Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turkey Weekend

We woke up Thanksgiving morning to two little bluebirds perched on the railing outside of our kitchen window. They were soaking up the sunshine on a blustery cold morning. The beautiful little birds hung out there for over 30 minutes. Cody dressed up as a little Indian boy for school. Right down to the turkey feather in his head band. He made this shirt last year for preschool Thanksgiving party, so we were able to recycle this year.
This year we hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the Peterson Family at our house. I agreed to cook the turkey and dressing (neither of which I had ever done before). We had our 4, Jim, Lori, and their 3 girls, Dave, Donna, Granny, Grandpa, Aunt Francis, and Uncle Jerry. It was wonderful! My first oven baked turkey turned out perfect- thanks to my Grandmama's turkey recipe passed down by mom. I also used her stuffing recipe, with a twist from a lady at work whose grandma made stuffing balls every Thanksgiving. They turned out delicious! I know my Grandmama was smiling down from heaven on our first attempt at a large family gathering.
1st Thanksgiving at our house was a success.
Lori, Jim, and Granny
Grandpa and Jerry are too busy eating their delicious meal to pause for a picture.
Uncle Jerry and Aunt Francis
The cousins having fun with weaponry on the basement stairwell.

Abbi, Makinna, and Cody.

Look out turkey. Cody has his eye on you. Jim and Ben feeling the pain of a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and relax to a game of football.
Caleb and Abbi battling it out on Lego Batman Wii.
Everyone left before it got dark that evening. Thanksgiving night around 8 or 9 pm Caleb noticed it was snowing outside. Our first snow of the year! Nice size snow flakes fell down, but they didn't amount to much. We still had a little dusting left in the morning. We drove to Henderson to see Mom, Bill, and Kevin Friday morning while all the crazy shoppers were out and about. I usually shop with my brother and we laugh at all the lunatics fighting over gifts and standing in lines for hours. But we usually end up with several bargains ourselves. We weren't really in the mood this year and the ads were not up to par with deals this year.
Cody was excited to see the Pilgrim hat desserts that Shyanne had made for Thanksgiving. Uh, I think you are supposed to eat those, not wear them Cody.
Clint brought Heath and Paige over to play on Saturday.

The cousins had a ball together. What a bunch of rambuntious monkeys!
Look at this precious boy! I could just eat him up, he is so sweet.
Love the holidays with family :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

All Hallows' Eve

The Petitt's pulled off another fantastic Halloween party this year. They dressed in a Scooby Doo theme. Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, and the Phantom greeted us at the door when we arrived.
I went as a witch, Ben was a redneck, Cody a skeleton, and Caleb a werewolf. I think it would be fun if we dressed together as a family theme next year. But that is so hard to do with 2 strong willed little boys, who get their mind set on something and nothing will change it.
Oh no! Cody is stuck in a giant spider web!
Fred and Bubba Joe shooting the bull. They certainly don't look like the types to hang out with each other, but opposites attract.
We had a very busy Halloween weekend. Our church had a trunk-or-treat Saturday afternoon. The kids got to go bobbing for apples. Cody would bob with his feet in the air, teetering on the edge of the bucket trying to sink his teeth into the apple or grab it by the stem.

Victory! He looked like a drowned rat by the time he was done. This little guy is very persistent.

Caleb managed to snag his without getting too wet.
That night we went to a couple of other churches to trunk-or-treat safely with the Petitts. Then Sunday, actual Halloween, we trick or treated on Jefferson Street (downtown Paducah). It was wall to wall kids, teenagers, and parents lined up at every house and down the street. Christy and I were a bit nervous that we would lose track of the boys. We ended up meeting up with Kelly Atnip and her clan, so we had an extra set of adult eyes watching the kiddos. Jefferson St. goes all out for Halloween. Houses are decorated to the tee, the candy distributors are dressed in costume, some houses have games to play, haunted houses to go through, themes like Peter Pan. It was cool to see the Halloween spirit in that neighborhood.