Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving

(Our little family at dinner)

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! I spent the morning relaxing and getting myself and Avery ready for the day. Neil went with his brother and some friends to play their annual Turkey Bowl football game. We started the festivities at Neil's mom's house. We were missing Lindsey & Ed (we really missed you guys!!) but the rest of Neil's family was there. Neil's mom, Grace, made these cute name tags that each had a different quote about gratitude, and a different question we had to answer. My question was "Name something you're grateful for about the way you were raised." Neil's question was "Name someone who has been an example to you of gratitude." It was a very fun activity that really helped us all reflect on the things in our lives that we are grateful for. His extended family came over later for dessert and we all sat and enjoyed each others' company. Later in the evening, we went to my parents' condo up in Midway. We enjoyed more dessert and played games with the fam. We ended up staying up VERY late! It was a wonderful day filled with food, family, and fun!! It was a great beginning to my favorite time of year!

(The loves of my life!)

To keep with the spirit of gratitude, I would have to say that one of the things I'm most grateful this year is my own little family! Avery has brought so much joy to our lives!! I love being a mother and soak in every minute of it! I'm sure I'm spoiling her rotten, but I snuggle her pretty much all day! I love to rest my cheek on the top of her head and breathe in her "new baby" smell. I also love to watch Neil with her. He is the most wonderful father and it's so obvious how much he absolutely adores her! I must say, though I wouldn't have thought it possible, our love for each other has grown ten fold!! It's amazing, the depth of my love for him. I am so thankful for the blessings I've been given, and for the family I have to share my life with!

7 comments:

Leah said...

Love your family picture!

Jennifer said...

You have such a cute family! I can't believe how big Avery is getting already!

Shellie the Vengeful said...

Wow..we go to Midway for Thanksgiving every year. We were probably pretty close! Avery is such a bright-eyed doll. You guys are the cutest little family. One question for you..what kind of colon cleanse did you and neil do way back when? something from the healthfood store? and also, where did you deliver Avery?

Kristin said...

I love Avery's little dress, it's so cute! And you look so good!!

Shellie and Bryan said...

Thanks! That website was amazing. I seriously am ready to start one of those tomorrow. So are you doing the Toxin-out one in January? Let me know how it goes! Thanks again for the info ;)

Laura said...

Cute blog Jodi, I love Summer's stuff. Avery is sooooooo cute. It was good to see you guys on Sat.

Laura said...

Hey Guys,
We decided not to use our last name on our blog anymore so can you change the link on your blog to say Bret n Laura family or something without using our last name. Thanks.