I could give you all kinds of details and tell many a funny story about last week - but for some reason (i.e. three kids) my "free" time is extremely scarce at the moment.
So I'll keep it short and get right to the point.
But...it was awesome.
First, my sister Tiff, with her husband Randy and baby Madden, came from Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with us.
It was their first trip to Rochester, I hadn't seen this guy since he was a newborn, and I can't tell you how much I loved having my sister here.
The day after their arrival, and the day before Thanksgiving, we had Noah's 6th Birthday Party at Soccer World.
Best. Thing. Ever.
Here's a few action shots...
I'm a great photographer, no?
But you get the idea. He had the time of his life.
These are the only photos I have of Thanksgiving day...
the babies lying in their boppys like perfect angels while we feasted.
But I can tell you it was enjoyed by all.
The highlight just might have been drinking straight from the Martinelli's bottles, which is becoming something of a Thanksgiving tradition for us.
On Friday evening my parents arrived.
And on Saturday morning Paul's parents arrived.
All just in time to celebrate Noah's ACTUAL 6th birthday.
Think balloons, more presents
and an ice cream cake from Cold Stone, per Noah's request.
Then the gifts were enjoyed
and games were played.
Including, but not limited to, the Limbo.
Which Alex is the star of - or at least she had us laughing while trying.
Noah was not the only one who got a gift that day.
My mother-in-law brought me (and Avery) this baby sling designed for the "overwhelmed caregiver" (seriously, it's in the manual - and I definitely qualify).
It is now where she spends the majority of her time. We both love it.
Thanks Grandma Gunn!
And speaking of Avery, she is much more alert and so fun.
She's full of smiles (although none caught on camera yet) which means Paul is going to have to give up this lovely imitation of Avery's facial expressions.
(pretty good, no?)
And speaking of faces, here's Alex's face after eating donuts (the top only) for breakfast (and possibly lunch and dinner too).
Sunday was the day Avery Jane was blessed by her father.
It was a wonderful blessing and we are so grateful to all of the family members who were able to be there to participate.
As for this family photo...well, what can I say? We'll just add it to our collection of ridiculous family photos - we're really good at those.
(although it is getting semi - embarrassing.)
Avery was a sweetheart during her blessing, but less than happy to take pictures afterwards.
(yep, definitely one of ours)
My parents and youngest brother
And my sister Tiff - who had to leave immediately afterwards.
Yeah, I cried. And I want her to come back. And I've been missing her everyday since.
And I'm not the only one. Alex was so sad to see them go.
Here we are with our beautiful (screaming) baby girl.
(and someone please tell me that's not what I really look like!!!)
My parents took off the next day but we spent a couple more days with Paul's parents - this was their first visit to Rochester as well.
We were able to sneak in some Christmas shopping AND a date for me and Paul.
2 birthday parties
and 1 baby blessing
Like I said...