If you saw the previous post of our video gone wrong, this is what we were actually going for. It didn't quite work out that was initially because of video mode but we finally got it in the end. It makes us laugh every time we see that video. Probably no one else but it cracks us up.
We spent Thanksgiving in Tampa with my mom's sister and her family. It was really odd to me to spend a holiday with them because they have been absent from our family gatherings for 25+ years. Now that we are resident Floridians, I have a feeling we will see them more than any of our other family. Good thing we always liked them! :-)
My first cousin, Brandy has a little girl who is going to be 1 year old in December. Until Jonah moved to Florida, Mia would grow up completely away from every cousin. I'm excited we will get to see her grow and develop. She was so over the top smitten with Jonah that we couldn't help but smile. It was so cute to watch her follow him and make every step he made. He was most unimpressed at first but warmed up to her pretty quickly. He made sure to tell me she wasn't sharing on several occasions.
Check out her bruises on her forehead. Poor baby...she is looking more and more like Jonah did during those days of learning to walk. I remember thinking the bruises on his head would be there forever.
Sissy let Jonah help set the table. His job was the silverware. I'm afraid none of us ate on extraordinarily clean forks after he got done. But, he did it and was so very proud.
He was content to help work until he realized his daddy and Mitch were playing a fishing game on Playstation 3. He then decided to stand in front of the TV and commentate what they were doing.
My uncle Tommy impressed me tons with his master turkey carving skills. I've never seen a human get as much turkey off the bone as he did. And, it was all neat. Quite impressed with that.
We had an added treat because Uncle Tommy and Sissy offered to babysit Jonah and Mia so we could go to the movie with Mitch and Brandy. Dan and I had both been wanting to see The Blind Side and had not had the opportunity. It was great to get away and hang out with them and know that Jonah was completely taken care of. I think that was our first "date" since we moved to Florida. It was much needed!
We got home rather late but did not miss the opportunity to start our tradition with THE ELF ON THE SHELF. If you aren't familiar with this, you have to go HERE to check it out. It is such a great Christmas tradition. Stay tuned for more stories about Phibby, our elf.
Jonah got to wear long sleeve/pant pajamas for the first time that night so he needed a little help getting them on. After he was all dressed in his new sheriff pajamas, he was ready for a picture.
We had such a wonderful day with our little family and our extended family. God has been so good and so faithful to our family this past year. We look back on all the changes since this time last year and it blows our minds. Never in a million years did we expect to be in Florida or at a different church but God knew. And, if He knows our steps, we are more than happy to walk in them.