Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Cousin Sleepover

 Five of the cousins playing. Holly, Lucy, Maddie, Sabrina and Izzie.

 Watching a movie on Grandma's bed.

 Time for bed in the playroom.

 Grandma telling a goodnight story.

 And kissing them each good night. It took awhile to get them all down to sleep, but finally they were out!

 Uncle John with lots of love.

Lunch on the back porch. Sabrina had this planned months in advance. She wanted to treat the girls to McDonalds. Problem was, she didn't tell anyone except Maddie and Izzie about this plan. So when Grandma went to make grilled cheese sandwiches she was a bit upset. But McDonald's was quickly ordered and Sabrina got to have the perfect ending to the sleepover she had planned for a very long time!


 Back in Dallas after our visit to College Station, Jackie and Tom pulled out a bucket from the attic that was full of old building blocks and super heroes from John's childhood. The girls were in heaven. They love superheroes and had a really fun time sorting through some old ones.

 Sabrina got in some of the fun with Izzie.

 Sabrina, Maddie and Izzie playing together.

 Maddie and Sabrina playing ipad. This is what cousins do together these days.

 Maddie, Sabrina, Izzie, Sammy, Holly and Lucy.

 Sabrina, Holly, Izzie and Maddie.

 Grandma prepping up the crescent rolls for the Thanksgiving feast.

 Nanny looking at Black Friday sale catalogs with Julie. She was outraged at "prices these days!"

 Family everywhere.

 This is entitled... "Find the Brother-in-Law." Cody climbed way, way up in this tree. It wasn't that long ago that his health wouldn't let him do something like this, due to Lymes disease. I'm very thankful we have our adventurous and fun loving Cody back.

 We did make him use a ladder to get down though.

 Grandpa's car, ever popular with the grandkids.

 Nanny making the official gravy.

 Jackie surveying the feast. Sammy ready to dig in.

Grandma, Dana, Nanny and Sammy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving in Texas part 1

Maddie, John and Izzie at the Portland airport, we are on our way to Texas!

Izzie and Momma.

We arrived and Nanny was waiting at Jackie and Tom's for us! She missed her girls and they missed her.

You know who else was missed? Sabrina! The "triplets" were reunited. Sabrina brought her Barbie house to Grandma's to show it to Maddie and Izzie. She'd shown it to them on Skype and couldn't wait to show it to them in person.

Maddie, Sabrina and Izzie... I guess this is how cousins play these days, huddled around an iPad.

John brought a Lego Playstation game and the kids all had a great time playing it.

We spent one night at Jackie's and then hit the road to spend a couple nights at Mema and Pepaw's house. Mema and Maddie haing out on the porch.

Mema got invited to a coloring party!

Mema trying to do Izzie's word search puzzle.

Big Twins and Little Twins! Izzie, Daylyn, Darian and Maddie.

Daylyn and her Daddy Darrin. Say that ten times fast.

The have their own little table.

Izzie reading a book to everyone on Mema's bed.

She was quiet offended when the little twins wandered off half way through the book. I had to remind her that they were younger and their attention span wasn't as long as hers.

John reunited once again with Freebirds. Oh how many burritos were eaten here during college....

We have to keep a close eye on Mema. She has pretty bad back problems but if she's feeling even slightly okay, she over does it, which leads to more back problems! In less than a blink of an eye she was up on this cabinet! We were talking about some old dishes and she thought she still had one, so she jumped up to get it down. Rhonda is trying to get her down carefully.

The girls are old enough to play in Mema and Pepaw's "Big Backyard." I spent many many hours exploring around their property when I was their age!

Maddie, Rhonda and Izzie.

Pepaw showing everyone an old family photo album.

Right before we left I wanted to do an impromptu family portrait. So, we weren't exactly dressed for it and I hadn't done my hair or make up, but I still love it. Pepaw, John, Mema, Me, Maddie and Izzie.

Rhonda, Pepaw, Mema and Me.