Thursday, December 15, 2011


After four years of hosting Thanksgiving at our house, my sister graciously offered to host, since they now have room to do so. We had a great time! It was the three of us, plus my sister and her husband and daughter, plus our other sister, plus my aunt and her friend. We ate good food and enjoyed each other's company. Good times! Of course, we have to post pictures of the event.

First off, the turkey. I used a turkey oven bag a couple years ago and have decided it's such an easy way to go, and the turkey ends up beautiful, brown, and juicy:

Me and Joshua, anxiously waiting for Uncle Rich to finish carving the turkey and Aunt Brianne to finish with...something (you can see them both in the background):
Our table! Everyone looks so thrilled to have their picture taken...

After dinner, Cody and Joshua played Wii Swordfighting (or whatever it's called). Basically, they throw an object in front of you and you're supposed to slash it a certain way. Cody used a Wii remote and Joshua used his cousin's stuffed giraffe:

Me and my love:

Our family!

The Lees:

The girls! L-R: Brianne, Maggie, Kirsti, Carina, and Jan:


It was a fun day. Thanks to Kirsti for hosting and thanks to everyone for spending time with us. I know it's a little late, but I just want to say, for the record, that I am thankful for my family, my God, and my new life. It's been amazing.

Snow Day!

I'm really behind on blogging. I've had a bunch of pictures that I've been saving and thinking, "I need to write a blog post about such-and-such event and post these pictures." Well, I'm finally buckling down to it, thanks to a little downtime at work (gotta love finals week! It's dead around here!).

So! We had our first (and pretty much only REAL) snowfall a few weeks ago, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It wasn't much, but enough that Joshua wanted to go outside and play for a little while. Here he is all bundled up beforehand:

See, there really wasn't a ton of snow to speak of...and it was rather wet snow...but to a 3-year-old, it was magical.
Probably his favorite part was walking around making footprints.

He made a snowman! You may have to look really, really closely to see it. But it's there.

The snow was so wet and easily compactible (is that even a word) that it just kept sticking to my boots, to the point where I was suddenly 4-6 inches taller. Platform boots, anyone?

He played so hard that, by the time we got back inside, that kid was SWEATY. And I just love those rosy cheeks.

We haven't had much snow since then, and certainly nothing that has stuck longer than an hour or two, but it was still pretty fun. I'm sure we'll be sick of snow eventually.