We had a fun-filled Thanksgiving break last week- I think the best part is that we got to spend time with both sides of the family without having to travel at all!
Colby, Clara, and I kicked off the break by going to see "The Star" with Allison, Davis, and Avery the afternoon before Thankgsiving. It's a (cartoon) movie about the birth of Jesus (as told by the animals) and while it wasn't the most amazing kids' movie ever, it was a cute way of telling the story in a way the kids could appreciate.
That evening, Brian and Colby held down the fort at home (read: ate pizza and played video games) while Clara and I headed out to accomplish an important Thanksgiving Eve task: mailing our Christmas cards!
Thanksgiving morning was spent meeting up with Allison for a walk (preemptive calorie burning) and then decorating for Christmas. We let the twins help up until it was time to put ornaments on the tree and after about 15 seconds of letting them be involved, we wisely turned on a show to distract them while we took care of business. Don't worry- I still let them hang their own (non-breakable) ornaments at the end :)
We spent the rest of the day at Brian's parents' house and despite the fact that their power was out for 6 hours (thankfully the turkey had already been cooked the day before!), we still had a great time. We did a few photo shoots, plenty of eating, and spent plenty of time outside thanks to the perfect weather.
I kind of love Colby's crazy eyes in this pic!
(We took this while Brian was heating up all of the bigger dishes on the grill!)
The original Joiner clan (Don, Terrie, Shannon, & Brian)
The twinkies with Mimi and Granddaddy
We spent Friday visiting with my parents, who were briefly in town, and bravely doing a little bit of Black Friday shopping, where I finally purchased a crossbody purse, which, as some of you know, I've been obsessing about for several weeks now.
Brian and his dad spent Saturday morning knocking out a project in the yard: basically we had this one area where the dog houses sat that had no grass in it and served primarily as a digging area for the dogs. The top "before" pic is after we moved the dog houses and leveled out the dirt. The bottom "after" pic is with the new pavers Brian and his dad put in:
We ended the day with dinner with some friends and much to the twins' delight, a slumber party with Avery.
Though Sunday was a little warmer than I prefer for November, the weather was pretty nice, so we spent most of the post-church day playing outside and trying to pretend we didn't have to go back to work/school the next day. It was the perfect low-key day to wrap up our break.
This weekend we'll be in full swing with Christmas activities, complete with visiting Santa, a Christmas dance performance for Clara, and co-hosting my annual cookie exchange with friends. 'Tis the season!