These are letters to Jack, my son, and my daughter, Audrey. You have given me the gift of motherhood. This is just a little gift back. I want to share my experiences with you of your childhood from my perspective of watching you grow - of being your Mom.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Your Second Thanksgiving

Jack,

Yesterday was your second Thanksgiving holiday and you LOVED it. We started out after our nap heading to Uncle Steve and Aunt Terri's house to celebrate. There were bowls of pretzels you could eat from,

baby pictures to kiss, decorations outside AND inside to check out and lots of cousins to enjoy! You had a blast!

All by yourself, you discovered that Aunt Terri and Uncle Steve's coffee table had the perfect storage area for a child.

Just arrange yourself like so and.....

VOILA!!


Hey, Mom and Dada! Check this out!

This is the BEST!

Here you are kissing Aunt Terri's baby picture:

Aunt Terri had some VERY COOL and (for a todder) - pretty convincing decorations. Check out this tree face decoration that she had on her front tree.

This very well may have screwed you up pretty good because you walked around the other trees in the yard looking for their faces, too. I told Aunt Terri that in order to set it right, we'd have to put faces on every tree in existence now. That's not too much to ask, is it?


Pretzel break!

You watched Justin and Brent play video games.

You were much more interested in watching their faces and interactions than anything else.

Funny cousins!

And you LOVED Amber's bed. She may find it missing one of these days and I think you'd be the cuprit to investigate.


You made the round and visited with all your cousins and Aunt's and Uncle's

and enjoyed yourself immensely!

but the highlight of your day were the moments that we spent with Hannah.

We followed her around playing outside, downstairs, in the garage, in Jamie's car and in the front yard for the rest of the day until it was time to leave.

While on the flipside....


Things were a little more subdued

but NOT in the living room!

One guess as to who you enjoyed playing with for the rest of the night! :)

All in all - it was a fantastic Thanksgiving which reminded me what I'm most grateful for and that is family!

On the car ride home, you put your little hands out and shrugged your shoulders like you do when you are asking an important question and said "Ba-Ba?"

It touched my heart that you noticed that Uncle Bobby wasn't there. He had traveled to visit his family for Thanksgiving because Aunt Kelly had to work the night shift Thanksgiving night. It turns out that was for the best because he was able to be there with family to lend love and support to his Grandfather, so - although we all missed him - he was where he needed to be this year.

We are SO lucky, little man! I couldn't be more thankful for my life!

Love,

Mommy

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