- This weather! Oh wow! We're just about to make it out of November and its been so mild.
- There is a cute, in a nerdy sort of way, little boy (3rd grade?) that I see nearly every morning dropping off Avery at school. With his glasses and backpack and pants a little too short, he is always in a full sprint to get to school, as if he's going to be late but he's not. He never fails to make me smile.
- So proud, that for my first time ever I de-boned the turkey carcass and made turkey soup. I felt so homemaker-y! And really, it was not hard. And that word carcass? Nasty!
- I feel like I should be cruising around the internet this Cyber Monday but its too overwhelming to even think about. Still...online is my kind of shopping!
- Amanda turned five yesterday. Yes, five! And my first born niece/nephew is turning 13 this week. If he is a teenager then that means I am not and so I am very confused!
- Like most I've talked to, I'm wondering if everything can actually get squeezed in this coming month. Here's an excerpt from something I read this morning:
Monday, November 28, 2011
I know of no better time for "Monday's Musings" than after a long holiday weekend. I hope I'm not the only one whose brain is a jumbled mess as I pull myself back into reality. Actually, we still have house guests, so its only a partial reality.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Well, craziness is in full swing...I'm sure you are all feeling it too. We've had beautiful weather which we've been savoring and any week that Avery has four days off from school is a good day. :)
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and a good time with your families!
Couldn't resist going out to watch the guys play football. The kids and I love the excuse to be outside in the sunshine. Poor Uncle Nathan took an elbow to the face...he ended up leaving early to go get some skin glue on his lip.
No picture. I worked and worked and then worked some more.
We're fairly sure Amanda has Mono. Here we go again....feel so bad for her. At least this time we know a little bit more what to expect.
This day was a frenzy of cleaning, grocery shopping, and cooking. I also went to Avery's school to take pictures of her class making butter and bread. She brought hers home and was so happy to be contributing something to the Thanksgiving meal.
Shaun's grandparents arrived from Florida and got right to work reading to and playing with the kids.
Thanksgiving Day Manchester Road Race. Lots of friends and family ran too, included two SILs and two sisters and a niece. Good times!
The day after Thanksgiving, which in this house is officially known as "let the Christmas season begin" day. Avery was SO excited about it and so were the other two once they got up from their naps.
We went to see the Muppets with Shaun's grandparents. Aiden's first time in the theater...he did great.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Ah...Thanksgiving Day! One of my favorite holidays of the year. Its easy, its quiet, its chock full of tradition. It a time when Americans pause, if only for the briefest moment of time to recognize what they have.
So often I am just overwhelmed by it all. Like when I am standing with 20, 000+ other people, my right hand placed deliberately over my heart, standing tall (well, not so tall) and proud, watching that beautiful flag blowing in the breeze singing that song that always causes me to stop and say, thank you. Thank you Lord that I live in America. Thank you. For it all.
Weather plays a large factor every year in the Manchester Road Race. This year it was divine so people came out in droves....somewhere between 15,000 and 25,000 runners, with spectators lining both sides of the 4.78 mile course. Its always such a festive atmosphere and costumes, music and smiles are in abundance.
There was a flyover before the official start.
Back at home, people were beginning to gather and Shaun had the turkeys well underway. The girls were both pretty disappointed that I hadn't run the race. :)
Shaun's sister and company were away so we had a smaller gathering (we missed you guys!) but we were so thankful to have the rest of Shaun's family there, particularly his grandmother and grandfather.
The kid table...happy to be with cousin Alayna.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
For several years now my side of the family has celebrated Thanksgiving the weekend before the actual holiday. It makes it so we can all be together and then also with our in-laws later in the week.
This year Amy and Colombo hosted again. It was a lot of good food and good times. With 15 little kids it is crazy, for sure, but its a wonderful crazy that I know we will always remember fondly. All the cousins just adore each other and play really well together.
We also took the opportunity to celebrate the Q4 birthdays. Elizabeth made an adorable cake.
The birthday people: my mom, my dad, Amanda, Nathanael and his mom, my sister.
Joyfully you'll pull up buckets of water from the wells of salvation. And as you do it, you'll say, "Give thanks to God. Call out his name. Ask him anything! Shout to the nations, tell them what he's done, spread the news of his great reputation!