Friday, December 3, 2010

About as thankful as you can get

This was my first Thanksgiving away from home. Crazy, right? So it was a little different than usual but we had a wonderful one. It was also my first time to do the majority of the cooking. I got a little worried and in the end I caved and ordered a turkey. So, sue me. It was good, I wasn't stressed at all, and the rest of our dishes didn't have too worry about the bird hogging the oven.

My husbands twin brother and his family drive up from Austin, Texas to spend the holidays with us. I was thrilled to have them here. Having a house full of kids and family are what make holidays so special.

Bennett and Will were so excited to see their cousins, Sophie and Jameson. All the kids are within 4 years of each other and Bennett and Jameson are only 3 1/2 months apart. They are going to have so much fun growing up together.
Crafty Aunt Stacy kept the kids busy with arts and crafts while the kitchen was off limits.

My first Thanksgiving meal! My twin-in-law, Stacy and I whipped up a good one if I don't say so myself.
Pilgrim hats for the kids. I thought those were a better alternative than rich and gooey pecan pie. Or that's what I told the kids. I just wanted more pie for myself.

How many Webster twins does it take to carve a turkey?
My first time using my china and silver. It only took 5 1/2 years.
After lunch, Aunt Stacy started another project with the kids. I think she needs to move into my house permanently.
Will got tired of doing crafts and so he danced with Mommy.
And then I read a story to Cinderella and The White Rabbit. Of course. Who doesn't do that on Thanksgiving Day?

The next day we got up and headed downtown to Union Station in Kansas City.

The kids got to ride a little train around a Christmas village. Bennett is still talking about it. The little girl behind her? Not so much. Apparently she was not a fan of trains. Or fun.
And Will rode all by himself with his cousin. He is getting to be such a big boy!
Then they all went in the model train exhibit. Clearly they were fascinated.

And of course we ate at the train restaurant. Again. But we love it every time.

Yay for family!

We came home and Stacy started another craft project. This time the whole family got involved.
And then it was time to say goodnight.

I couldn't be more thankful. And I couldn't be more blessed.


Anna said...

so much fun! you can come to my thanksgiving if i can come to yours :D love cousins! and love your yummy kid desserts. i wish i had an ounce of your creativity! you are so creative friend!

starnes family said...

I miss KC. This post made me miss it even more.

Love my sweet friends from the Midwest! Please come visit us on the west coast!

Anonymous said...

1. Do you own that many Pyrex dishes??? Are you a dish hog like me? :-)

2. I think Bennett's full face smile could make any frown turn upside down.

Brittny said...

I'm glad you had such a great thanksgiving, it looks like so much fun! I still want to move up there to be near you. I miss you! How long does it take to drive up there from the Florida panhandle? Would kids who hate riding for more than 3 hours be able to handle it? We have vacation in February, but I think Brandon may have messed it up to go somewhere else.

Stacy said...

Awww....we miss you guys already. And you should have mentioned that it was really only ONE craft project that took a long time to finish. Thank goodness we had your help to complete it before school on Monday! Send us more of the kiddo pics from Union Station. So cute!