We stayed in Green River for Thanksgiving this year because Joel had to work the day before and after. We found out last minute that my sister, Adrienne, and my niece, Brianna, were able to join us from Utah for the day. I spent all day Wednesday baking (thankfully I had cleaned pretty much all day Monday and Tuesday, so when I found out Wed. afternoon that Adrienne and Brianna were coming I didn't have to worry about that).
Thursday morning we started off our day with a Turkey Trot, which was actually just a short walk in the nice crisp weather. :) But at least we got out and walked, right? It got our blood flowing and it was a great way to start the day.
There was a marathon of the T.V. show "Swamp People" on, and they were all episodes Joel hadn't seen. Let me tell you what, he was like a kid on Christmas morning. He was so happy! It was funny, and I think we all got sucked into that crazy show at least a little bit.
Our turkey wasn't very big, so it didn't take long to cook. I think we ate "dinner" around 2:00. Since there's not a lot of room we had to do things buffet style. But I made sure to snap a picture before we started eating. Then I sat down and Joel got a picture with me in it. :) As you can see, it was a tight fit in our tiny kitchen/dining room area, but we managed, and it was fun!
After we stuffed ourselves with Thanksgiving food, we took a little break, cleaned up dinner, then of course it was on to pie. After pie we played a round of Trivial Pursuit. Adrienne and Brianna were on a team and Joel and I were on a team. The kids watched and pitched in when they wanted to. :) Joel and I won, but it was a very close game.
Adam was taking lots of pictures, most of which were of the walls, the TV, etc. But there was one of Adrienne and I chillin' on the couch. :)
It was a lovely Thanksgiving, and I am so grateful for all of my blessings and the blessings of my family.
Adrienne and Brianna had to leave on Friday because Adrienne had to work Saturday. But we did manage to watch a movie, eat some more goodies, and do a quick standing-ab workout. :)
Friday evening I was lucky enough to be able to go to the last Twilight movie with my friends Jessica and Jennifer. We went to Taco Time before the show to get some empanadas. It was my first Taco Time experience, and it was pretty good. The empanadas were quite delish! I think we all enjoyed the movie, and it was great to get out and have some fun!
Saturday was Joel's birthday! He's 29 this year. Only one more year to the big 3-0! I'll hit the highlights of the day. First thing in the morning Joel opened his presents. The kids made him cards. You can't really see them, but Adam's card says "Dad Adam Happy Birthday", and he drew a picture of Joel and himself playing the matching game, and another picture of them hugging. How sweet!
I got him a new Wyoming hat, gloves, and a small thing of duct tape to go in his truck. He also ordered a truck cover a few weeks ago (so he doesn't have to scrape his windows in the morning), so that was kind of his birthday present to himself.
After lunch we went bowling. We tried to go to the one here in Green River, but as we were pulling up a lady was walking out and said they were closed until 3. That wasn't going to work for us, so we headed over to Rock Springs and bowled there. It's been years since I've bowled, and it was pretty obvious! We all had a great time!
Here's the final score. Yes, Will beat us all, but all of the kids had bumpers when they bowled, so that makes me feel a lot better. :)
Joel and I (and Audrey) went out to dinner at the Krazy Moose here in town. I get a huge kick out of that name! It was not bad. After that we came home, stuck some candles in the cherry cheesecake Joel had requested, and sang Happy Birthday. All in all I think (hope) that he had a nice birthday.
On Sunday Audrey got to wear the fun new outfit I bought for her online a few weeks ago. I am absolutely in love with the shoes! I also sang in sacrament meeting with a group of ladies. It was a lot of fun! I'd rather sing in church than speak in church any day. :) Although, we did speak in church a few weeks ago and it wasn't too bad. I also gave my first Relief Society lesson on the 11th. I'm really excited about this new calling, I think it will be a good learning experience for me.
William was baptized this weekend! On November 3rd William became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We were lucky to have my sisters Adrienne and Cindy come, as well as Joel's Mom, Brenda, and her husband, Roland.
The baptism was Saturday afternoon. It was a Stake baptism, so there were a number of other kids who were also baptized. Will was lucky to have Grandma R give a talk on the Holy Ghost, which came along with a flashlight to remind him that the Holy Ghost will help light his path in life.
We took some pictures Saturday before we left for the baptism. What a handsome eight year old!
Over the weekend we also played some games, watched some shows, and ate lots of goodies. It was a great time, and I hope that Will will remember it for the rest of his life. We are so proud of him for the decision he made to be baptized, and we love him so much!!