03 December 2008

Thanksgiving Traditions

This is what 40 lbs of turkey looks like

I am thankful for:
  • Brent, Bella, and Peanut*
  • A feast with family all together
  • Hot coffee
  • Fresh bread
  • Bunnies
  • Yarn
  • A warm house
  • Babysitters
  • Basement storage
  • The web
  • Traditions
*Bella named the baby.

I became overwhelmed with this thankfulness list. However, I'm just going to leave it lie. You can over think these things.

Thanksgiving this year was a beautiful gathering at my cousin's house. I, unfortunately, was sick and left after just a couple hours. I went home and got straight into bed. Luckily, Brent was slightly less sick than me so Bella still had someone to boss around and provide her snacks.

We were feeling a little better by Friday afternoon, so we decided to try to go downtown for the annual Black Friday trip to Macy's and Holidazzle. We got to the hotel and laid around and had some chicken noodle soup, and I was feeling better. We managed to fine a lot of fountains for Bella to throw pennies into. (And, mortifyingly, to fish pennies out of.)

Throwing Pennies

Fountain Family

After happy hour in our hotel rooms, we bundled up for Holidazzle.

Holidazzle Parade

Although it was about 35 degrees so we didn't really need to dress for arctic ice fishing. Then it was dinner and bedtime for the little one.

Time for bedtime stories!

Nana is reading the new book that Bella got that day, "Dora Saves the Snow Princess." Because watching the movie by the same name a gazillion times is just not enough Dora!!

In the morning, we slept in, then sent Bella into Nana and G'pa's room, then slept in a little more. Then we headed over to the Macy's 8th floor show, "A Day in the Life of an Elf." So sweet!

A Day in the Life of an Elf My kind of schedule Mom and Bella Polar Bear and Penguin Walrus trimming the tree Watching for Santa to peek out A glimpse of Santa Gingerbread Man

Bella sat on Santa's lap and told him she'd like him to bring her candy and cookies for Christmas. Then they sang jingle bells. Afterward, she told me she had to talk loud because he had a hat covering his ears. Then we got a cookie. It was all very cute and a wonderful tradition for kicking off the season. Now, let the frantic craziness begin!

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