Sunday, November 29, 2009


What are you grateful for this year?  This year like years past, I am grateful for a loving husband, who works hard and has a strong love for the gospel, 2 beautiful children that make every day a little brighter.  I am grateful for the gospel, the knowledge and peace it provides me in my life, I'm grateful for a supportive family that I can count on at any time and for technology that allows as to be connected no matter where we live.

This year my brother and his family came over from Champaign, IL, for the week.  We had a great time exploring the City, with 4 kids under 3.  We walked through Central Park, lunch at the Shake Shack, 5th Ave, Rockefeller, Bryant Park, Brooklyn Bridge, lottery for Next to Normal and winning, balloons for the Thanksgiving Day parade, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thanksgiving dinner, Natural History Museum, and a little bit of shopping.   Wow what a week and the kids were great.
Auston, Audrey and Chase
Feeding the ducks in Central Park
Chase and Riley loved having Auston and Audrey around the house.  Auston couldn't get enough cars in his little hands, whenever we were home he had at least 4 or 5 in each hand.  Audrey her little voice is just too cute, I've missed having it around the last couple of days.   Thanks for making the drive, we had a fabulous time.

Riley and Daddy enjoying the parade

We arrived at the parade at 6:45 am, the kids were great given it didn't start until 9:00 am thanks to the help of a dvd player, ipod touch and goldfish.
Sesame Street
Cindy Lauper
This is how Chase enjoyed most of the parade, playing with my phone.
The only picture taken of Thanksgiving dinner, our place cards.  I must say Kristen and I made a pretty good team cooking dinner, given it was the 1st time either of us had cooked a turkey.


Beth, Cody, Morgan, Pepper said...

I will never cease to be amazed at how much you do with kids in NYC and how you always go the extra mile on decorating (love the place settings). I would never go to the parade without kids let alone all the those young ones and so early! I was always grateful for your motivation because it got me out of the house and set a good example for me. The kids are adorable and I LOVE Riley's scrunchy face smile. I can't wait to meet her. She and Pepper can compete with face contortions while smiling. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys. We miss you!

Kris and Linda said...

Riley is really growing. That scruchy face is hilarious. I can't wait to see both kids again. It is hard to believe that she is 6 months old. Mom