Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009- a Whirlwind!

Wednesday evening we headed to Galesburg. The kids love all the one on one attention they get from Nana and Grandpa!

Thursday morning we headed to Iowa City to be with my family!
Brady, Taylor, and Matthew use thier family time to catch up on video games together!
Grammy and Mara share a moment.
Woody and Brad do their jobs as "sons" and carve the turkey!
Another AMAZING meal, Auntie Doris!
After lunch, a quick football game started with some of the boys!It's amazing what can happen when you let the TV turn on...look at the crowd!As always, the kitchen became the gathering and grazing location for everyone.Mara realized just how sticky rice crispy treats can be!
Thursday night a game of Trivial Pursuit began- old farts over 40 against younguns under 40. It was close but the old farts won!
The kids get so creative....some mini blind holders used as ramp, dozens of matchbox cars and some toddlers to lay on the stairs so the cars had something to jump over- so fun!
My cousins, Woody and Mindy, take in foster kids. Their newest family addition is a sweet little girl names Kirah. She's blind, has significant brain damage, and lots of medical needs and disabilities. Still, she fit in great with the family and was a big deal to the other little girls ( Veronica and Mara) who were no longer the littlest kids around!
During a TV marathon moment, Mara went right over to Taylor and just sat down in his lap. It was so sweet and unlike Mara since she barely let anyone hold her except me and Bri all weekend.Alaric, Amara, and Veronica got to have their dessert on the kitchen floor- ICE CREAM BARS!!!
Cousin Maddie had so much fun entertaining them!
Kirah, Amara, and me take a snuggle break! Mara was very jealous when I held the baby so she is definately trying to snuggle close.
Every Friday after Thankgiving, The Bechtel/Houser Family travels to the Amana Colonies for some shopping and lunch. Atleast 5 years ago now, the men discovered that Amana has it's own Brewery. Every year, my parents, us, and my brother and sis in law head to the brewery to sample beer and stock up. The weather was so nice this past weekend, we could drink our beer outside and let the kids run!
The boys and their babes as they walk from the Brewery to the restaurant
Look at my Movie Star!!!!

Bri and the kids wait outside to get into THe Brickhouse Restaurant in Amana Colonies- a Bechtel Family tradition for 30 years.

Uncle Dan and Mara
Alaric and Brad
Alinia and Benjamin
Mara and V want to do everything like the big girls, even sticking their feet in the air and kicking
Maddie and Alinia did an amazing dance routine for us all Friday night. The kids participated too. I have great video to post but I'm having technical difficulty. I'll try later. Here is the cutest pic of the kids bowing.
The kids take over Nana and Grandpa's basement as soon as we got back to Galesburg Saturday morning.
Aunt Anita and Alaric get a few minutes to play together before Nita had to head back to Chicago.
Grandpa and Nana show us the exciting construction on the huge house being built next door!
Grandpa and Mara walk back to the house hand in hand!
Uncle Jeff and Alaric take in some Bob the Builder!
Aunt Tammie loves to have quality time with Mara!
What a wonderful weekend with family!

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