Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thanksgiving in Lubbock

This year the kids had an extra fun Thanksgiving week (or two).  Great-Grandma Mary spent the week before Thanksgiving at our house to get in some extra cuddle time since she doesn't get to see the kids but once a year or so.  Then we passed her and the kids off to Mimi and Papi the weekend before Thanksgiving so the kids could have some grandparent time without mom and dad around.  I don't know who enjoyed those 5 days more...Mimi and Papi or the kids!  Aaron and I drove up to Lubbock on Thanksgiving "eve" to spend the rest of the holiday with everyone.  (On the pictures with no notation as to which kid is which, just look at the vest color.  Red - Owen, Blue - Mason.  It sure made captioning this bunch so much easier!)

Enjoying a story with Great Grandma Mary.

 (O, M)

The kids had tons of fun celebrating Great Grandma Mary's 70th birthday, bowling, putt-putt golfing, and inflatable playground jumping "all by ourselves without Mommy and Daddy!"  They weren't the least bit sad to say goodbye to us.  They think it is AWESOME that they get to go places without us.

Here is Mason's competitive face as he races Owen through the course.

And here is Owen's "this ball is pretty heavy" face. 

Once we joined the group, we did the Thanksgiving thing with family and some of Aaron's parent's dear friends.

"Happy Thanksgiving" was rephrased by two very silly boys to "Happy Thanksgiggle!"

 (M, O)

One of our favorite things to do is visit the corn maize.  The kids are really into doing mazes on paper so they thought this was awesome! 

This is what adults do while the kids are on the mini-train ride.

We also had lots of fun at a really great park!

But the highlight of the trip was taking a ride on the Polar Express!  The kids had a blast riding the train, eating cookies with hot chocolate, and waiting for Santa to come by so they could tell him what they want for Christmas.

 (O, M)

(M, O)

All around it was a fun time with Aaron's side of the family.  We just wish Lubbock and Houston weren't so darn far apart!

Here is the album with more wonderful pictures and a few adorable videos.  There are so many good pictures in this album that it was hard to choose the "highlights!"
Thanksgiving in Lubbock