I hope you all had a beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving! We had a great day at my parents house. The picture above shows a pumpkin centerpiece the girls made for our table decorations.
This next picture is Becca with my Uncle Jim. He's checking out the turkey that she made in preschool this past week. Uncle Jim always asks the girls to give him "some skin" and they are finally all not too shy to do it!
The girls are opening a pre-Christmas gift from my Aunt Nancy. She always spoils them and they just love it!
Nancy shows Elise how her snowman-mommy gets kisses from the snowman-baby. So cute. Becca got a momma penguin and baby penguin that do the same thing. They hook together and it makes a kissing sound.
Aunt Nancy, Becca, and Bethany worked on some Thanksgiving word puzzles for quite a while in the afternoon. Sarah finished hers in a jiffy, which is why she isn't in the picture.
We finished the evening with a game of Rummikub. Bethany & I were on a team. We didn't have any luck at all. Bethany was a good sport, though; look how she's still all smiley even though our entire rack is FULL of tiles and we haven't yet been able to get 30 points so that we can lay down.
In fact, this was what our rack looked like one round before the end. On our next turn, we picked a "smiley face" (wild card) and so we were going to be able to play during the next round. Unfortunately, Dad & Sarah went out on their next turn so we NEVER had the chance to play. However, just for fun, Bethany and I laid out our 30 points and then started filling in the rest of our tiles on the other runs and sets on the table. We managed to COMPLETELY EMPTY our rack! It's a good thing Dad & Sarah went out when they did or we would have won in ONE TURN! :)
Below is a picture of the Advent Calendar that I made with the girls' help today, the day after Thanksgiving. Each day of December has a little tag in the pocket with whatever special thing we're doing that day written on it. Some are as simple as "take a walk" or "drink hot cocoa" and some are as exciting as "M&S&J arrive" or "R&J&E arrive" and some are as crazy busy as "Christmas program practice, basketball game, get tree, violin/piano recital, CMT recital." It'll be fun, every minute of it all!