Sunday, November 29, 2009

Big Time Fun over Thanksgiving

We spent our long Thanksgiving weekend at J's parents home enjoying lots of competition and lots of laughter. I do believe it would fall into the hall of fame weekend with family.
On Thanksgiving day we held the first family Pinewood Derby Race. We had lots of fun *creating* our cars & to say that my family wasn't stressed trying to finish 5 cars on time would be a lie. I believe some of the glitter and bling on my diva car was not quite dry at race time.
Jadeybug's car took first place for speed and Auntie Ann's wiener dog car took first place for most creative. There was an official weigh in and naturally there were pinewood derby medals for all and trophies for the 1st and 2nd place winners. We do things big=0) After our big turkey dinner we followed through with the annual Thanksgiving day golf game.
There was another cornhole tournament where the family trophy made it's way back to our *cough cough* mantel. It seems that the final round always comes down to J & his older for now, we will showcase the creative family trophy for the next year...or until nobody in our family wins it. Another fun tradition is the Christmas walk on B0ca Grande. I just love all the little island shops and the beverages that they supply for us bringing the Christmas spirit into their store. Santa comes through the island on a fire truck where he is handed small liquor bottles to help pass his time as Santa. My kind of Santa.
This is the only Santa that I've ever managed to get my kids to. Though G&C have outgrown sitting on Santa's lap, I did want them to be in the photo, but they ran off when it was our turn. Eme did a whole lot of starring and inspecting while W was giving his list of wants to Santa. She however, wanted NOTHING to do with the jolly drunk fella;0)
When W was told that Santa had to go back to the North P0le, he informed us that Santa lives on B0ca, NOT the North P0le! Santa lives in Paradise.
We also managed to squeeze in family photos of the entire clan and even did an 'outlaw' shot for good measure with us in black. We had a smashing good time and was so glad that the Oh~I~YER clan made it to Florida for turkey~!
This was Eme Grace's first Thanksgiving and she alone has given us much to be thankful for. We are blessed beyond measure and thankful for so much in our lives. My heart is with those parents still waiting for their dreams to come true. I know the yearning, the desire, the hope and the pain of waiting & my heart is still with all those waiting.

Family is a little world created by love.
the 'outlaw' photo: just for fun=0)
Grams & Gramps put the GRAND in Grandparents!
Grams & Gramps
Uncle T & Auntie Ann with Eme Grace.
The best aunt & uncle ever.

my beautiful girl...

Oh how I love B0ca...& oh how I love having my girl home this year to enjoy it all.

Studying Santa very carefully...
watching football with Gramps & Daddy
Digging in Grams's treasure chest before going to bed.

Emerson was loving that the wiener dogs were golfing with us in their little stroller and she kept sticking her hand in to get kisses and then laughing herself silly. Super cute moment.

Ready, set, run!
Making homemade pretzels...very tasty!
What a super fun weekend we had blessed with family, fun & lots of memories to grow on.


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Looks like an AMAZING weekend..
Love the outlaw photos.. and your family photo is WONDERFUL..
Emerson is toooo cute..
Have a great week...

Sandra said...

That looks like a whole lotta family fun! LOVE the outlaw picture; great idea ;-)

Laurie said...

Beautiful family photos! Your outlaws sure know how to host a weekend.

Daniella said...

what a fabulous Thanksgiving with family. We are normally on BG for the holiday but did Captiva Isl. this trip - we were going to dinghy over but the winds were to strong. Next year :) Happy Holiday to you and your family. So wonderful to see Eme finally home with her family. enjoy every minute.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and all the family fun you have.
LOVE the outlaw photo - shades and all! :)
blessings 2 u

Pink Velvet Mommy said...

I just love the pic of Eme in her ruby red dress...beautiful!! She just gets more and more beautiful.
Great family photos
Sounds like an amazing Thanksgiving!! Think of how much fun Christmas will be this year!!!!

So much to be thankful for this year, and it hard to grasp the difference a year can make in your life huh??

Cavalier Mum said...

Love the Thanksgiving photos. You have such a beautiful family!

Enjoy the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl... hopefully we'll pull out a huge win!

Go Bucks... O-H!

Kayce said...

What a wonderful weekend! All the pictures are incredible. Just beautiful! Fabulous memories for sure!

Debbie said...

Beautiful post!! Beautiful pictures!! You are so blessed and have MUCH to be thankful for and you expressed it so well!!!

Polar Bear said...

Such an AMAZING Thanksgiving!!
I LOVE the 'outlaw' pictures! Very clever!!!

The pictures of you and Miss E are fantastic. Love her dress!!!

Kris said...

you guys KNOW how to live life to the fullest!! what a FUN thanksgiving and omg the pics w/ santa- well, there classic, right? your daughter SHINES... seriously. what a gorgeous family you have.

Tawni said...

Thanksgiving is the best. Much better tham Halloween and less expensive than Christmas. It's all of my favorite things: Family, Food, Naps...Love your pictures. LOVE the one of you and Eme walking. She's gorgeous - as are you! Beautiful family.


P.S. Nope never found the pictures...any ideas??

Jenny V said...

just a note to say hello and to thank you for allowing your readers to be part of your journey. I have been a reader forEVER I swear and seeing your amazing family all dressed up in white with Emerson included in the picture just made my heart swell. It has been a long journey and I have enjoyed all the parts of it you have shared with us, your readers. My original interest in following your blog was due to China adoption interests. God had other plans for my family but your sweet family and journey is still near and dear to my heart. Love seeing how the boys are growing and seeing you and Colleen hooking up for some much needed girl time! Guess I just wanted to send a shout out and say I am still following you and I thank you for sharing you and your amazing family with me. Be blessed and enjoy your Christmas with sweet Eme!
Jenny V