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Thanksgiving 2011

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We had a pretty awesome Thanksgiving again this year!  My sister, brother-in-law, and sweet little nieces came up from Austin for Thanksgiving and we had a blast! 
We ate way too much….which I didn’t get any pictures of…because I was eating way too much too!! 
Then we went to the Lake Highlands Rec Center playground to burn off some the big lunch we ate….

Then it was back to Mimi & Pop’s house to visit some more.  At the end of the evening, it was time to take Devon home so he could have Thanksgiving with his dad, grandmother and great-grandmother the next day due to his dad (Jamie) collapsing and being taken to the emergency room on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.  Luckily, he was okay.  It wasn’t a heart attack, but looked like a panic attack accompanied by low blood sugar.  So they were having Thanksgiving a day late.  Cheyenne loves her big brother so much and loves to give him kisses when he goes back home.
Devon is such a good big brother and loves his little sister so much!  Sometimes he can be a little rambunctious and get her all worked up, but he loves her and loves to play with her and interact with her. 
On Friday, we visited over at Mimi and Pop’s again, but 4 girls under age 4 tend to get restless if cooped up too long, so we had to take a trip to the park.  I introduced them to Abbott Park, which is one of our favorite parks to go to.  They had so much fun playing and running off some energy.

Cheyenne got to swing in a big swing…she loves to swing and is so proud of herself for being in a big swing. 

Zoe and Cheyenne decided to slide together!

Rachel was climbing and hiding out, being her usual cute self. 

Claire got to swing with Grandpa.  What a cutie!!

Then we decided to try and get a group photo of the four girls…it was tough, but we finally got a pretty cute shot….

Then it was back to Mimi and Pop’s for a little more visiting, but the girls just wanted to play outside some more.  I think we spent 80% of this day outside.  It was such pretty weather and the girls had so much fun playing together in the backyard.

Cheyenne and Rachel emerged from the foliage and looked like they were up to no good.  I have no idea what they were plotting, but no major events happened, so perhaps it was just a little girl talk…

Then it was time for Cheyenne’s Uncle Christian to play Mega Blocks with the girls.  He would build and they would knock it down.  It looked like tremendous fun.  Claire decided to opt out of the block play and have some quiet time to herself in the background. 
Then it was off for a change of scenery to feed the ducks at White Rock Lake.  With four kids under age 4, you have to change things up pretty often.  The ducks at the lake were plentiful and the geese were almost as big as the kids.  We fed them a lot of bread and they kept wanting more!!

Talk about a lot of ducks.  This isn’t even all of them.  There’s this many more off to the left; not to mention the tons of them that were over by the dock. 
After we fed the ducks at the lake, we went back to the hotel that my sister was staying at and we all had pizza for dinner and the kids loved riding the elevators up and down.  They were glass elevators so the girls loved riding and being able to see everything as they went up and down. 
All in all, this was a great Thanksgiving weekend and I am so glad that they were able to come up to spend this time with us. 

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