Monday, November 30, 2015

November Little Things

Activity Day Recognition was a red carpet theme!  She's so blessed with wonderful leaders (Vivian Kerr, Allison Jordan, Ramsey Sprague & Megan Beyler).  

 They did a dance and a song with these cups that was very cool!  

We went to a darling baby blessing for my niece, Meg. She's a sweetheart!  Just missing my youngest sister, but otherwise the whole Dalley crew was there---so fun to be all together.

Sisters matching in our stripes!

Rylan is a baby-hog :)  He got her out of her bed one morning and stuck her into his bed!

 Matching leggings for Mom/Ivy
 I updated the bench ---- it didn't say this clean for very long.  It's a dumping ground for backpacks, jackets, and store returns. But at least there is a spot for it!  
 Grandma Judy came by for a quick visit!
 Love getting this girl up after a nap!

For the first time we went over to Sumner for the bridge lighting.  It was on the weekend of Thanksgiving.  It was cooold and there was no place to park, but we enjoyed it. Short and sweet.  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas Tree Hunt @ The Red Barn

Beautiful day this year to pick our our Christmas tree at the Red Barn.  Traditions!

 Pettingill Family Christmas Tree!

I get to decorate the live tree that goes in the living room...but the kids help with our large, artificial tree in the family room.  Hundreds of ornaments and memories.

 Ivy's First Christmas ornament!

And here's all the kids' ornaments this year.  'Big Brother'-Miles, Wii remote - Ry, "Wheels" - Addison (her soccer nickname this pats season), BSA symbol - Carson (life rank achieved this year).  

I also surprised the boys one day after school with a 4 foot tree of their very own in their room.  Pure Christmas joy!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

My sister, Camille, offered to host Thanksgiving...its was fantastic! While I love hosting at the holidays, I've done Thanksgiving for 8 years? in a row. So it was nice to go somewhere (down the road...ha!).  Lots of helping hands in the kitchen with my other sister's fam too.  And always a party with these cousins!  Smiles all around, full tummies, grateful hearts.  

My sisters and I escaped on Friday am for some Black Friday shopping (not too early...) but in enough time to hit our favorite spots!  

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