carson: family and batman. and his teachers (after some prompting). we are beyond thankful for the amazing teachers we have for him. they are patient and kind and loving and excellent at teaching the group of kids in carson's class, all of which have different needs. i've said it before, but we are forever thankful that we moved to such a wonderful school system. we love buford!
brooks: my friends, family and God. well, if this kid drives me nuts on a daily basis i wouldn't know it by the tears in my eyes when he said these things. again, moving here has been the best thing we have ever done. the boys are surrounded by kids their age who love to play till they can no longer stand up. we have made some of our very best friends that i think we will have for life. it reminds me so much of the neighborhood i grew up in but on a smaller scale. everyone looks out for everyone. it's such a wonderful feeling. just when i was telling brooks how nice it was he put family and friends he added one more. God. this kid. we haven't done the best job of getting our kids involved in church and every year i think i'm going to work on that. but eve without us going regularly brooks is so curious about God and religion and Heaven and all that it entails. i'm so thankful that he feels it in his heart and i am going to do a better job about filling his desire to learn more.
shelby: well, she doesn't totally get the whole idea just yet but my guess would be that she is thankful for her pink (her blanket, or actually, her shreds of thread that she calls a blanket) and her princesses. oh, and her brothers who she thinks are the best things in the world. she follows brooks around and wants to do whatever it is he's doing. which usually means he has to give her the ball, crayons, paint brush, etc. and then there's carson. she has him wrapped around her finger like no other. she will lay with him and watch movies, play the iPad or just watch him play with his toys. i am so thankful she has two very different but both very loving big brothers.
after our feast here we packed up and went to the lake for the weekend. we ate, watched movies and football and played games. now it's time to detox and get ready for christmas!
making noodles with aunt megan. notice who is using the rolling pin. brooks had it but someone saw him doing it and she insisted she got to do it, too. this was literally the only picture i took of thanksgiving. next year i'll do better. maybe.
wearing our cubs shirts in honor of our chicago family! go cubs!
and this was one attempt at our christmas card picture. can you feel the "joy?" it was a hot mess as usual and i'm finding out my little one is one is the biggest hot mess when i'm trying to get a group picture. lord help us. but we sure are thankful for all three of these angels.