We'd like to extend a special thanks to all of our friends out there who expressed concern over our illness-induced absence from the blog. As a mom, sickness inflicts an extra layer of misery because the demands of parenthood don't decrease to accommodate the fatigue and lethargy. Henceforth, my productivity has decreased to the bare minimum (my children are still alive) and the blog has been severely neglected. So please excuse this particular post for being long on photos, short on words, and completely void of clever or witty anecdotes.
We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving 2012 with Travis' family: YaYa (T's mom), Papa (T's Dad), Uncle Corey (T's brother), Aunt Sarah (Corey's wife), and Cousin Abby (Corey & Sarah's adorable six-year-old daughter).
After visiting YaYa and Papa in July, we learned that the altitude in the mountains where they live is not ideal for Josie's fragile lungs, so in order to avoid another respiratory distress episode, we decided to meet in the "middle" (kind of), in lovely Kansas City, KS.
We stayed at a really cool resort that offered lots of fun activities for kids...
...including an indoor water park!
The girls refused to sit still long enough to get a decent photo but they looked too cute in their swimsuits not to share so please excuse the low-quality image.
After Thanksgiving dinner at Garazzo's (if you're ever in KC, you MUST go. You will thank us!), we celebrated Christmas together.
Holiday cheer reached new heights as the girls excitedly tore into the brightly colored packages!
Seeing those little faces light up is so much fun!
Josie has requested that we "open presents" every day since then.
Everyone loved their gifts and we had a terrific time!
Above all, we appreciated the opportunity to spend time together as a family...
...because that's what the holidays are all about...
...and we are so thankful for each other.
You won't want to miss Part 2 of our Thanksgiving Recap because it features a special guest appearance from an A-List blogosphere family. Hint: Click Here!