As if the family bonding, delicious dining experiences, and aquatic adventures didn't make our Thanksgiving fantastic enough, a reunion with the blogosphere's funniest family was the cherry on top! We were beside ourselves with excitement to be in the presence of this little delight:
Miss LC was even kind enough to introduce us to her brand new baby sister, Effie. We were all captivated by this dainty little doll.
The indoor playground where we met allowed Josie the opportunity to witness LC's gross motor mastery. We were hoping that Pudge's kinetic spunk would inspire Josie but as the morning wore on, it became evident that this was not happening. It all came to a head at the top of the slide when Pudge's impatience with JoJo's stationary stance prompted her to lend a hand; when modeling won't inspire action, a good, old-fashioned shove will suffice:
At that point, Josie decided the only risk-taking activity she wanted to participate in was pickpocketing. With a room full of moms, there were plenty of diaper bags to rifle through. It was a kiddie kelpto's dream come true!
Thank goodness that savvy sweetheart, LC, came to the rescue with a diversion captivating enough to lure Josie away from her larceny: singing animals! This, my friends, is how you become Josie's bestie for life!
You know behind every funny and fabulous toddler is a funny and fabulous mom. I lie prostrate at the feet of an unflappable woman who wrangles two vibrant toddlers, welcomes a newborn into the fold without skipping a beat, and hauls them to school, medical appointments, therapy, and play dates, and she makes it look EASY! You wouldn't find me venturing on an excursion and further than the bed to the sofa when I was three weeks postpartum; I don't know how she does it.
Courtney benevolently agreed to allow me to publish a group photo of us, contingent upon some generous photo editing. I think she underestimated my digital makeover abilities. With a few clicks of the mouse, we went from Midwestern moms to third-rate Vegas showgirls:
No need to thank me, Courtney. That's what blogosphere besties are for! However, we owe all of the lovely Heigele ladies a heartfelt thank you for welcoming us back to KC with unparalleled warmth and kindness. And a special shout-out to the Heigele men, who couldn't join us because of work(Justin) and illness(Jace). We'll catch you next time, boys!