Starting our week off right, Lucy gave our Family Home Evening lesson for us. It was on how our examples can influence those around us, and she used the food coloring in milk to demonstrate. It was very cool.
Nope, Elliott didn't get beat up at school. Nope, Archie didn't throw a baseball at his eye. This is how sensitive-Elliott's body reacts to a sty. Poor kid, can't catch a break!
Lucy is still going strong with her cinnamon roll sales for her trip. She took this picture of me making frosting. I swear this isn't my sugar-pouring face; we had to have been having a silly conversation or something...right?!?!?
The REAL fun began on Wednesday, when everyone began to arrive for THANKSGIVING!!!! The Crozier Clan (Ruth, Jeremy, Karver, Kason, and Kollister), the Homer bunch (Paul and Juliet), and the Pocatello Peeps (Kimball, Charice, Jason and Morgan Robinson) all came in Wednesday evening.
Coincidentally, Wednesday was our first quasi-substantial snowfall. It made my heart so happy to see all 5 boys out playing together despite the crazy-cold.
Aunt Juliet has a way of making each kid feel like they're her favorite, so, of course, she is their favorite. Archie started every morning by saying, "where is Aunt Juliet?" Then he spent all the days glued to her side. She didn't seem to mind.
Here's the whole Thanksgiving bunch!!!
We had two folding tables set up, along with our existing family table. We pushed the sectional couch to the wall and used it as extra seating. We bought this house hoping for days like these. 10 house-guests, 30 people for dinner, and it couldn't have gone better. It was perfect.
Some Thanksgiving day activities were Lucy's nail salon, a family walk and impromptu mini-football game, a spontaneous but still fabulous talent show, Christmas bingo, a marathon-into-the-night New York Cheesecake baking, and an EPIC game of keep-away catch/dogpile in the living room between the kids and uncles. It was the most beautiful chaos you've ever seen.
Uncle Kimball is always so great at being willing to fix computers when he comes to visit. This was extra fun for me to see, because this could very well be a glimpse into Elliott's future. He is so much like his Uncle Kimball: sensitive, technology-loving, sweet and hilarious!
We also made tootsie-pop turkeys. Always a hit.
Content snuggle-time on the couch before the big meal.
Finishing the day off with a little Jiffy-Pop, or "magic popcorn".
It was the best week. I desperately hate the stillness that comes when you close the door on your last house-guest. They filled our home with so much joy, energy, life and love. We are so blessed. We are so thankful.