Friday, December 11, 2009

Thankful Thanksgiving

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

hi james!

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!!)

Cindy holding James before his blessing


Crystal and Morgan said...

I LOVED this post! It makes me want to cry I miss you guys so much! I want to hug and hold and squeeze and kiss james and daniel. I am loving daniels hair, morgan also says it is "awesome". And your hair is so beautiful, it is getting so long! Jealous. I love you and miss you and I cant wait to see you guys!

George Family said...

Your family is so beautiful Jen. You are so very lucky - but you know that. Congratulations again.


Dayna said...

Ditto what Crystal said. We miss you guys so much and we are loving Daniels hair. He is just so cute. The ladies are going to need to watch out because he is going to be some serious heartbreaker with those good looks. And JEN- you- are-beautiful!! I love your hair. It looks so good and in every picture you don't even look like you just had a baby. your SECOND baby at that. You are amazing. It sounds like you had such an awesome time with family. That was so nice of your family to come out there and be with you guys over Thanksgiving. We sure missed you but I'm sure your family loved being together and seeing little James! I am dying to finally see him! I can't wait to see you guys in just a few weeks. Love you!

Mindi said...

Um, where's the recipe for that yummy chili? I've had that Deer Valley stuff.. YUMMY! Want to send it my way? I would LOVE it! James is a doll! .. and I can't believe how big Danny is getting. Adorable. Congrats.

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Kathryn Cannon said...

I'm so honored I made the blog! That was such an amazing trip. Lizzy and I had the best time getting to know the newest member of the family. Fizzy was also so excited to hang out with Daniel. I miss my two little guys. Can't wait to see you Dec. 26. Thanks for the wonderful trip!
P.S. I need those pics, too cute

Kathryn Cannon said...

Jen, You forgot to mention that when the candy came out of the Pinata not only did Daniel shake, he laid on the ground and made a candy angel. That was literally one of the funniest things I've ever seen. I love that kid.

P.S. said...

I LOVE that Daniel started flipping out when candy came out of the pinata! I think that is the funniest/cutest thing I have ever heard. I think I will be laughing about that for days!

The Strand Family said...

Such a cute post! Danny makes me laugh :) He's such an awesome little boy. He still has the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen. James is such a babe! He has a smile that will melt many hearts. I love you so much and think that you are such a great mama. xoxo! Merry Christmas!