Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

We spent Thanksgiving at Grandma and Grandpa Amerman's house this year. It was a small group, since the other cousins were down in Atlanta, so it was quiet, but good. I made another fruit turkey, knowing the boys would be happy to eat the fruit. Alex's mom and sister made a delicious meal, and the men used the turkey fryer outside to do the turkey. While waiting for the meal, the boys played outside in the front yard with Alex. It was cute to watch them throw the football around for a few minutes! We ate around 2, so the boys actually slept through the main meal and got some bites afterwards. (I was really hoping they'd try more, but they were still picky. They hate mashed potatoes which I think is crazy. They liked the cranberry sauce and the rolls, of course, and then tried a few bites of turkey, noodles and green beans.)
I did some shopping on Black Friday with a friend, and we stayed home that night. On Saturday, we went to my parents' house for our Thanksgiving meal. My dad enjoyed sneaking bites of turkey to the boys as he was cutting it up. We read some books after dinner and just took it easy! :) The boys love being there and running laps around their house. We had a nice time with both families and are lucky to be able to get to both places without much travel-related stress.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Raking with Daddy

It was finally time to get going on the raking...we have a pretty big yard. Alex and I did most of the work (obviously) but the boys did try to help with bagging the leaves a little! I got some really cute pictures of them playing in the leaves. We tried to make a big pile of leaves at the bottom of their slide so they could go down into the pile. But, honestly, their favorite part was probably seeing Daddy's lawnmower and power tools! They liked the leave blower, and they always love the lawnmower. Alex got a new, bigger mower and they call it "Daddy big mower".


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

First (little) Snow

We had a random, small snowfall in early November and I decided to deal with the work of getting the boys ready to go out! Luckily I had just bought some bigger boots (and borrowed some from a friend, thanks, Ian!) and all the rest of their stuff still fit from last year. After 15 to 20 minutes of getting snow pants, hats, coats, boots and even mittens on, we were ready to head out! I even decided to be brave and bring out my camera. :)
I'm so glad I did, too! I ended up using some of these on our Christmas card this year, so that was great luck for me. We had just been out raking leaves a few days ago, so it was funny to see the leaf piles under the dusting of snow. And Henry and Holden thought the grass still needed to be mowed, so they were both pushing their lawn mowers! Even Lanore had some fun with her tennis ball. The snow was gone by the afternoon, so I'm glad we made the effort to get out and glad I tried to play with my camera a little. I'm pretty happy with some of these shots!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fun in the Leaves!

We got out in the leaves and had a lot more fun than last year! Henry loved his little rake and the boys enjoyed playing in the piles this time around. I love fall!! It was a nice mild day, and I tried to get some shots with my camera not on the auto setting. I think I got a few good ones, but still not ready to go to full manual mode yet. :) (And it's still impossible to get a good picture of both of them...I don't think the fanciest equipment in the world could make that happen! :)

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