We had so much to be thankful for last Thursday as we gathered at my parents' house for Thanksgiving. This year has brought us a new baby boy along with countless blessings. We watched the parade, feasted and enjoyed our family time.
Libby has become the official cornbread crumbler for the dressing. Actually, all my kiddos are excellent crumb makers. She did a very efficient job!
The girls kept us entertained while we awaited our Thanksgiving meal with some interpretive dance performances...
One of two birds. Dusty smoked this one on the Big Green Egg. It was righteous.
...and Mom's table was beautiful as always!
There were pumpkin cookies to decorate to keep little hands busy...
...and fun with cousins Sarah and Shannon.
Here is the young man on his first Thanksgiving. Baby food turkey and sweet potatoes were the perfect fare for the day!
It was a delicious and fun holiday. We even went to the movies that afternoon and it was a nice way to shake off that turkey coma.
I shopped on Friday morning (not hardcore...around 8:00 AM) and got some great deals around NorthPoint. We drove back home that afternoon since the next "holiday" was coming up...The Iron Bowl!
We had Dusty's entire family in for the big game and tailgated ALL day on Saturday. It finally feels like football weather in our neck of the woods so it was nice to be out to enjoy it.
We enjoyed a barbecue lunch as well as a bushel of these bad boys...
Dusty and his dad took turns shucking and those around our tailgate were either jealous or completely grossed out!
The cousins played hard.
Charlie was tuckered from all the excitement. Cici's arms were the perfect place to nap.
Annie and her leaf microphone. Do you see a musical theatre theme here? These are my days...
Dusty and I went to the game and, although Auburn didn't pull out an upset against Alabama, we enjoyed a football date together! War Eagle!
So, it appears that mutant Eustachian tubes and gigantic lymph nodes must run in our little family. This week, Annie and Charlie will both have surgery to help them hear and breathe better. Charlie will have tubes placed in his ears as a result of five (count them, FIVE!) continuous ear infections that he has had in the last three months. It is a very simple procedure, but he will have to be put to sleep.
Big sister Annie will be having her adenoids and tonsils removed to help with nasal congestion, snoring and sleep apnea. Libby has had tubes plus these two procedures done as well, so we know what to expect, but it will still be difficult to hand her over to a nurse. Her surgery will be much more involved, ( an IV, anesthesia, a 10 day recovery and limited post-op diet). She is also younger than Lib was at the time that she had this done, so I am trying to prepare her, but I'm not sure how much she is understanding.
If you think about it, would you please pray for my two little ones this week? I am buckling my chin strap for the coming days and am making my grocery list to include lots of Jello, Popsicles, pudding, soup and Gatorade.
We are trusting in the Lord that these procedures will be the best thing for Annie and Charlie in the long run and they will both start off 2012 happy and healthy!