Saturday, November 25, 2006

Food, Family, Fun, Fall . . .
and a little bit of Football (Backyard style!)
(and a lot of photos!!)

Well, this could be a record! I haven't blogged in three days--and I've been missing it (as well as visiting and hearing from my other blog friends out there) . . . but the holiday had us all very busy! But now that I've had my share of visiting with relatives until Christmas and have eaten more food than a 125-pound woman should possibly try to consume . . . I'm back!

Thanksgiving was so nice this year! A chance to see relatives (like new baby cousins and a grandmother who came in from Texas), get a few days rest from work, laugh and have a good time (playing backyard football and jumping in leaves), and--of course!!--eat way more than I needed to (my grandmother and Gary's grandmother are both amazing cooks, so we had the best turkey, dressing, vegetables, and pies. And, our Texas tradition--barbecue brisket!) Just a wonderful chance to take it easy for a day and ENJOY life!

Here are some pics from our celebrations, starting first with Thursday's time at Gan Gan's house . . .

Sydney quickly figured out the meaning of this holiday (Gary's dad tried to give her some pieces of turkey and she pointed at the leg and said she wanted THAT) . . .



Our newest cousin--sweet little Zac (is he not so cute??) . . .



Gary's Mom and Aunt Bert . . .



The leaves were TOO tempting to not go play in them . . .











Eating again? (yep, we ALL did that!) . . .



And a few scenes from the Friday gathering at my parents' house . . .



Learning from a master (McKenna with my mom) . . .



Nothing like a game of backyard football to work off SOME of those sweet potato pie calories . . .







The light and the colors were perfect for some portraits . . .





Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday as well! And now . . . here comes Christmas, whether we're ready or not!

(Oh, and by the way--PRETTY PLEASE go to my sweet hubby's blog--CLICK HERE--, and wish Gary a very happy birthday. Sunday, the 26th, is his birthday and I sure do love him a whole lot!!)

22 comments:

Kelly said...

Hi Cheryl,

Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving. That's an awesome picture of your family. It was great to see a picture of your parents (it has been 26 years!).

I'm enjoying your blog. It is so much fun!

Miss 1999 said...

Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving! What wonderful pics! :0)

Disney Scrapper said...

Looks like a great time was had by all. Happy belaed Thanksgiving.

Carol said...

Great pics! Thanks for sharing them! (The boys are so cute!)

maria said...

WOw, gorgeous pictures! What an awesome family! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Jenn said...

Your pictures are incredible!! Now, Christmas will be right around the corner!! have a great week!!

NMOTB said...

Hi there, wow you guy's sure had fun this thanksgiving - love the pics of the family and ofcourse scout just steals the show!!!! on my way to wish G happy happy!

Cheryl Wray said...

Oh Kelly--It's hard for me to believe sometimes that it's been that long since we've seen each other, but isn't email and blogs great. Now we can keep in touch! And Mom and Dad are great!
Miss and DS-Thanks! I hope you both had great Thanksgivings too!
Carol--Thanks! Yep, they look so much like Christopher!
Maria, Jenn--Thanks! We had a wonderful time!
NM--Yep, Scout stole the show AS ALWAYS!!!

Cinderella said...

I loveeeeeeee the pictures!!! Especially the last one!! Family photos like that are so precious!!

I also loved the football action shots! A game of ball with the family, how can life get any better than that?

Wonderful pics!

Tammy said...

Happy Turkey and Happy Birthday - love your pics!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day!!!

Anonymous said...

Great blog and great pictures! I'll come back, for sure.

beadinggalinMS said...

Great pictures for a wonderful holiday!

Amanda said...

These are great pics! Looks wonderful. We were so blessed with some beautiful weather and great family time. SO MUCH FUN, I was kind of bummed out to get of bed today and back to real life! God bless you!

Tawnya said...

Cheryl,
What fun photos of your time together as a family! :)

Yes, now time for Christmas... gosh I cant believe it...

Hope you have a great week!

Andy said...

looks like a great time. the pictures are so fun. i love the one of your little girl eating the turkey leg, football looks like fun and the portraits are great. Christmas is just around the corner. here we go.

NMOTB said...

:-)

Phats said...

Cheryl,
Looks like a lot of fun! Glad you had a great thanksgiving. Were you two teams for backyard football divided into Bama and Auburn?

Heard you fired your coach, surprised?

Silent One ~D~ said...

awesome photos... sounds like you had some good times with the family.

Cheryl Wray said...

Cinder--Yes, it was so nice to have family together! I had my Grandma and an uncle come from Texas, which was great!
Tammy--Thanks! yes, it was a wonderful time!
Amanda--It was like 65 on Thanksgiving Day! So nice!
Tawnya and Andy--Yep, Christmas is almost here! Yikes!!! I've done almost nothing!!!
Phats--That's so funny you say that! I actually think the teams were Alabama and Texas A&M (one of my cousins is actually an Aggie fan. Yuck!). No, not really surprised at Shula's firing. But not done really in the right way--our Athletic Dept. is INEPT!!
D--Thanks! Yes, a great time!

melanie said...

excellent photos! looks like you had a wonderful time, and a good looking family to boot!

thanksf or sharing them.

melissa said...

wow looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :) love all your pictures

Renee said...

Glad to hear (and see) that you had a great Thanksgiving. WOnderful pictures!