Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thanksgiving...a little late

Every year our little family makes the trek West for Christmas, but something extraordinary was happening over Thanksgiving that we just couldn't pass up. All of my brothers would be at my parents house with their spouses and kids in tow!! We hadn't been all together for FIVE years.

While we were all together my little nephew turned two so we had a little party at the park for him. It was a simple little party, but it was sometimes simple is the best. The kids had a blast.
We ate lunch.
We took a couple whacks at a homemade pinata.
Played on the playground and dug in the sand.

Thanksgiving in Arizona is awesome! My brother and I ran a 5K on Thanksgiving morning in preparation for our feast later in the day, but sadly didn't get a picture of the two of us.

With so many people, the house was a little tight, so we took the party outside and enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal there. The kids were in heaven to be able to run and play and the adults had a chance to sit back and chat. It was so fun! Lots to be thankful for this year!
Friday we opted out of Black Friday shopping and instead headed to the kids museum. All the Grandkids love this place!! I totally forgot the camera this trip which is so sad because the cousins had a blast together.

Saturday was family picture day!! This was a little surprise to my mom and dad. All they wanted for Christmas was and updated family photo from each of the kids. Well we did one better and got a photographer to take pictures while we were all together. My dad was so happy!

To bribe all the kids into behaving, Grandma planned a little backyard cookout post pictures. We ate hot dogs and roasted marshmallows. What a great time!

One morning, we were surprised to find that my parents road was being resurfaced. Big trucks in the front yard = entertainment for the kids.

After my brother Ryan and his kids had to leave, we had one more adventure with the remainder of the Lancaster cousins. JAMBO! It's a cheesy little indoor amusement park, but the kids had fun. We were literally the only people there, so the kids had free run of the place.
While mini golfing the kids thought the hippo looked a little hungry and decided lions and tigers where best for lunch.
To top off the best trip home ever, my amazing SIL gave birth to my newest little niece! She is adorable! Long fingers and incredible hair! Such a cutie pants!


*rOcKiN rIcHiNs* said...

Dear Lora, Thanks for helping me to remember Christmas and Thanksgiving all year round!
Love, Nikki

P.S. How can I help Bryce get a job in Southern Utah so we can be friends that run together? Let me know :) Gold Wings Forever!

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