kept posing with her "feathers" behind her head. I hope we didn't offend anyone wearing an Indian costume. I told her it would be cute to wear if she was 3 but not 8! People will just think you're weird. But she didn't care. She wanted the attention and even got some comments on how cute she looked. Right when we arrived even, the parking person said she looked great and that there was one other person dressed up like a pilgrim. Nice. Way to reinforce it!
And then I had her pose with the wolf...but she wanted to shoot it with her bow and arrow. :/
Oh no! Korver and Sadie are in the mouth of a lion! And that is when they started getting really silly and crazy...
The kids were pretty much worn out when we saw the giraffes and they had a little snack to walk out of the park to the car.
One more picture, kids!!
What a perfect day for the zoo!! After that, we picked up Shawn from work and headed home for dinner and Thanksgiving preparations.