Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cartee Thanksgiving!

The night before Thanksgiving we drove to Leroy.

All the Cartee cousins came to Gue 
and Pop's house for a sleepover!

Roman, Cooper, Reid and Ellis!

Roman loved actually having
 boys to play with!

Gue and the kids made a tent and told
 "spooky" stories in the living room! 

They all camped out in sleeping bags!
Walker and Nixon

Roman gave Pop kisses before bedtime!

We woke up Thanksgiving morning for 
our annual cousin 
photo-shoot with shirts Gue made.
(pictures will be posted on
 another post, there are too many!)

The kids watched a bit of the Macy's Day parade. 

Nixon giggled as she watched 
Isla pretend to be a Rockette!
(I was too busy video taping her to get pics)

Everyone played and visited
until lunch was ready!

Isla and MawMaw

Roman discovered Gue and Pop's piano!

We love the turkey dresses Gue made the girls!

Ellis enjoyed playing with the 
gumdrop turkeys the girls made!

The kids ready for lunch!

The kids enjoyed Thanksgiving lunch!

Jared tried taking his annual 
Thanksgiving afternoon nap.
Needless to say it did not last long!

We all went outside and played visited for the afternoon!

Jared and Roman

Roman played a little basketball.

The big boys played football.

The kids rode Tucker's tractor!

While Roman and Isla rode 
around with Pop on his!

Poor Roman struggled to 
stay awake (he finally gave it up).

 Isla thought would be fun to play Duck Duck 
Goose with Gue, Maw Maw, GaGa, and Jared!

Reid joined in!

We had a wonderful Cartee Thanksgiving.
We are so blessed to be able
 to spend time with our family.

I am especially grateful as I watch my children 
make special memories 
with their grandparents and cousins!

I am reminded of Psalms 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
 1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
 2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
   come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
   It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Trip to the Zoo!

A few months back Nixon Grace 
asked me if elephants were really real? 
I realized that she was too 
young to remember our trips 
to the zoo and that we really 
needed to take the kids back soon!

We have been trying to take them since 
August and haven't found
 the time until this past week!

We stopped at Montgomery Zoo on
 our way to Leroy for Thanksgiving! 

Jared and I were a little disappointed because 
most of the animals were sleeping/ hiding.

It was kind of like "Where's Waldo?" 
at most of the exhibits. 

But the kids had a wonderful time!

We saw all types of birds!

We saw sleeping bears!

The kids really liked the reptile exhibits!

Isla tried to kiss the frog 
and turn him into a Prince!

Roman had fun making all the 
animal sounds as we passed by!

Isla was our "navigator". 
She held on to the map and 
told us where to go!

She led us to the big kitty cat! :)

It was a perfect weather to walk around 
and look at all the animals. 

The best exhibit was the giraffes and zebras!

The kids really liked the elephants too! 

Of course when asked 
what the elephants say
 the kids said,

We took a short break at the 
elephants so Lottie could rest!

Roman fell and got a boo boo.

Since most of the zoo animals were not very
 cooperative I spent most of the time 
snapping pictures of my 3 monkeys! 

The highlight of the day
was riding the horses!

 All Nixon talked about the entire 
day was getting to ride a horse!

To my surprise, Isla even rode! 

We ended the day with a train 
ride around the zoo.

Roman loved the Choo Choo!

Nixon said her favorite animals
 she saw were the gorillas!
 And of course she liked
 riding the horse the most!

Isla said her favorite animals 
she saw were the monkeys!

Roman still refuses to talk but 
I am pretty sure he liked riding 
the Choo Choo the best!

It was a fun family day and a wonderful 
way to start Thanksgiving Weekend!