Thanksgiving Weekend

Every year at this time, we not only celebrate Thanksgiving and that our kids come home from across the miles, but also Nick’s birthday.  Nick was 40 years old on November 26th!  A nice surprise this year was that my mom and dad drove up to see us all as well.  It was a wonderful time together.

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, I took Jenny, Addie, and Gunnar to see “Little Red Riding Hood” at the Old Log Theater.  It was okay, but not as good as “Cinderella” last year.

When we got back to Victoria, there was snow on the ground and Gunner went hunting again.

Hi, Gunnar.

Allan and Chris spent the day putting up sheetrock in the loft of the detached garage.  It got a little dusty.

I think it’s going to be Allan’s treehouse.  It now has heating and air conditioning too.

Chris checks his email and work on stuff in the morning and he doesn’t really appreciate the camera catching him in his jammies, but Jenny and Gunnar don’t mind.

Miss Adeline plays with all of the Barbie Doll paraphernalia at Grandma Sue’s house.

Our family seems to spend a lot of time on the floor.

My mom and dad came Sunday morning while we were all at church.  Jenny is showing them some of Chris’ projects in Tioga.  She also showed them a video of Addie’s skit from a recent talent show.

Sophie is showing Great Grandma Betty how Santa Claus sings and dances on the table.

It was a kind of a long song … “Oh, you better watch out, you better not shout, you better not pout I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.  He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when …”

A hug for Sophie.

Addie shows Grandma Betty some creatures on the iPad, including Talking Tom.

Talking Tom repeats everything he hears, in a voice like Alvin the Chipmunk.

It made Grandma Betty laugh.

In this picture, Mia is making everybody laugh.

Guess what Sophie is looking at.

The hunter kid.

Addie was still studying Grandma’s toy catalog to pick out a few of her favorite things.  “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens …”

Same with Mia.

The men are having a conversation all their own.

Time for another Dora movie.

From the very curly to the very straight, it’s simply Sophie and Mia’s fate.

Getting candles ready for Nick’s birthday cake.

Mom and Jenny both have their cameras out.

Actually, Jenny has been using her iPhone and her pictures are a little blurry.

Looks like it’s time to open presents.

I gave Nick polo shirts and button dress shirts for work.

Jenny gave her brother a picture of them when she and Nick were little, in a Scrabble frame, since they play Scrabble every day, texting to each other.  I didn’t get a picture of it.

Jenny also gave Nick a pillow with a saying on it that went something like, “I’m laughing because you are my brother and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Sophie and Mia love their daddy.

They took turns blowing out the candles.

Sophie shows Grandma Betty a little Strawberry Shortcake house that she filled plump full of Strawberry Shortcake figures.  Grandma Sue collected them for years, long ago.

Sophie also wanted to show Great Grandpa Joe.

Mia gives Grandpa Al a hug before she leaves.

Mia also walked over to Grandpa Joe to say goodbye.

And they hugged each other tight.  Thank you for coming, Mom and Dad.

Love, Susan