The girls with Miss Kathy (their fave teacher)
I asked Olivia to take a picture with Mimi & Grandpa. She refused until Cate got in the picture.
Cate's mom and I texted this picture back and forth wondering when our 4 year olds turned into college sorority sisters?!
I tried to get us in the spirit all month by introducing a "Thankful Tree" and each night we would write down what we were thankful for and put another leaf on the tree.
Unfortunately for poor Matt, this is his company’s busiest time of the year, so he did not get much of a break. But, I was lucky enough to take off most of the week and we spent lots of good family bonding time. On Tuesday we spent the day in Humble with Mimi & Grandpa and then on Wednesday we saw The Good Dinosaur (not Olivia’s fave) and had lunch with the Williams’ girls.
Thursday morning, we woke up bright and early, so Olivia and I made chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, tater tots and we all snuggled in to watch the Macy’s Parade. Then we headed to the Woodlands to meet up with the Deans for brunch. Uncle Drew and Aunt Jenny were in town from Nashville, so we all got in lots of good bonding time. Miss O really loves her Aunt Jenny!
Then we headed to Humble for dinner at the Kaltenbacher’s. We all stuffed ourselves on Aunty Minda's usual wonderful spread!
Mimi, Grandpa, Yazzie and Grant joined us (we missed Aunt Naz/Tyler who were out of town this year!)
And this year Robert joined us with his kids. Olivia has not seen Kyra and Colby since she was a newborn, so she enjoyed having them there. And Kyra was so sweet to play lots of princess games with her.
After a quick dinner (thank you Telephone Thai) we came back to the Zoo for Zoo Lights. While we did enjoy the lights, it seemed like the kettle corn and cotton candy were the big hits of the night. And of course, the giant light-up sword!
On Saturday, Popo treated us all with a trip to iFly, an indoor skydiving experience here in Houston. Matt, Uncle Drew, Aunt Jenny and Tutu all did it, while Olivia, Popo and I cheered them on.
These two brothers look slightly nervous before-hand...
Everyone was asked to bring a teddy bear to donate to a local children's charity.
We were greeted by a princess who outfitted Olivia with her own tiara and wand
Then they led us to our table all set up with tea and cocoa.
Most of the kids sat at these adorable little tables in the center
After they ate, it was time for a Christmas puppet show of The Night Before Christmas
And then she got her arm painted (not sure why she refused the face..)
Decorated an ornament
Watched a magic show that ended with a real bunny rabbit
And decorated (and tasted) a gingerbread man
It was a great event and a fun tradition to start with Mimi!
And on Saturday night when we did family movie night (in matching Christmas pjs). I love these 2 little turkeys more than anything and am so thankful for them and the village we have cultivated - family and friends. (PS - why we have that big comfy couch just sitting back there but somehow all 3 of us ended up cuddling on the hard wood floor is beyond me!)