We had a low-key Thanksgiving this year, for GL's first Thanksgiving. We planned to have two other families for a lunch time meal, but one family had to cancel the day before due to a kid with a fever. So we ended up with four adults and four kids (2 preschoolers, 2 infants) for our potluck feast.
We did manage to snap a few pictures of our first Thanksgiving as a family of four before our friends arrived.
GL is wearing the same outfit that MC wore on her first Thanksgiving!
MC wrote everyone's names on place cards for our meal.
During MC's first fall season, back in 2012, we got these great pictures of her sitting in a pumpkin. So we thought it would be cute to try and recreate the same photos with GL. However, MC was about 8 weeks older than GL at this point during her first fall, so she was more stable and able to sit up better.
GL was...not very thrilled about sitting in a pumpkin.
Perhaps a more appropriate title would be Unhappiest Pumpkin in the Patch! (Don't worry - the entire photo shoot lasted about 6 minutes, so the torture didn't go on very long.)
This is about the best non-screaming picture we got -- doesn't she look thrilled?!
Having Big Sister near (and paci in her mouth) helped her to be a little more okay with the situation...
When MC and I were at the pumpkin patch this fall, we picked out a white pumpkin to use for a craft project idea that I had seen on Pinterest. One afternoon after preschool, the girls and I got everything set up on the driveway to work on our pumpkin project. (And MC's Ryder figurine from Paw Patrol helped, too - of course!)
We glued crayons to the top of our white pumpkin...
and then used the hair dryer to melt the wax and let it drip down the sides of the pumpkin. Turned out pretty cool!
Another one of MC's favorite fall activities is for BD to blow up a big leaf pile for her to jump in. She has been waiting anxiously all fall for her first leaf pile. Finally last weekend there were enough leaves on the ground, and she had a blast running, jumping, throwing leaves!
LA and BD have been Living, Loving, and Laughing in North Carolina since they emerged from the Louisiana bayous a little over 13 years ago. Which, not coincidentally, is the same amount of time they've been hitched. They are in their mid-30's and are the proud parents of MC (6/2012) and GL (8/2016). Email them at ncleeann (at) gmail (dot) com.
Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big. ~Unknown
Kip (2001 - 2014)
"For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog." ~Roger Caras