We have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Our greatest blessing is, of course, a new healthy baby, and we also feel so fortunate that SO much wonderful family came out to visit us!! What a treat!! Taylor came a few weeks ago and then my wonderful sister flew ALL the way from L.A. with my beautiful niece Lizzy to see the baby and help me. Katy is amazing - she cleaned my house, did laundry, took care of the baby, played with Daniel, and made me the world's greatest Chili (the Deer Valley Resort recipe for all your skiers). She is not only an incredible sister, but a best friend as well. Love you and miss you Kate!!
After Katy left, my parents flew in a few days later with my sister Stephanie for Thanksgiving. I was so excited that they came out for the holiday, and I could not wait for my dad and sister to meet the baby. My mom took charge of the Thanksgiving meal, which, of course, turned out fabulous!! I just loved hanging out, talking, watching movies, and playing games with everyone. My dad and Bryson also picked up a beautiful Christmas tree and we spent a whole night decorating the house, baking cookies, and listening to Christmas music- so wonderful.
We blessed James the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Bryson's parents, Frank & Cindy, made quite the journey to attend, and we are so thankful they did. They flew on the early flight to Buffalo and drove all the way to Rochester to be there. Then a few hours later they flew home. Thank you for making such an effort!!
The blessing was beautiful; Bryson could not have done a better job. It was a wonderful day.
Here are the pics from our fun time with family:
Katy and Lizzy cuddling James Bryson and Daniel at the Children's Museum
Lizzy and Daniel driving the Sesame Street Cab
We threw an early B-day party for Lizzy with cupcakes and a pinata. Daniel had no idea that the thing was filled with candy until it exploded. When it did, he FREAKED out and starting shaking with joy- it was so funny.
the presents and cupcakes
Lizzy and Daniel at the museum- can you tell Daniel was ready for his nap?
Lizzy was so amazing with James. She would gently rock and kiss him to sleep. In the car she sat next to him to sing to him and make sure he had his pacifier. She is going to be the best mother (in 30 years when her dad lets her get married :)
two cute cousins hanging out
mom and dad holding james after flying into NY
dad letting stephanie have the first bite of mash potatoes
the thanksgiving table
mom working hard in the kitchen
daniel placing the star on the tree, and yes, he has his BYU jersey on for the Utah v. BYU game (go Cougs!!)