Monday, November 30, 2015

A Family Thanksgiving and Birthday Celebration

Madeline was really into the Thanksgiving spirit this year.  Both girls worked hard on making the centerpiece for the table.  "Give Thanks"

I "Give Thanks" every day for these two beautifully silly kiddos....

Olivia also shows off her art work from school.  She noted she was thankful for "Giving food to other people."  Maybe she actually understood the meaning behind the bags of food we dropped into the food bank bin.

Madeline had a great idea which she implemented before our Holiday meal.  She made the "Give Thanks Pumpkin" and directed the family to pass it around and everyone had to say at least one thing they were thankful for this Thanksgiving.  It was really great and I'm so proud of her for coming up with this all on her own!

Such a big and thoughtful girl describing how the "Give Thanks Pumpkin" works

This is what happens when I ask them to smile.

Now let's eat!

Having the whole family together allowed us to celebrate Grandma Kay's 80th Birthday.  We had a great dinner and it was so nice to have everyone seated together for another meal!

City girl dressed up for a night on the town!

All the grand kids

This girl certainly has the James' family genes, evidenced by her love of chocolate cake!
We topped off the Holiday weekend with a visit to the Del Mar races.  This was the girls' first trip to see the horses run and I think they had a fun time!