So Aunt Dawn graced us with her presence for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. As always we were all much looking forward to her visit. We always enjoy our time together and truly we were all wondering how the holidays were going to be without my folks to celebrate with. It turned out to be a fabulous Thanksgiving and a weekend filled with fun and games and hugs and food, of course.
She got in Wednesday, late afternoon, in the midst of chaos and preparations for Thanksgiving company. Sam and Ellie were so glad to have her they decided they wouldn't let her go home.
Allen felt sorry for us after cleaning and cooking all day and offered to panini us some sandwiches. He threw in popcorn and jelly beans, just in case. (We always serve jelly beans, popcorn and pretzel sticks the night before Thanksgiving because when the kids were little they got such a kick out of Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving dinner.)
We got quite the fashion show from the little Miss.
And Dawn got a cuddle. By the way, she LOVES this dress, Aunt Dawn, and wears it ALOT!
We started Thursday with a breakfast buffet, the Macy's parade
and lots of time to make up for missed hugs and cuddles.
was forced got to sit in on
Allen's rather loud and fun Bible lesson.
We found out the afternoon before that our 1 guest for Thanksgiving dinner was going to be 9 instead, which made for some fun times and a nice full table.
After dinner us "grownups" played a number of raucous rounds of Pit while the teenage set played a rather quiet game of Taboo.
To retaliate, in the afternoon, Dawn put my cookie painting skills to shame while we baked dozens of cookies for her church's cookie walk. Yes, we sampled a lot. There is something to be said for baking cookies with a good friend. I think Dawn put it best in an email "I’ve baked dozens of cookies since then, but none have turned out as well, or as been as much fun as baking with you." That sums up the afternoon perfectly.
Friday night, to continue our kick off day for the holiday season, we went to see a theater production of "The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever". A bunch of laughs was an fun way to end a festive (and tasty) day with a special friend. If you've never read this book, do so. You won't be sorry. (And no the movie is NOT as good.... you have to read the book.)
Saturday morning was more cookie baking...
... and sampling.
By Saturday afternoon, we decided it was safe enough to brave the stores and headed out for Target and, of course, lunch at Chick-fil-A. We decided to give Dawn her Christmas gift since we knew we wouldn't be able to get together for the holidays.
Saturday evening we got crafty. Dawn is one of those people who can make anything and make it look incredible. We cashed in on her skills for our Jesse tree project.
Then we spent the evening making Christmas cards together.
Come Sunday morning, it was sad to say our time together was already over. But before Dawn headed out for her return trip, we had to have a few pictures. What else did you expect?
You know you have a good friend when every time you visit, it doesn't matter how long you spend together, it is always too short and over too soon.
Thank you, friend, for blessing us with the gift of your friendship and giving us a weekend of beautiful memories to see us through til we meet again.
Kat and the rest of them
"Friends are the family we chose for ourselves."