Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy ThanksgivingOn Saturday morning Caleb/Ainsley/Aubrey slept in until 7!!! I knew it was going to be a great day. We came downstairs, looked out the window, and it was snowing!!!! Aubrey watched from a FAR warm distance while Caleb and Aubrey danced and tried to touch the snow.
After all of the excitement we packed and headed to Winsdor for a Griner Thanksgiving Feast!
After the Feast the kids had a Turkey Race and the adult placed bets (M&M's) in hopes their child would win. "Toddler" Jane won! Aubrey and Caleb loved the M&M's. Aubrey spent the entire day with cousin Faith, Caleb kept busy with excitement (with only one "popcorn" accident), and Ainsley slept.
Caleb went and saw Grandpa Griner and had another x-ray on his front 2 teeth. They are still holding strong!
In the evening we had planned to attend the annual Moonlight madness (Parade, lights at the park, and Santa) but with the cold rain we decided to just see Santa. We got there early, the line wasn't very long, and the kids were excited. Ainsley was the most excited. While we were waiting our turn she would leave my side, walk up really close to Santa, laugh, and walk back. By the time we got to Santa and she realized I was going to put her on Santa's lap pure fear kicked in.
Aubrey loudly and clearly asked for a TENT and Caleb (2 times) yelled A TRAMPOLINE. Last year we waited in line for an hour and Aubrey was to shy to sit on his lap but whispered A Purple Castle. Caleb sat on his lap and asked for a CAKE. For the next 25 days he told everyone he wanted A CAKE for Christmas. On Christmas morning as the kids eagerly climbed the stair so see what Santa had brought them Caleb said "Did Santa bring my Cake?" In the end Aubrey got a pink doll house and she said "I love my purple castle" and Caleb got a Red Wagon (we were lucky/smart enough to have an extra Christmas cupcake close by in case the red wagon wasn't a hit). Will the kids get what they ask Santa for this year??? I guess we will have to wait and see!!!
Since Ainsley sat on Santa's lap (very shortly) he gave her a candy cane. She loved the candy cane! Overall, we had a fun time with family. We are so thankful and feel blessed to have a healthy family, a paying job, and the gospel to help guide us during times that are tough. Last year at this time we were stressing about Finals (which also made us wonder What are we going to do? Where are we going to live?), had 3 kids in one room, and had 2 kids in diapers. What a difference a year makes. I am so thankful and count my many blessings.

*Gas was $1.39 in Lone Jack!!!


Sunshine and Snoug said...

1.39 I can't believe it!!! So amazing! The kids looked adorable, I'm glad they had a good time and it's great that Aubrey has a cousin her age. Don't worry about Ainsley, remember that year I ran away from Santa Claus and 2 teenage girls had to bring me back...terrifying!!!

The Griner Family: said...

Steff, I do not think they brought you back. Didn't they drop you off on a corner? Dad was mad!! Santa that year was Brother Smithson by the way.

Kristen and Spencer said...

Your kids are so cute! It looks like you had a fun Thanksgiving! We can't wait to see you at the end of the month! We wish your kids could come too, but that would probably be a pretty big task to get them all here :) But I hope I'll meet them someday!

Matt, Ella, and Jane said...

It was so great to see you and your kids and to finally meet Ainsley! And I love your house!