Friday, November 30, 2007

Thanksgiving Travels

Here's a summary of our Thanksgiving travels:
Tue, Nov 20 - We drove to Franklin TN and spent the night with my brother and his family.
Wed, Nov 21 - We drove to Indianapolis IN to spend Thanksgiving with D's mom and grandmother. We stayed downtown, right across the street from the Indiana State Museum; about 4-5 blocks from the middle of downtown where you'll find Monument Circle.
Thu, Nov 22 - We went to a restaurant called Charbono's, in Avon IN, for our Thanksgiving meal. Every year for Thanksgiving, the restaurant sends invitations to area churches and schools for their free Thanksgiving buffet. The employees and their families come in to serve the customers. One of the invitations was given to D's grandmother, so we all attended - along with D's grandmother, mom, aunt, cousin, mom's best friend & her mother. The meal was excellent and the company even better.
Fri, Nov 23 - This morning we took the kids to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis for their Jolly Days Winter Wonderland exhibit. We took a lot of pictures at the museum and I'm still in the process of adding them to the photo gallery so keep checking back if you want to see more pics. In the meantime, I've posted this slideshow to show a few of my favorite shots from the whole trip.

The last time we were in Indianapolis was about 3 years ago for Christmas. We went to Children's Museum then too - I think everyone had a much better time this year. Friday night, we walked down to Monument Circle to see the lighting of the "tree;" along with about 100,000 of our closest friends. Once they turned on the lights, we started walking back to the hotel - just in time too because the fireworks started while we were walking. While the kids love to see fireworks, the noise is much louder when you're downtown and it's all bouncing off the buildings. Daniel doesn't care much for loud noises so it's a good thing were already on our way.
Sat, Nov 24 - After breakfast, we headed back to Franklin TN. My parents came up for the night as well.
Sun, Nov 25 - We all went to church with Tom & Camille on Sunday morning so we could see Hayden & Sophie get baptized. After lunch we drove to Madison AL to visit with the Spears family. Carrie fixed a wonderful supper and we had a great time catching up with them - the kids all had a great time playing together as well.
Mon, Nov 26 - We met the Spears at IHOP for breakfast then headed home. We did a lot of visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday, but we that's just one more thing for which we are thankful.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

The kindergarten classes at Daniel's school have a program they do each year called Turkey Tunes. My parents went with Emma, Hunter and me to see it this past Monday morning. It's a really cute program. This video is just a clip of what I think was my favorite song they did. It's not the best quality, but you get the idea...
And here are a couple of pictures from the program as well...

Emma's class had their Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday - mom and I attended. Here is a picture and short video from her program as well. The picture quality's not that great because I was actually too far away. In the video, you don't see Emma until toward the end (she's the 3rd one from the left - blue denim jacket on).

I really love watching the kids perform with their classmates. It's such a blessing to watch them grow and mature - my prayer is that they will come to know the Lord early in life so they will not remember a time without Jesus in their life, that they will become mighty witnesses for God, and that He will use them greatly to increase His kingdom.

We give THANKS for:
T - Treats - like ice cream for smiley faces, cakes for birthdays
H - Happy homes filled with family and love
A - All the ways that God has taken care of us this year
N - New friends at church and school
K - Kids and all the challenges that come with raising them
S - Salvation and Special times with friends and family both near and far

We want to wish each one of you a truly Blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

My dancing stars

These videos were too cute not to post them - I hope they work. Our kids love to watch dancing with the stars. They especially love to dance along. In fact, they actually try to do the same steps they see them doing on tv, usually. The other night I had the camera handy and caught them dancing along. The first video is Daniel asking Grammy to dance with him. In the second one, you'll notice it takes Emma a while to get started, but eventually she joins in.