Saturday, November 26, 2016

Broken Bow Thanksgiving

We've been planning this trip to Broken Bow, OK for Thanksgiving since last Thanksgiving.  We got the great idea last year and wanted to go, but all the cabins were booked up.  Nana booked this beautiful cabin in January 2016 for our Thanksgiving!  

The cabin is so luxurious and just perfect for the family.  We could have even fit more people!  The fire ring, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and hot tub were so nice.  The kids had a blast as well as the adults!  I told Neil that I can't believe we've never been here considering it's only 3 hours from home.  This will be our go-to getaway location...I hope!

We brought the jeep and their bikes. 

We brought this remote control car that's been sitting in the closet and Bennett loved it!

So excited to be here!

Neil immediately got to work on the fire.  The cabin came with firewood, but it was green so the fire was hard to start.  That didn't stop Neil!

Horseshoes were a hit.

They kept getting stuck and would all have to help push it out.

The Fire Starter.

Rebecca did Sarah Kathryn's make-up a couple times and they both thought it was the best thing ever.

Neil and Daniel

Lots of snuggling together with the iPad. 

These boots are her favorite!!


The fire was so nice.

YAY!   A family picture by the fire.


Me with my biggest boy

Hot-Tub Turkeys!  Neil went to get Henry's bathing suit on and he couldn't find it.  Neil told Henry to just wear his undies.  Henry was naked and said "I don't want to wear my underwear in the hot tub, I'm going to ask Mom where my bathing suit is!" Naked.  Neil said "you will go outside naked, but you won't wear underwear in the hot tub?" yep.

Rebecca and Daniel made an apple pie and it only took 8 hours.  Here's Daniel slicing and peeling all the apples.

Crust making!

Making the lattice work

The pie looks exactly like the Southern Living recipe!

Time for the fun away from the cabin.

We went and rode a fun train through the state park.

It was so cute!

Henry fell asleep on the couch so we took turns holding him.  It's not everyday you get to hold a sleeping 5 year old.
We ate pizza at the delicious Grateful Head.  We had to sit outside so thankfully Rebecca has these hats for us to wear!  All the Lewis girls in one picture right here!
After the train, we split up in 2 cars and ended up just with Henry.  We took him to the look-out and it was nice to just spend time with him alone.  We learned that he needed to use the bathroom.  "I need to poop and pee...together...because they are friends." aight.
Our delish Thanksgiving meal!  Bennett took the pic and I look like a fat oompa loompa.

We took Bennett on the Duck boat!  We ended up going on the last ride of the year.  They won't go back out until March!

Bennett got to drive the duck!
Sweet Duck Selfie!

What a wonderful vacation!  It was so nice to get away and just relax and do whatever we wanted for a few days.  Neil said that if we would have been at home we would have been at home we would have felt like we had to do the yard, clean, or decorate for Christmas.  It was nice to have not 1 obligation.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Friendsgiving 2016

We had a ton of fun at our Friendsgiving this year!  A small group of friends gathered over fried turkey, delicious sides, and yummy non-homemade desserts.  My friend, Julie just started Card My Yard Shreveport and gave us a free yard greeting!  Love it!
Obligatory self-timer pic!

Thankful for Daniel and Amy!

Bennett, Amelie, Maddie, Anna Kate, and SK!

Catherine and Amy

A shop Thanksgiving!  Don't look at all the junk in the background.

Bryce be loving that pie!  Catherine the little pilgrim girl.

Have I ever mentioned my love of pilgrims? I was a pilgrim 2 years in a row for Halloween so that I could wear my costume to Thanksgiving!  We used to have Thanksgiving in Oneonta, AL in this big mountainside cabin. My uncle Chris took us one year and I said "Do you think I should bring my pilgrim costume?"  Not one for anything regular clothes, he of course said YES!  So we have pictures of me "serving" at the meal in my costume. The only one in costume.  Wish I knew where those pictures were.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Harvest Festival with my Rowdy Raccoon

Harvest Festival is so much fun.  Henry got to experience it last year for the first time.  This year Henry's Indian name was Rowdy Raccoon.  This fits our boy.  There were many sweet names like "Dancing Deer," "Calm River," "Laughing Eyes," and "Rainbow Princess."  We have Rowdy Raccoon.  We love our Rowdy Raccoon!

Since Henry is in the oldest class (Bridging), his class gets lots of fun things.  They get to have special fields trips, act out the nativity, and tie-dyed Indian shirts!  If that's not authentic I don't know what is!
Here they are walking out to have chapel.

Sweet Rowdy Raccoon

Our first station was painting teepees and totem poles.  Jill and I actually made our totem pole and all 6 teepees.  

This is such a fun station!

Another station is making Indian Corn magnets.  Henry loves blue so he used only blue beads for his magnet.

Here we are in the photo station.  He made a matte board for his individual photo.

Henry loves the copper punching.  It is so much fun!

Pops stopped by for a minute at the clay pot making station. Henry made a clay snake.

Mrs. Rogers' Rainbows!
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