Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving Festivities!

This Thanksgiving was amazing, but a little different. Ella and I probably did something that most families wouldn't do, we separated from Dada for the day. Heath's dad, who he doesn't get to see very often, came in town for Thanksgiving. So Heath stayed in Dallas. However, 22 family members on my mom's side, some of whom I haven't seen in a while, all gathered together in Kansas. It was a touch decision, but I decided Ella and I should take this opportunity and go to Kansas, but we were only gone for Thanksgiving day and we met back up with Heath's family on Friday. So we missed having Dada around, of course, but we had an amazing time catching up with some far away family!

We started the morning watching the traditional Macy's Day Parade!!

Every year on Thanksgiving, my mom's family has a tradition to go to a tree farm and cut down their Christmas tree. We always get to take part in this fun tradition the years we spend Thanksgiving in Kansas. I always love it because it's always really really cold! The temp got down to 19 degrees!

My sweet Grandma Angel.

Ella had so much fun playing chase around all the trees! The cold air drives her energy. She loves it. She is her father's daughter!

My sweet mom! Your prayers are working big time! Her face is almost back to normal!! It's even better than when I took this picture! It's remarkable. We are so thankful.

Ella and my little baby cousin David! They got to sit in Santa's Sleigh!

This year, instead of cramming lots of people in my grandma's house, we decided it would be better and mentally healthier for us to find a bigger place. So we had Thanksgiving dinner in their church gym that has a kitchen connected to it. It ended up being SO MUCH FUN. We played basketball and volleyball and were just plain crazy.

My Grandad and Grandma Angel (my dad's parents) came with us to Kansas this year!! It was wonderful to have them along and have both sides of my family celebrating a holiday together.

Our game of volleyball!

My committed and competitive spirit led to this: Me diving for the ball with no knee pads. Some might think that's stupid, but I think it's taking one for the team! Plus, I was trying to one up one on Heath. It didn't really work.

Our Thanksgiving Feast!

My grandad has so much fun with Ella! Isn't he so cute?!

Friday morning we put up my grandma's tree to decorate. Ella needed to add the finishing touches.

My sister Michelle and her husband Bradley!

So that's it. I don't really have any funny stories. And FYI: Heath is doing better. He's still hobbling around. The x-ray results came back negative, so there is no break. He may have to do an MRI to see if any ligaments were torn, but we haven't scheduled that yet. Thank you for all of your prayers!!!



Amanda said...

Ella looked adorable all bundled up!

Erin said...

That coat, hat, mitten combo is just too much! What a cutie.

Heather said...

great pictures! Can you tell I LOVE Pictures?! Hopefully, I'll get a new camera soon!

Glad heath is doing better. Will continue to pray for him. (and your mom)

Our Family of Five said...

AWESOME pictures! Picking out your tree on thanksgiving day sounds like a great tradition. :)

Matt, Andrea, & Luke said...

great pics of ella ... i love her "pea-nk"coat!! :) and way to go on diving for that ball!!

The Self Cottage said...

Love the pic of you and Ella at the Tree farm - can we come to Kansas with you next year? I miss you- i feel like i don't get to see you anymore since i am always nursing my bambino. i love you, let's get together!

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

I'm crazy about Ella's coat, and your mom looks fabulous!

Lindsee said...

Did they have clothes like that when we were little?! I think not.

Absolutely precious. She is always dressed just fabulous!!! ;)


FordeFam said...

Love all the pics!!! Glad you had a fun Thanksgiving!!! Our kids have each been taking their turns doing the finishing touches on our tree...over and over and over! ;) It makes for some cute pics though! :)

connorcolesmom said...

Those pictures of Ella are SOO cute!!
I do not have a little girl and I just go GaGa over little girl stuff (it is probably a good thing I did not have a girl I would probably need a job for all the fun things I would want to buy her - hehe)
It looks like you had a great time over Thanksgiving. I had to read up on Heath and your mom. I am so glad Heath did not have a break and seems to be doing better. What great news about your mom - she looked really good in the picture with Ella. I lifted them both up in prayer and hope they continue to improve :)
You are just darling - thank you for visiting my blog I will be back to visit you again soon :)
God bless,

Jessica said...

I LOVE Ella's pink coat!

Liz said...

Great pictures! Ella is such a doll!

And, I'm glad to hear everyone in your family is doing better. :)