First I have to apologize because we have several cute pictures from our Thanksgiving festivities, but I'm experiencing technical difficulties getting them to the web.
We've had a great couple of weeks. Over Thanksgiving we were lucky enough to get Spencer and Melissa Ashton and their two beautiful children, Ben (2 yrs) and McKenzie (3 mo), for a couple days at our place. They were the lucky benefactors of our first Thanksgiving cookout - bless their souls for eating it! Just kidding, it wasn't that bad.
Ellie absolutely loved having a little playmate in the house and got along great with Ben, and loved to fuss over McKenzie. It was a little tense that first hour when they arrived and she realized she had to share everything, but she relaxed and found that sharing the blocks to throw all around the kitchen was rather fun and exciting and she and Ben fast became friends. Matt and Spence just had to throw each other around the house to ease the initial tension so they could relax and have fun...(kidding). I had a great time getting to know all of them and wish they lived closer!
We had a pretty lazy turkey day and pretty much just hung out around the house and slowly got fatter. We tried to go to the park, so we bundled up and headed out, but after about five minutes the adults were pretty much turned off by the shivering wind, and started to wimp out on the fun. The kids didn't seem to mind it much, so we stretched the park time to maybe 10 minutes, took a few pictures, and went back home to the great indoors. Aren't we loads of fun! That night after dinner we ventured out to a local bowling alley neighboring the "hood." We had a great time, especially Ellie! She couldn't get enough, it was great! She actually ended up bowling a 21! The cutest thing was when she would totally gutter it and come running back, "Mommy, I'm so excited, I was so close!" Such a happy spirit! Ben bowled a few and McKenzie was just chillin on the table. Matt and I took the first round, but after that Spence and Melissa pretty much destroyed us, so we're looking forward to a rematch! Friday we went to COSI, a children's science museum, and spent a few hours there, and that was fun for everyone. Then the trip was over and everyone is now back home. It was wonderful to have such a nice break!
The week before we were so lucky to have Grandma Annie out for a few days to play with us, spoil us, and just love us! It was a great treat for everyone. It was pretty well a spur of the moment plan, and I didn't tell Ellie she was coming until we were almost to the airport to pick up Mom. She was so excited! Ellie had been missing Grandma Annie a couple weeks earlier which resulted in Mom coming out, lucky us, and needless to say Ellie was thrilled! (as was I). I put Ellie's hair is sponge curlers the night before to get her all dolled up for her "surprise" to go pick up Mom, and I have to say she was queen of the curls! Everyone wants to just eat her up she's so cute!...and she knows it.
Sorry again about the lack of pictures, I have some really cute ones, hopefully I can get it worked out. And Matt says thank you so much mamma clegg for the coat, he wears it everyday. We love you all and hope you had a great holiday, and we will be seeing you soon!