Super Laid Back Thanksgiving

Super Laid Back Thanksgiving

We had a super laid back Thanksgiving.

We started with a dinner with Tyler’s family before the holiday began. We love to meet up at a Mexican place in their town (about 25 minutes away from us), and what a surprise….more family was in town, so we had a big old table.

Remi is loving cousin Hattie being more alert and sitting up. And it was great to see cousin Rashelle.


It’s blurry of Remi, but I love Uncle Joe’s smile here. He’s had a hard year, losing his best friend (Tyler’s grandpa) and his wife, sweet Aunt Verlene.  But he’s doing well, and I just loved seeing him smile as Remi played with him.


On Thanksgiving, we actually let Jeff’s Clubhouse (a local restaurant) do most of the cooking, buying their meal package. We still made some desserts and sides, but they made the turkey, dressing, macaroni and mashed potatoes. It was weird but great to not wake up early and start cooking.

Instead, we hung out in our pajamas and watched the parade!


Mimi and Gigi came over early, so we all hung out. Remi got horse rides on Gigi…


And she danced with Mimi…


And what’s a holiday without some forbidden food? She LOVES butter (comes by it honest, I used to try to eat butter as a kid!), so Mimi let her take a bite out of the stick! ha!


We ate our meal and then played some Candyland! It’s fun that she’s getting big enough for game time.


We ended the evening just being together- watching movies at home.


On Friday, we helped Mimi put up her Christmas tree and did some more snuggling and relaxing.


These two in their matching hats was precious. Love them!


I also spent some time basking in the beauty of our Christmas tree.


We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving as well! We have MUCH to be thankful for!

Friendsgiving 2019

Friendsgiving 2019

Our group of friends threw out the idea for a Friendsgiving, and Tara jumped on it. She said she always envisioned a long table down the middle of her living room, so that’s just what she did!

Rebecca awed us all with this GIANT charcuterie spread (which covered the end of the countertop!) We could have stopped here and all been happy.


Tara set the cutest kid’s table with markers (which Remi TATTLED on Lillian, “She’s writing on the table!” haha…it’s ok Remi!).


And any party at their house involves getting out the lizards (or as Remi calls them, the dinosaurs!)


We had a whole table of desserts in the living room…


And her super cute banner in the living room!


A perfect table setting with our names on our places.


The boys played nerf guns and video games, while the girls tore up Amelia’s room with toys. But crazy enough, we didn’t really hear any bickering from them!


It was a perfect night of food, laughter and friendship.


It is such a blessing to have friends to do life with, and we have so much to be grateful for!

Turkey Day 2018!

Turkey Day 2018!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Remi had a bit of a bug all week, but inbetween some bouts of not feeling great, she was a happy, easy kid.

Our family came up from Hot Springs Wednesday evening, so we got lots of time with our people. (Sadly, Tyler’s grandpa was in the hospital, so Nancy was gone for most of it).

Remi got LOTS of cousin play time. She loves her KK, Gavvy and Luke! They colored, played Play Doh, and watched movies.


This year, I decided to try something new with the turkey. I used Alton Brown’s roast turkey brine and roasting method and it was GOOD. Everyone loved it- and I think I’m the new turkey cook.


Remi liked watching them carve the turkey and the was ready to EAT EAT.


We had a great meal and then Carl (my Nene’s boyfriend) made us balloon animals. Remi is still talking about all the dogs and swords Carl made for her!


She’s a lucky little girl to have her great grandma in her life!


After the meal, our family headed back to Hot Springs (well, Nene and Carl stayed the night) and we helped put up Mimi’s Christmas tree!

We are so thankful for all of our blessings! For God’s love, for family, for our health, our jobs, our home, our friends, for great teachers for Remi- it was a season of thankfulness for sure!

Thanksgiving with Papa

Thanksgiving with Papa

We had our annual Thanksgiving dinner at my dad’s nursing home (if you’re new here, dad is pretty advanced with Alzhiemer’s.  And for what it’s worth, he’s 30 years older than my mom….people get confused when they see them together).

His nursing home does a GREAT job with these family nights. The food is actually good and they do sweet decorations and even give Remi a sweet toy!

Remi was looking SO BIG wearing last year’s Thanksgiving outfit.

She loves to see Papa and just runs around the nursing home. She goes on parade, waving at all the people. It’s so fun.

Dad started out pretty sleepy but ended up eating well and laughing at Remi while she sat with him and danced and giggled.

Papa got LOTS of hugs from this sweet girl.

And for comparison sake, here is our little turkey last year and this year. SO big!