Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgiving 2009 was spent at my Granny's country home. We pot-luck when we visit her and everyone always brings the same dishes. You can count on David to make a crisp, buttered turkey, Cathy to make a perfectly crunchy hash-brown casserole, and Granny to make a sweet pecan pie. I crave those things, both the food and the tradition.

I made Harbor a turkey shirt to wear for Thanksgiving- he wore it to my dad's side of the family, my side of the family, and then to David's side. That little turkey shirt was washed everynight, i'm pretty sure. It was fun to create, but I need to get busy with his Christmas shirt- it will be here before we know it!

Our "Four Generations" pose

My, what a difference a year makes! The same pose, Thanksgiving 2008

The above picture makes me giggle... Harbor was two weeks old. I was nursing, had gotten up at least three times the night before to soothe him, and was responsible for the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy that day. David, of course, did the cooking, but this picture really makes me laugh. You would never know by my smiling face how overwhelmed I was to have had a baby just days before the holiday rush!  : )   That is what I think our blogs don't portray.. the work that goes into making everyday special for our children. I think all mothers of young children share a special bond because of that. We are all in it together, busy and tired, but loving every minute!

Razorback game with Dad and David, October 2009

Sweet Rachel on the jumbo-tron- last one on the right

Beautiful friend, Ashley! So great to see her there unexpectantly!

And, just for kicks, these are a few pictures off my camera of Harbor helping me paint in my craft room.

For Harbor, the best part of going down is coming back up!

HW is walking at full speed. A few days after Thanksgiving, he took off. I think the Christmas tree was definitely good motivation. A gigantic, sparkling evergreen will work wonders for hesitant feet!  : )

We are staying busy with Christmas preperations. I decorated a few days before Thanksgiving this year. I usually wait until the day after, but David's brother, wife, and three children traveled from Omaha to stay a few days with us, and I wanted the house to feel festive. Last night, I hosted our 5th grade teachers' Christmas Party and next week we are hosting David's work party. My Christmas cards are being mailed out and handmade gifts are being painted- we are "hustlin' and bustlin" this holiday season. I love it though. Don't you just love to turn off all the lights in the house and stare at the Christmas tree? We are so blessed to have a warm home, a healthy son, and loving relationships. I know you are, too!

Have a great weekend! Stay warm!


  1. I always love when you post b/c you always have so many fun pictures! That shirt for Harbor is too cute!

  2. Jessica,
    How adorable these pictures are. It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a beautiful CHRISTmas season. That shirt of Harbor's is just adorable. I look forward to seeing his CHRISTmas shirt.

    Have a Beautiful Weekend,

  3. The pictures are so precious! I love HW's turkey shirt. You are so creative, girl. I need lessons.

  4. You are so creative & make HW the cutest stuff!

  5. That Thanksgiving shirt is just adorable!!! I can't wait to see your Christmas decorations. You are so ceative :)

  6. Cute stuff as usual Jess! Love the turkey shirt!! And your black and pink shirt is way cute too :)

    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

  7. All year long I look forward to the moment I get to turn off all the lights and just stare at the the tree!

  8. I love his shirt! You did a great job- can you please teach me how to sew?! And I looked for you at the Razorback game but I just couldn't see that high!!

  9. Oh my!! Can I just are amazing! How do you get all of this stuff done? Please tell me more about that turkey shirt, which is too cute by the way! I have never really sewed much before but I am thinking about leaning...was it pretty easy?

  10. I love reading your sweet posts! And I love how you reminded us that even though everything looks great and put together in a picture, that it does take work and effort to get it that way. That is the great thing about life. It makes everything we do rewarding. If I get myself a boy this time you are going to have to help me out with boy wardrobe stuff:)

  11. Looks like you guys are doing wonderful. Looks like everything turned out good for Harbor's first bday. Cade loves to look at our christmas tree and sounds like "oh wow" is coming out of his mouth when he passes by it:) I hope you guys have a great Christmas!!

  12. The turkey shirt is too cute! You are so right. I feel like so many of my bloggy friends have it ALL together. And after visiting with some of them I realize how normal I am and that they are just like me. We all feel overwhelmed lots of the time and we all struggle with making the BEST decisions and making the best life for our little ones. I love your honesty, friend!

  13. Third Grade.... Literacy Coach must be pretty fun!

  14. Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. I love the shirt! You should total sell them! And I can't wait to see his Christmas shirt.