Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving & Mckenna

It's thankful Thursday time! We all have so much to be thankful for and we love to take this opportunity just to write down each and everything that comes to mind. Please take this time to share with us what you're thankful for as well. If you have a blog expressing your thankfulness, please share the link! Without further ado, here's what we're thankful for:

Mandi's List:
I'm thankful for smiles. Mckenna has started to smile AT US. Not just smiles in her sleep or randomly during the day because she didn't know what her face was doing. We're talking SMILES. Real ones. You have to give her the scariest, biggest, so-big-it-looks-like-a-painted-on-clown smile to get her to smile back, but I smile at her til my cheeks hurt...and it's worth it!! I am so thankful that she's growing and developing. I am SO thankful for her smiles. I am a bit partial, but I think they may be the cutest smiles in the history of smiles.

I'm thankful for family. Ronnie's dad and step-mom are in town for the week, and it's awesome to have them here. It's great to get to hang as a family and spend time together.

I'm thankful for our first Thanksgiving as a family. We've never had a Thanksgiving at our house, and it seems so perfect to have our first Thanksgiving at our home the same time as our first family Thanksgiving. With that said, I'm REALLY thankful that Ronnie's step-mom is here to help make Thanksgiving dinner...I'd be in trouble if I had to try to cook it on my own. I could figure it out, but it wouldn't be pretty.

Ronnie's List:

I'm thankful and excited that we're going to be able to host our first Thanksgiving as a family at our house. Like I mentioned yesterday, my Dad and step-mom are in from San Antonio and we thought it'd be the perfect time to host a Thanksgiving meal. We usually go down to Tucson, which I'll of course miss somewhat, but starting some of our own traditions is very important to me. We may not do Thanksgiving here every year, but proving we could have the ability to do so is exciting!

I'm so thankful that I have my special time with Mckenna. Like I've said before, and no I'm not extremely proud of this, but I'm just a tad bit jealous that Mandi gets to spend a bunch of quality time with Peanut while breast feeding. In order to get some special time of my own, I "called" tub time with Mckenna. So far she has taken to the water very well and it has been an enjoyable experience for us both.
I'm thankful for the reactions we're getting from Peanut lately. She's getting real good at tracking with her eyes, turning her head to find us and smiling when we're silly. Granted, she still has her biggest smiles before barfing or pooping, but the smiles she gives to us just because, are quite special.

Lastly, a very very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope that no one is actually reading this because of family time, but if you are, please take a moment to reflect on all that you have to be thankful for.

So, what are you thankful for today?

Thanksgiving Visitors!!

This week and into the next, we have the pleasure of having my dad and step-mom hang out with us and spend the holidays in our home. They came in from San Antonio to see Mckenna for the first time and we all thought Thanksgiving would be a great time for the visit. It's especially nice to have them here for Thanksgiving since this will be the first Thanksgiving dinner hosted in our home and to be frank, we really wouldn't know where to get started. Thankfully Denise is here to show us the ropes in the hopes that we may be able to do this on our own someday :)

We hit up the grocery store today to make sure we had everything we needed for the big meal on Thursday. Just off the top of my head, it looks like we'll be having: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, cauliflower, cranberry sauce, corn and pumpkin pie. Think that's enough for the 4 of us (and I wouldn't be surprised if I'm forgetting a thing or two)??? I seriously can't wait as the Thanksgiving meal is one of my favorites, although I always must remember not to eat myself to death...almost literally. Have I told that story on RSBR before? The time that my Thanksgiving meal almost killed me? That's a good one.

Anyway, the whole point of this blog is to welcome my dad and Denise to Arizona and let them know I'm extremely happy they are here (as I know they'll get the message since they read this everyday). I look forward to the next 8 days and can't wait to see what trouble we get ourselves into. Thanks for the help with the yard today and please, don't hesitate to think of other projects we can knock out while ya'll are here. I mean, we can't sit around and stare at Mckenna all day every day right? Right???

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mckenna Speaks!!