There are no words for just how thankful we are. We feel so lucky to have been blessed with these kiddos that literally light up our lives. They keep us on our toes yet fill our hearts with so much love at the same time. Kayla has the biggest heart and is so smart, I’m sure she will be running circles around us by the time she’s 12. Cameron is playful yet sensitive and also too smart for his own good. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the both of them and will enjoy every moment as they continue to grow.
We’re always thankful for our beautiful friends and family as well. And this year we’re extra thankful for the little ones who have joined us just this Thanksgiving as well as the ones still on the way! It’s so beautiful to see families grow and watch friends become mommies and daddies. Watching them discover this new kind of love is so special and just warms the heart.
This year was our first time participating in Burbank’s annual Turkey Trot thanks to some last minute convincing by my mom. Her, Steven, Kayla, Cameron and I all finished the 5K. I was dreading the early rise on Thanksgiving morning but once we got there, I had so much fun. From the warm-up led by an energetic lady dressed as a turkey to crossing the finish line with my family. It was so funny watching Cameron weave in and out of the crowd as he ran down the street in his oversized shirt. Kayla ran like we’ve never seen before. We brought a jogger for both kids but she was only in it maybe 10 minutes because she wanted to run her little heart out. I loved crossing the finish line with her and she was so proud to get her medal. We will definitely be back next year!
So, I usually get the kids’ Thanksgiving outfits in July or August but somehow this year, I forgot! These photos were so last-minute yet definitely my favorite Thanksgiving photos I’ve taken yet. It was the Sunday before Thanksgiving and I literally ran to Target while Kayla was at gymnastics and grabbed this outfit and let Cams pick his out. He picked this fox sweater and was so happy to put it on for pictures. Kayla liked her shirt and skirt but looked at the shoes and said, “I am NOT wearing those”. She claimed they were Easter shoes, but I got her to wear them with a little convincing. She is very particular about what she wears these days. She has been wearing dresses every single day since she started Kindergarten. She will not wear pants, shorts or even skirts. I’m not sure the reason but as long as she’s not insisting on going naked, I’ll take it 😉 Thank goodness for front yards, a “give thanks” banner in the garage and that my mom had made a beautiful arrangement for her living room table. It all worked out in the end!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now, on to Christmas!!!
Psssst – I’ve been listening to Christmas music since before Thanksgiving and our lights are all up, along with a giant Olaf. I love this time of year 🙂
This is a throwback to that time I forgot to post our Thanksgiving update. Our thanksgiving was wonderful although we were missing two very important men at our table. Uncle Jason who is currently stationed in Iraq and Uncle Bunny who moved and started his career in Nebraska. Cameron was indeed in “feast mode”, as is the norm for him. He loves to eat and will try anything once. Kayla stuck to turkey, a tiny bit of macaroni, maybe tasted some marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes and smelled a roll. World’s pickiest eater.
It was also our first Thanksgiving without my grandmother, or as the kids called her, “doo-doo”. Her presence was very much missed but her macaroni and cheese and cheese potatoes live on in our hearts and tummies forever. I know she was there in spirit, with her glass of wine, sampling all the food before the guests arrived and telling inappropriate jokes. We miss you grandma and will never forget your overwhelmingly loving heart, sense of humor and stubborn will 😉 Salut!
So of course we are extra thankful this year, we have two beautiful blessings now! It was Cameron’s first Thanksgiving and unlike his sister, he loves food. He enjoyed sweet potato, mashed potatoes and pumpkin. Even with two kids, we managed to make three stops to visit family and friends. It was such a wonderful day filled with lots of love and laughter.
Kayla also had a Thanksgiving event at school where she wrote on her leaf that she was “thankful for her momma”. She just melts my heart. But if you ask her in person she says she’s thankful for her Daddy, Mommy, Cameron, Rocko and Nonna. She loves her little brother so much. She was so happy to see their matching shirts and loved that Cameron’s said thankful for his big sister and vice versa. She actually snuggles up to him and kisses him in our pictures all on her own, I never even ask her to. It’s the cutest thing ever. Although there are definitely times when she’s snatching his favorite toy out of his hand or singing extra loud when he’s sleeping in his car seat right next to her. But hey, that’s what big sisters are for…I should know 😉
Hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving as well!
Christmas pictures have already been taken and can’t wait to share!!!