Monday, December 28, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because it's steeped in traditions -- some old like serving my Grandma Marie's sour cherry pie while others are relatively new like playing cut-throat  BINGO for a chance to have your name engraved on a wooden moose that poops jelly beans. Three years ago my sister and her family moved to Colorado, but they always make a point to visit us on Thanksgiving. Now that we see each other but once a year I feel my niece and nephews are growing at warp speed. Her oldest is as tall as me! How did that happen? Her middle child is now interested in helping out in the kitchen. Say what? And her youngest has found his voice and become a bit of a comedian. I could waste my time focused on the time I don't have with them but instead I choose to focus on the fun memories we shared with the precious time we've been given.
Highs to remember:
* Olivia sharing her budding culinary skills with us.
* Seeing Natalie follow Olivia around like an adoring puppy.
* Sharing in some competitive fun with Hayden while playing washers.
* Watching Noah and Griffin engaged in a friendly Nerf war
* Griffin happy to be Noah's "assistant" while the two put together several LEGO sets.

Dig in!
Natalie, Grandma Mary and Hayden
The Gang (minus my brother and his family)

LEGO partners in crime.

This year's winner!

We started a new tradition of doing crafts together. This year the girls made boxes of elf donuts

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