2. Lots of family members and friends went out of their way to wish me a happy birthday, shower me with lovely gifts, and fill me with cake. A special should out to my sister and brother-in-law who brought me dinner from my favorite Italian restaurant in Illinois...all the way to Arkansas where we were celebrating Thanksgiving.
3. Speaking of Thanksgiving, we had a fun visit to Arkansas to spend the holiday with my grandma and her husband, my parents, my sister and her family, two aunts, two uncles, and a cousin in a pear tree. We celebrated my birthday, watched football, played music, rode bikes, shopped the local antique shops, played disc golf, went for a hike, crafted, and of course, cooked and baked and ate.
|One of the many Thanksgiving placemats we colored.|
|The only two nappers.|
|My grandma and her matching great-granddaughters.|
|Will and Hallie received new bikes and helmets from Grandma and|
Grandpa for Christmas. They LOVE them (the grandparents and the bikes).
|My grandma has a long and flat driveway - perfect for|
biking around...and around...and around all day long.
|Snuggling with my four little monkeys on Thanksgiving morning.|
|Grandpa and Will in their matching...um...undershirts|
following a rowdy game of soccer with the neighbors.
|I love the way pies look fresh out of the oven...|
|One of our many crafts - easy but adorable button Christmas trees.|
|Ready to take on the Huckleberry Trail - these |
two hiked three miles without complaining AT ALL!
5. Happiness Highlights:
|Little girls, big girls, and director - a wonderful group.|
|If you look close enough you can see the smile on my girl's face (she's |
in the center of the pic, nearest to the camera). At four years old she told
me, "Mama, I like to dance, but I love the stage". It loves her back.
|My handsome boy's official soccer pics.|
|Have you tried charcoal masks yet?! We love them!|
|I haven't posted much about Tux recently...rest assured he's doing |
fine and still enjoying riding around the house on my shoulders.
|She's a better poet than I ever was or ever will be...|
|5th Grade Pajama Day 😍|
|I explained to Hallie that Santa would not bring her a |
hot tub so she edited the letter to ask for a perplexus ball.
|Ready to mail!|
Happy Friday, Chasing Roots!
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