Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thankful for Thanksmas

Time flies, eh?  Sheesh!  What a fun weekend - fun but exhausting!  Wednesday morning, the turkey fun all started with a little contest between my friend at work and myself over our boys' lunches.  They both ended up fabulously awesome.
She won, with the amazing fruit by the foot corn cob.  That thing was impressive.
Ethan and I were pretty proud of our Pilgrim and Native American donut holes.  They were pretty cute.  The pilgrim donuts were dipped in chocolate for the hair, and then fruit by the foot made their hat-thingys.  The Native Americans had cut up fruit rollup headresses.  Too cool.  I enjoyed the cheese leaves too!
We left as soon as possible after school to head to Cole's house.  It was supposed to take us 3 hours, but traffic was horrendous and it took us 4 and a half.  By the time we got there, the boys were ready for some cousin fun.
And Cole was excited to see them too!
They played for a while and off to bed we all went.  The next morning we had some cute pancakes for breakfast.....
And since the eyes were chocolate chips, the boys kept asking for more eyeballs please!
There was quite the wiled rumpuss up in our room, on the big foam mattress.
Add in a light saber, and you've got a party!
The boys also enjoyed playing with every single one of Cole's toys.  This drum was particularly obnoxious, but since we bought it for him, I guess I can't complain....
There was lots of snuggling and watching movies together...
And it wouldn't be a holiday without some cute art project....
Naps were important and much needed - though Ethan spent the time with me learning how to make PowerPoint presentations.
My favorite thing was when Cole squirmed around until he had a hold of his bellybutton-  it's his best friend.,
Ethan thoroughly enjoyed playing on the computer and made an awesome star wars book, complete with this cool author's photo....
We had a delicious feast and then it was time to bring in a little Thanksmas.....  The tree was up and the boys loved decorating - though everything was about 3 feet tall...
Angie even let the new baby put up an ornament with her (in utero).
I could not believe how focused Lucas was.  He took his job very seriously....  And really enjoyed it.
The boys were all smiles - and are now much easier to bribe for pictures with sweets!  Way easier!
We watched this movie a few times....  Knew it was pushing it when Lucas was able to tell us when we needed to start singing along to help Santa get his sled up!
The next morning it was time for Thanksmas itself!
We like getting to play Santa and filling each other's stockings!
The boys were super excited to see their transformers!  Poor Grandpa was sick though, and had to just participate by listening from upstairs.  Poor guy.
I think it's awesome how excited the boys get over their ornaments from Grammy.  I think now that they've seen all of Brian's and Angie's from over the years, they see how special a homemade yearly ornament is.  Lucas ran right over to put it on the tree.
Cole took out one book and then refused to do anything else but read it.  Too cute.
After a fun, but exhausting morning, the boys all gathered to play a game Brian got - Heroica.  Think Legos meets Dungeons and Dragons.  They had a blast.
Lucas snuck away to go play in the covered porch area.  He had a blast out there by himself.
The boys looked great in their new sweaters from Grammy, so we gathered them for some shots with their cousin.... 3 boys never seem to all be looking at the camera and smiling... but if you somehow combine the shots....

We managed to get one of the 4 of us as well....
Finally Grandpa was feeling a little better and managed to come downstairs to open his gifts - including a very cool platter we made with all the boys' hands.
I found mini nerf-like guns to go in all the adult guys' stockings and they were a lot of fun.  At first it was just target practice.
Cole had a lot to say about that, and Lucas was not too thrilled...
Then it turned into all-out war.  I could not believe that Brian used Ethan as a human shield!  That is low!
We had a blast and, as always, it ended too soon!  Grammy, Grandpa, and Brian left early the next morning, and the boys and I went home after baths and lunch. We were all tired and worn down, but were thankful for one more full day to recuperate!  And now I cannot believe how close we are to Christmas!  The next few weeks are going to go way too quickly!

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