First of all we celebrated Camden's birthday with my mom and Joe the weekend before Thanksgiving. My niece Olivia's eleventh birthday was on the 22nd so we had a combined party.
Camden decided that he would be the first grandchild of my mom's nine grandchildren to prefer her over Papa Joe. She is eating her newfound celebrity status for all it's worth. Camden seriously would not let her go home!
On Thanksgiving morning, after my uneventful Turkey Trot and Aric's football game, we celebrated Lil' C's birthday.
Camo only got one wrapped present. Here's my reasoning...first of all he is one and won't care, and two, I had way too much to do besides wrapping presents that day.
C loved his piano...and so did his big sisters.
I had to remind both of them that they needed to back off and let Camden have a turn with his toy. He also loved his new (unwrapped) scootie scoot.
I couldn't decide which picture was cuter so I included them both.
After Camo's present opening it was time to get the feast started. Aric worked diligently on the turkey, as he does every year. I love that I don't ever have to think about it, which is why I didn't go ballistic on him when he told me at 9pm the night before that he had forgotten to get the peanut oil! So I went to FOUR-ish stores to find some...apparently we are not the only people who fry turkeys around here...
Our tradition is to invite the LDS missionaries serving in our area for our Thanksgiving meal. We love these two sisters who are serving in our ward, Sister Bruner and Sister Bailey.
(I make people wear these hats if they have the great pleasure of eating with us.)
We also had my friend Sarah and her girls join us. Her husband is a police officer who had to work so we invited them to party with us.
After we had our feast (I made mashed potatoes for the first time ever thank you very much!) We sang to Camden, and he got to have his birthday pie...pumpkin of course!
He liked us singing to him. I have two video clips, and there are only about 50-ish seconds combined. You can thank me later for not making you watch them. I tried to post them but youtube wouldn't let me....too bad.
The best part, of course, is the mess and he worked it!
We had a great Thanksgiving. This holiday will always be extra special for me and my family. My cup runneth over...my joy is full...my heart is whole. What more can I say?