The Best Holiday Since Kids…

We were honestly blessed with one of THE BEST Thanksgivings ever!  This was the first holiday that Brad and I have been able to "enjoy" since before the pregnancy.  Let me explain that statement.  It’s not that we haven’t had any joy in celebrating holidays with family over the past 2 years, but it’s been much more on the work side than on the kick back, eat a warm meal, actually take part in conversation, stay for more than one "feeding" side.  And prior to that I was on house-arrest bedrest for the holiday season. There is welcomed freedom with toddlerhood! 

We kicked back in C-town on Thursday and were surprised by my oldest brother and his wife being our guests of honor.  My sister’s family flew them in from Florida at the last minute so the 17 of us could be together!  Here’s some picture highlights from the holiday weekend.


The boys had their feast before AND after the Thanksgiving dinner.  (They’re growing boys!)  Isaac and Clark insisted on wearing their pilgrim hats for most of the day.


Henry giving Brooks the "Don’t even think about stealing my turkey" look. The pumpkin bread was their favorite.


While the boys took their afternoon nap, we gathered around and enjoyed some FINE cooking thanks to my sis and sis-in-law. (We gave my mom the year off and since our fam had been soooo sick leading up to Turk Day, I got outta cooking too!) I owe you girls!  =)


My mom was thrilled to have all her kids around one table. (Brad was behind the camera.)


Henry soakin’ up some warm Florida lovin’ from Auntie Blanca.


Isaac looking soooo stinkin’ sweet in my sister’s specks.


My mom playing Wii. Caught on camera. She even jumped when she got a spare!  I just about lost it!


Henry reading to Grampa Tom over the weekend.


And here’s a comparison shot from last year with Brad’s family just for fun! 

We are sooooo thankful for our families and look forward to more memories with you this season! 

14 thoughts on "The Best Holiday Since Kids…"

  1. Rachael says:

    it looks like you all had a wonderful thanksgiving, and you got some great pictures! the ones of the boys enjoying their meal are so cute! my three love pumpkin bread as well, they just adore it!

  2. Watching my parents play Wii for the first time was sooo funny! I gotta get my grandma to play, that would be hilarious!!

    The boys look so cute and I love the pics with everyone around the table. You obviously have much to be thankful for and you are always such a wonderful testament of gratefulness!

    Looking forward to what cute gear they will be sportin’ for Christmas.

    Veronica in CA

  3. Oh, Jen! Those hats are too cute. Did you make those your crafty self? It looks like a beautiful day with a beautiful family! Love to all of you! Mari

  4. Suzanne says:

    loved seeing the thanksgiving pics—made me feel like i was right there with you guys! (wishful thinking) the boys were SO cute in their hats! omg. glad you had a good one!

  5. Anonymous says:

    OH MY GOOOODNESS, how CUUUTE is Isaac with those glasses?!!! HOW sweet, Jen!! I BET they enjoyed that yummy turkey!! How exciting of a Family!! I’m so GLAD you were better before Thanksgiving, bless your heart..!! I sincerely had prayed a prayer for you to be better. I know how miserable it is to feel sooo sick!! Take Care guys! ~Sioby~

  6. Andria says:

    So nice to get to sit at that huge table full of thankfullness. And you didn’t even sit at the end of the table for easy access to kids! Wow!

  7. Brandi says:

    Glad you had such a wonderful holiday! Loved the pilgrim hats, and the pic with Isaac with the glasses! The black&whites; were wonderful. Thanks for sharing Jen!

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  9. looks like a very memorable weekend! wish i could’ve come too 🙂

  10. Glad you all had one of the best holidays! It is so cool to read that! Look foward to more holiday festivities!!!

  11. wsr says:

    I’ve been following your blog a long time I came upon through my cousins blog donovan quads. We also had a battle with inferlity for 4 yrs and finally were blessed with a healthy little boy in 2005

  12. So glad it was such a great day (and that you’re all feeling better, too!). Amazing to look back at last year’s photo to see how much the boys have grown and changed!!

  13. Adorable! Love the pilgram hats!

  14. AWWWW, Your boys are just tooo cute!!!

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