Thanksgiving, Football (backyard and otherwise!), Birthdays, and "Christmas is Coming Soon"...
But before we get to the Photo Overload that is coming up, join with me in wishing a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful husband, Gary!!!!!!!! He is 42 today (which means I can say for the rest of the year--at least until August--that he is three years older than me! lol). Gary is a WONDERFUL husband and an INCREDIBLE father and he deserves the best day ever!!!! So give him a big shout-out right here in my comments section, and then go to his blog right HERE and wish him a Happy Birthday there too!!
Thank you for that!!!
Now...how about some pictures of the event-packed last four days? We did Thanksgiving at Gary's grandmothers' house, at my parents' house, celebrated Gary's birthday with both sets of relatives, did some Christmas activities at church, and just generally ate MORE food than is pretty much humanly possible! (And, oh yeah, we cheered heartily for Alabama only to see them lose in the Iron Bowl! Yuck!).
So here are some of my favorite pics from our Thanksgiving celebrations (we took a TON more pictures than this, so be glad this is all I'm sharing with you all!)
First off was a visit to Gary's Gan Gan's house. We had wonderful food (look at that big ole plate full! yumm!!) and some great time with cousins and parents and grandparents. Nothing better than that!
At my Mom and Dad's, we enjoyed more food and time with family. But we also spent some quality time outdoors. It was a gorgeous day and the trees were still pretty and colorful. A good time for family photos and some backyard football!
It also was quite chilly during a lot of the weekend, so we dug out the logs for the first time this season. And with a fire raging, we enjoyed Scrabble and Chess (sorry, no pics of it!).
We also enjoyed an Iron Bowl party together with the girls' friends. (Well, I use the word "enjoy" loosely, since Bama lost!! ugh!!! But...we did have fun eating some more, and getting all decked out in our Bama attire!)
We celebrated Gary's birthday two times already. Yesterday was spent at our house with Gary's family. Look at that disaster of a cake I made!! (But it tasted GOOD!! Homemade chocolate sour cream frosting!!)
And now we are getting ready for Christmas! We had our annual Family Christmas Tree Decorating at church last night. It included singing Christmas carols and songs--including "The Twelve Days of Christmas" complete with motions (provided by what I call the "Three Blondes a Singin').
And our Christmon trees appeared in our sanctuary. I love them!
I hope all of you had a WONDERFULLY BLESSED Thanksgiving holiday!! I have missed coming by your blogs, but have been very busy. I am going to spend some time today trying to catch up, though (in between washing the massive amounts of clothes that have piled up over the long vacation, and working on three articles due by the end of the week! lol)
Love you all, and see you soon!!!