Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving with Family

We are so thankful for our family near and far. What a blessing to have so many of them together for Thanksgiving this year. Kim and Doug hosted all of us at their new home. Kristy and Cameron flew up from Tampa. And of course that meant that we had all seven grandkids to entertain us again! Greg’s parents joined us for a few days, and when we weren’t eating and playing around the house we were off to church, the mall, the park, and downtown KC.

At Union Station the little ones were so excited to meet Opa and Oma (their great-grandparents) when they arrived on the Amtrak train and to see the Christmas tree exhibit and other decorations. A short walk to the Hallmark Center and we spent some time in the Crayola store, ate a picnic lunch in the centrum, and then spent the afternoon making crafts at Kaleidoscope, which is an amazing place for kids!

Spread across several states we don’t get together as a family often, so when we do we try to cover all the family events and holidays at once. In addition to a scrumptious Thanksgiving turkey dinner, Doug and Cameron and Papa Greg helped the kids carve pumpkins - Halloween faces included! The pumpkin seeds were roasted as a snack and the smiles lasted throughout the visit. Thanksgiving evening became Christmas Day as we exchanged presents since we’ll again be apart on that holiday.

Over all was the joy of watching the young cousins play and talk and be together like they’d been living in the same neighborhood for all their young lives. Thank you, God, for this amazing family and the times we are privileged to spend together.

Enjoy some of the memories we have from that holiday visit
by clicking here to see the PHOTO GALLERY.

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