Sunday, December 4, 2016

Thankful lists 2016

I've got to record our Thankful Lists for this year because they are always funny to look back on and because they give a peek into the kids' interests/thoughts at their ages.

Mary Reeves is thankful for:
  1. Our family
  2. Sushi
  3. Elfie
  4. Umi
  5. cloes (clothes)
  6. Christmas
  7. the Reading Fair (which is funny to hear because she cried about it every day for 2 weeks!)
  8. Food Network
  9. TV
  10. School and my teachers
  11. M
  12. Cinnamon rolls that are owey and gewy
  13. BeBe and Pop
  14. Aunt Mary Todd
  15. Kroger
  16. Field trips
  17. Wild rice
  18. Uncle Nick
  19. Aunt Sheri
  20. Jesus
  21. Santa Clause
  22. Daddy
  23. Uncle Chuck
  24. Momma
Murphy is thankful for:
  1. my walkie talkies
  2. Candy
  3. Tee-ball team
  4. Santa Claus
  5. Baseballs
  6. Christmas trees
  7. Paper so we can color
  8. School
  9. Coats and jackets and clothes
  10. that we packed our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes
  11. Pumpkins
  12. Mommy, Daddy, and my whole family
  13. Books
  14. God
  15. the Earth
  16. Cooking
  17. Vitamins
  18. Our dogs
  19. Our cat
  20. Football and sports
  21. Friends
  22. Thanksgiving
  23. Our house
  24. Elfie
Max is thankful for:
  1. the Uncle Nick is in our family
  2. Veggie
  3. Dad
  4. Jesus
  5. Baseball and football games
  6. the Christmas tree that's in the middle of town
  7. that God gives us fresh things to eat
  8. Our family
  9. Mary Reeves
  10. Candy
  11. Popcorn
  12. All my trucks
  13. Carrots
  14. Jesus
  15. Murphy and Mamie
  16. My clothes
  17. Brussel sprouts
  18. My dog
  19. My sleeping bag
  20. Broccoli with Ranch
  21. Mississippi State
  22. Winston's girlfriend's mac n cheese
  23. Mom's college students
  24. Elfie
Mamie is thankful for lots of things too, so she'll do a list next year. This year she would just copy what the others would say.

I'm thankful for these crazy, funny, sweet kiddos! :)

Thanksgiving celebrations

We set off on our Thanksgiving road trip to Nashville and squeezed in a lot of fun in just a couple days.

The first stop as we rolled into town was a quick visit to meet baby Charlie and hug Wendy's neck before they headed out of town. So glad to finally get my hands on him, even though he wasn't so sure about me ha! 
We hit up Aunt Sheri's store for some Christmas shopping. Frosty the Snow Max!
Next stop was Aunt Amy and Uncle Tony's beautiful new home on the lake. The kids loved playing video games in the media room, and we all loved the view! Can't wait to visit this summer to play on the water!
The guys in the family got to check out their first hockey game, cheering on the Nashville Predators.
The boys LOVED it, and they made it the whole game. The Preds won!
Meanwhile, we ladies were lounging and visiting. Mamie made a new friend in Sheri and Chuck's old dog, Chip. She normally screams at anyone who touches her blanket, but Mamie cuddled to Chip and covered him with her blankie. That was big...she literally never shares her blanket! Sweet dog just let her love on him.
We celebrated Turkey Day with the parade, lots of food, family pics, and football. Two of my turkeys!
Love this crew!
So much facial hair...
Mammaw with her great-grands
We all cheered on our fave QB, Dak, as he led the Cowboys to another win. We also played games and were generally lazy. "A family full of naughty jerks!" Nope, Murphy, but good try on Speak Out!
It was a great couple of days in TN! Then we topped it off with more road trip snacks on the way home...DQ for the win!
Back at home, Wes took the boys for their first hunt of the year, and Max's first hunt ever! No deer, but quality time in the woods with Snickers, Dr. Peppers, and the iPad to keep them quiet. :)
After such a fun week off, we didn't want to go back to real life on Monday! But after Thanksgiving festivities were over, Christmas fun was just around corner!

November fun

Apparently I can only document a month when we have flipped the calendar page. :/ But I'll keep at it! November was full and fun, but I guess I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked. Anyway, here are some highlights...

Soccer (finally!) finished up, but Murphy was excited that Pop got to come to town to see him play and score some goals.
We only survived soccer with Mamie thanks to an abundance of Halloween suckers. Wore me out.
The kiddos' lunch times are spaced out perfectly to hit both schools, so I loved having a double lunch day with them. It's so fun to hang with their friends for a few minutes. Blessed with great teachers and classmates!
We enjoyed a couple more football games as the season wound down. My first cousin Charley and his crew came up, and Max loved playing with Cooper.
You'll always find Mamie and Henry near the snacks!
We got more baby Lucy loving! She is a mini Vera Kate!
I didn't go into the Texas A&M game, but chose to stay at the tailgate instead. Bad decision as we beat the then #4 team in a fun game!
We closed down the tailgate after playing from early morning to sunset! Such a fun day on campus with our friends and family!
MR loves when her sissy falls asleep with her. She was tired about tailgating...aren't we all!
The Gordon men had a fun fishing adventure for Pop's 60th bday. Just the three of them probably hadn't spent that much time together like that in years, so it was a fun, special time for all of them. And we got to eat the fish upon their return home!
MR's reading fair board was a source of drama and tears for two weeks leading up to its due date, but we finally finished it up. Whew. She actually won first place in third grade realistic fiction with her board about Grace (the American Girl book). However, I hear science fair is just around the corner. UGH!
M and I got to join Murf for his Thanksgiving lunch at Sudduth. Good food on plastic trays with my fave little kindergartner. He LOVES school!
He has also loved soccer this fall. He has a fun team with a bunch of cute boys. They have done great!
We bundled up for the last home game against Arkansas and spent the day tailgating before heading home to watch the game in the warmth with little friends. Mary Ella, Kate, Mary Reeves, and Mamie had fun together this season!
These boys had fun playing about a million downs of football in the grass behind our tents. Murphy even started crying when I told him he had to tell Carter goodbye for a few months!
We loved watching the game with the Ray crew, M, and Annie. Sweet friends who keep adding little siblings! ha! We are sure going to miss them because we always get spoiled seeing them so much during football season!
Murphy was named Terrific Kid for his class on the last Friday before getting out for Thanksgiving break. He was so pumped! We are proud of our boy!