Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I AM T H A N K F U L ! !

Isn't Thanksgiving a GREAT holiday?!? I love it! I love getting together and thinking of all the things I'm grateful for... like this guy- isn't he handsome in his headdress??
Seriously though, I am so THANKFUL for Kelly! He works so hard and is a terrific husband and father. He gets to have Lasik eye surgery at the end of the month and I am so excited for him!
So, for Thanksgiving this year we drove to Utah to be with my fam. We decided to drive through the night, and that was a dream come true! The kids slept for 8 of the 10 hour drive!! When we finally stopped the car (at 4am) Addison said "Are we there already?!? Like I said, it was a miracle and I vote that we drive through the night for all future trips!

The first evening we went to a great place called Jump on IT! It is a warehouse with wall-to-wall trampolines! The 'kids' loved it! and by kids, I mean Kelly, me, and EVERYONE who went! Laynie obviously had a great time... this brings up another 'thankful'- I am an thankful for Laynie, and at this moment I am thankful that she waited to get sick until AFTER our trip. (Poor girl has been sleeping now for almost 17 hours with only short wakeful moments to get a drink!) Laynie is a wonderfully sweet girl and is such a big help to me! We love you Laynie!

Addison also L.O.V.E.D. Jump on IT! and jumped all of his energy right out! I am so thankful for Addison! He is becoming such a great reader and it is so exciting for me to listen to him read a book and not even have to help him! (very much!) He is a good big brother and so fun to have around!

Woo! GO Mama! This picture can represent my "thankfulness' for a healthy body- I even landed that back flip!!

Thanksgiving morning it is a tradition in the Pickett household to play here's a little husband-wife action on the field! Kelly doesn't love soccer cause he's not as good at it as all the other sports in the world, but he was a 'good sport' and played hard to lead our team to victory!!

Miss Hailey watched the big game from the playground! I am THANKFUL for Hailey! Could there be a better baby? She is happy and easy-going, she is SILLY and makes us all laugh! She is Snuggley!! and she just learned to sing "I am a Child of God"- It's ADORABLE!!

Nope, I'm not giving Mary a hug, I am totally doing an illegal hold so that she wouldn't get the ball. Soccer is way more fun without all the rules :) I am thankful for my sisters!...and my brothers! We have a great family and I feel blessed for that!

The aftermath- It was a beautiful day!

And a family pic- Got to take advantage of Dad at every opportunity! Thanks Dad! I am Thankful for you!!

Thanksgiving table with our cute crafty place cards...I am thankful for DELICIOUS food!

This is Mt Timpanogos temple, where Kelly and I were married 7+ years ago. I love it. We went as a family on Friday and It was wonderful to be in the temple with my fam! I am Thankful for the Temple!!

Next activity for Friday was to visit Grandma and Grandpa Ditto! Grandpa recently had a stroke and we were thrilled to witness his recovery and to give both he and grandma some LOVE! I am THANKFUL for modern medicine that is a miracle in so many lives!!

After visiting grandma and grandpa, we rode TRACKS to temple square to see the lights! Addison and Laynie LOVED riding a train!

SO BEAUTIFUL!! and so Christmasy! I am THANKFUL for Christmas and how easy it is to think of the Savior during the season!

Me and Hailey waiting for the Train to take us back to our parking spot...Haley had a blue dum-dum...and then a blue tongue!

Friday night was our gift-exchange with the Picketts since we won't be together on Christmas... My mom gave each of us an ABELSKIVER pan!! Kelly and I were trying to look Danish...not sure why the look on my face equaled a Danish look in my mind...but we are REAL excited about our Abelskiver pan! I made them yesterday!

My mom made the girls these great nurses uniforms...almost identical to the ones she made for me and Becca 25 years ago! Laynie and Ella LOVED them and went around 'fixing' everyone all morning!

Saturday morning we went bowling at the Wilkinson Center! I am THANKFUL for BYU! It was so fun to be back on campus and walk through the Bookstore and all around the campus that was mine for 6 YEARS! It was a wonderful time of my life and I loved it!

Speaking of BYU, one of the highlights of the trip was going to the BYU vs Utah game! Not only did we go, but we got to sit on the front row at the 45 yard-line!!! (Thanks Casey!!) It was an exciting game and SO fun to be there with all the other screaming fans!!
Thanks family for a wonderful Thanksgiving trip!! Can't wait to see you all again at Casey's wedding!!


Mary said...

Such a fun and amazing week. And the temple pictures are amazing.

Amanda Davis said...

After all those great pictures and thankfulness, all I have to say is I love Kelly's Dwight shirt! We LOVE the office and have Dundermifflin shirts!

Ditto Family said...

What an awesome trip!!! How fun to have been able to pack your week in with so many great activities and family time.

jaime said...

What great pictures! Glad you had such a wonderful time with your family. We're excited to see you guys soon!

Amy & Greg said...

Love the pics, Annie!! So awesome! I wanted to be there.

Merry Christmas!