Sunday, November 22, 2009

3rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner with friends

Today was our 3rd annual Thanksgiving Dinner for our group of friends that mostly live in Champaign. There were 23 people- only one family couldn't come as they now live in Iowa City!

Brian and I like to put everyone at the same table for Thanksgiving so we move all the furniture out of the living room and set up big long tables. Here's what it looked like before everyone arrived.

Once everyone arrived, it was pretty standard what happened next. The women and the babies gathered in one area....
The kids went straight to the toys....
And the men found the most convienent place to drink! This time it just happened to be in the basement where the kids were so the women were happy!
As we gathered to pray before eating. With 6 families, 5 of whom have 2 kids- it was kinda rotating meal- just the kids fed first then mom and dad take turns eating and monitoring the kids.
Amara loved her potatoes!
Alaric was excited to drink his lemonade from an open cup!
Mommy and Mara snuggle after dinner!Mara found baby Zachary's carseat and tried it out- of course she still fits pretty well!
The Johnsons
The Fultons
The Dills
The Ryles
The Shaws
The Jacksons
The kids
The group- we missed you Eckhardts!
After dessert, everyone just hung out. Brian and I had some of the guys help us tear down the tables and chairs which saved us so much time. Mara went right to Cynthia and even let her snuggle her for awhile- it was unheard of and so sweet!While other moms and dads got thier little ones into jammies before the car ride home, all I needed to do was say "Mara, run around naked!!!" It's her favorite thing to do. She can't get the clothes off fast enough and then she just runs and laughs and is in heaven!
What a wonderful night together with friends! We don't get to see each other that often but when we do we have so much fun. We are so blessed to have such great friends and a constant support system who get what you are going through, don't judge you, and just love you and your kids so much! Thank everyone- Happy Thanksgiving!


Alicia said...

One day Mara is going to regret all this nakedness when these pictures resurface during her dating years! So adorable.

The Buehnerkemper Family said...

It looked like a huge success! I'm glad it all went so well & you enjoyed the evening with all your friends! :)