Monday, December 20, 2010

Thanksgiving...just in the nick of time before Christmas

Well, well, we have been so busy with the holidays. Christmas parties, going to see Christmas lights, shopping, etc. that I haven't had time to post Thanksgiving!

Right before Thanksgiving, we had some family visitors come to town. First up, Uncle Ryan and Aunt AJ, our newly-weds, came to town for the Clemson-FSU game. Little did we know that Aunt AJ was a closet Clemson fan...but never fear, FSU was triumphant over those Tigers! Before they got to town, Caden and I were practicing saying their names. He was so cute and so excited to see them...well after his 20 minutes of warming up that he needs with all new people :).

Then, literally, within hours of Uncle Ryan and Aunt AJ getting on the road, Nana came to visit. This was quite a feat! This was Nana's first time driving herself up here. She did great and now she can come see us whenever she wants! Nana played and played with Caden. They built roads out of blocks, they lined up his trucks, and of course, read books!

Aunt Kathy sent some very cool sunglasses with Nana for Caden...

We went down to Palm Harbor (near Clearwater (near Tampa)) with Grammie to spend Thanksgiving with Mi-mi, Caden's great-grandmother. Little did we know but Mi-mi said this was her first time cooking a thanksgiving meal in all of her 83 years. She did a great job! And I contributed with some of my family favorites - squash casserole and corn pie. Thanksgiving is not the same to me without squash casserole...

It was so nice outside that we decided to have thanksgiving in the driveway :).

Caden loved playing in Mi-mi's driveway/yard. It was so nice outside that we spent most of our time there!

Caden drove Mi-mi around...

Just kidding...he still just loves to hang out in the car.

And Mi-mi gave him all of the ice cream he could handle

He loved to go visit Mi-mi's ducks behind her house...

Thanks for having us, Mi-mi! We'll come back soon!

When we got back, we had to start getting ready for Christmas...he's very helpful these days.

In other news, we are making little to no progress on the potty training front. M and m's evidently don't have the appeal they once did. Caden loves Christmas lights. We go drive around to look at them and I would say they're on "Caden's side" or on "Mommy's side", and now he tells us where they are. He started saying Daddy's side the other night when Scott was driving home from dinner. He has started to want to pick out his own clothes...I didn't think this was coming so soon...He tells me that he doesn't like the pants that I pull out of his drawer and then pulls the pair he wants out. And those are just a few of the new things he is doing now. He seems to have something new everyday and we are loving every minute of it!

Family news...we put our house on the market right before Thanksgiving! We are hoping to finally build on our lot that we have had for five years, so everyone keep your fingers crossed that we get a great offer on our house. We have had two showings so far, which is apparently good. 2011 will be a great year for the Harrell family!

1 comment:

Aunt Marian said...

What a wonderful mom & dad you two are! I love your blogs. And your FB account. I didn't know your dad decorated so much for Christmas. Then I had to go down the list and read the post about Shirleen again - tears for family members no longer with us!
Miss you guys - Aunt Marian