Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

We just got home from our visit to Arkansas for Thanksgiving! It is always so good to go home. We are so thankful that our families live so close that we can always celebrate holidays and see them both when we go home. The only downside of our visit this year was that I didn't get to see my Granny and Grandpa :( My Granny has pneumonia so we are keeping her germ free so she can get to feeling better. But Christmas is just a few weeks away and we will be heading back!

On the road to my house, the botanical gardens had a fun sled that Ella wanted her picture in and beautiful lights. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  

We gathered enough holiday spirit when decorating Nana B and Papa Bo's Christmas tree so Santa dropped off our elves, Betsy and Ballard! This is the first year that Ella has really understood the elf thing and gets a kick out of it. Christmas is so much fun with kids. It brings out the child that is still in me :)
 This year was our year to spend Thanksgiving Day at the Reading's. She was so excited to play with all of her cousins. Mimi and Pops live way out in the country and the kids absolutely exhausted themselves running and playing outside for 3 days straight. There is so much freedom and safety and they just go wild outside on the land! They both ended up sick by the time we got them home, but it was worth it. I love the weather in Arkansas. It actually feels like winter is on it's way! So homey and cozy.

Aunt Dee Dee and Uncle Andrew got the kiddies matching Christmas nommers :) Ella loves being with all of her cousins. She gets a cuddly sense of being an only child on my side and has a lots of Aunts, Uncles and cousins on the other side. Best of both worlds!
 I accidentally dressed Luca in LSU colors on gameday, but we were really rooting for the Hogs...except for the Uncle Andrew (the ONLY non-Arkansas member of our family). :) Luca was annoyed by the yelling.
 Christmas shopping is done early, wrapped and already in Arkansas. Now it's just time to enjoy the season and celebrate our Savior's birth!

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