Time with Andrew, Sarah, Abby & Ben
We were thrilled to have some time with the Phoenix Walquists and packed as much as we could into their days here -- including Nathan's birthday party (see last post), an early Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas presents. Mainly, we just had lots of time to play and hang out.
Nathan really enjoyed time with his youngest cousin, Ben while Grammy put the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving meal.
All of the four-year-olds stayed busy playing football and tag outside.
|What a busy birthday morning!|
Decorating for ChristmasMatt, Ian, and Ryan had the WHOLE week of Thanksgiving off of school. We loved the extra family time!! We spent one relaxing day getting all of our Christmas decorations up (while in our pajamas)! The boys especially liked to help unwrap and hang the Christmas tree ornaments.
The Polar Express
Our family went with my parents to ride the Polar Express in Palestine, TX. We ate a picnic lunch there before boarding the train.
Ryan's Thanksgiving Party
Ryan's Pre-K class held a Thanksgiving party. Each of the children wore Pilgrim hats. We took some regular and silly pictures first.
Grammy and Papa hosted our whole family for Thanksgiving dinner after church. They had some really cute "touches" to make the meal extra special, like these edible turkey name holders.
Soon after the Thanksgiving meal was over, Matt and I started heading to Fredericksburg. Amy and Jason had agreed to watch our kiddos so we could have some "Couple Time." What an amazing treat! We had always wanted to explore around Fredericksburg but hadn't had the chance. We stayed at the Trail's End Bed and Breakfast in Kerrville, TX. It was a charming little place -- way out in the middle of nowhere. Each "room" was sort of a cabin in itself, and there were goats and other animals on the property as well.
More than anything, we just enjoyed the time playing games and being able to start AND finish a conversation. :) But we did a fair share of exploring around Fredericksburg, too, even though we didn't take many pictures. We went shopping in downtown, tried a yummy German restaurant for lunch, and went on a tour of Grape Creek Vineyards. It was interesting to hear the process of how wine was made, taste the difference between wine stored in different types of barrels, and then have a wine tasting of their various types of wines.
We also had the chance to do some hiking at Enchanted Rock State Park. It was SUPER hard to get in, as there's a limited number of parking spaces. When the spots fill, they close the park for a few hours. We got in right after lunch and enjoyed hiking all the way to the top of Enchanted Rock. There were beautiful views from the top.
Meanwhile, Amy and Jason did a simply fabulous job of keeping the boys entertained AND keeping us in the loop on how everyone was doing. This was the boys' message to us on our first morning away. So sweet.
RandomSometimes some of these random pictures are my favorite ...
As I was observing my student teacher, Mom and Dad enjoyed spending time with Nathan. They climbed on some construction equipment at Ian and Ryan's school ...
I joined some dear friends at a Mexican restaurant for dinner one night as we gave Emily (a friend whose family is moving to Singapore for a few years) a big send-off.
Thank you, Lord, for a fun November!