Monday, November 26, 2007
We love to go to the parade of lights in Howell. They have it every year on Black Friday as a way of kicking off the Christmas season. This year we watched it with our friend Jenna. Her parent's house is right on the parade route so they had a great spot roped off for us to watch the parade. Afterwards we came in and had a huge assortment of delicious cookies, along with hot chocolate, hot cider, and coffee. We also got to see some friends from the church I grew up at. I hadn't seen them in 13 years! We had a great time!
All bundled up for the parade with Jenna! Josh was camera man that night and got some neat shots of the floats.
Friday we made the rounds in Howell for the Frazier Thanksgiving. It was a lot smaller this year because Tomesia and Joe were just up this month for my mom's birthday, and Jason and Shanna made other plans. We had fun though. Yummy food, and fun family. It was a really relaxing weekend.
This year, the Mathew family spend Thanksgiving at Mom and Dad's. They had a beautiful dinner in their basement. It was really nice to be together. We all missed Emily and Ben very much, but it sounds like they had a good Thanksgiving together. To read more about that, go to:
I will tell you that I am really bummed that I didn't get that many pictures. Sometimes you just want to enjoy the moment instead of running off to get the camera so you can "capture" it. We had a good day though. :)
Here is one of the only pictures of people I have! Chris and Sarah working on bracelets with the older girls.
Can't forget the food! This is just some of the spread.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday we were able to get to Charlotte to visit some great friends of ours. We also were able to see Grandpa and Grandma again. It is so crazy how close we can be, and not visit nearly enough. We all had a great time, and we are really looking forward to being there again Thursday. There will be sixteen of us there on Thanksgiving though!
Josh was able to go up north with my dad and our friend Lucas to go hunting for the first time. He did great! Josh got a deer on opening day! We are all so proud of him, and can't wait to eat some yummy venison. Here are some pictures he took. I made him take the camera so I could post about his trip. :)
This is a picture of the cut river bridge somewhere in the U.P. He has so many great shots of bridges! :)
Here is one of the Mackinac Bridge.
Here is a closer view.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
After many months of planning and secrets, we actually pulled off a surprise party for my mom's 60th birthday. She thought she was going out to dinner and a movie with my dad. He got a call saying they needed his help with the sound at church as they were on their way, and we were all waiting. :)
This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom. She was so extremely surprised. You can just see it on her face!
We got all the grand kids to serenade her in the birthday song for a second time.
Cute pic of Addie just chillin with my Aunt Sue.
A picture of the family. Not perfect, but you try and get a picture with 16 people! :)
I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I've posted! CRAZINESS! We Addie is finally better, and we are so thankful Emma and Josie did not get it.
Joe and Tomesia came up with their kids and stayed over. We were so blessed to get (FREE!) babysitters for our six kids to go out for an evening. We haven't done that with them in...ever?
We had a surprise party for my mom's 60th birthday. That was a lot of work, but a whole lot of fun.
Josh was also able to go hunting for the first time with my dad and a very good friend of ours named Lucas. All three of them got a deer on opening day!
I am going to post a bunch of pictures of it all to share. Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Addie is sick again. She now has strep throat. My poor baby seems to be getting every bug there is! We got to spend the whole morning together playing though, so I guess that is a bonus. Please pray that she will get over it, and that the rest of the family will not get it.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
For three years now we have been able to take the family to Rives Baptist Church's trunk-or-treat party. It is a fun time for the kids to go to the church and dress up. They have pony rides, big blow up games, hay rides, donuts and cider and car trunks full of candy...and everything is free! Our dear friends Brad and Rachel went with us, and we had so much fun with them. We went for an hour, and then the rain came, so it was a perfect time to go home.
Cowgirl Emma got to ride a real pony! Nana made the costume for her. Thanks Nana!
Here I am torturing Brad and Rachel with a picture. This was about the sixth try getting everyone to look and smile at the same time. :)
After the girls were in bed, the real party started! :) I promise, there was PLENTY of candy left over for them.