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Thanksgiving 2011

We spent a few days in Illinois last week… I didn’t take very many pictures because it was hard to hold my camera and a piece of pie at the same time.  I did, however, take the camera to Torin’s first concert at Great-Grandpa Marlin’s nursing home, which was the highlight of our trip.  She played for 10 whole minutes and had the entire crowd singing along as she played “Home on the Range” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”  I’m convinced that she totally would’ve gotten a standing ovation if any of these older people could’ve stood up on their own.  I see more nursing home concerts in her future!

The weather was rainy and yucky while we were there, but that didn’t stop the kids from practicing their daredevil stunt moves on the four-wheeler at MeMe and PaPa’s.

We also helped feed the cows while we were there.  This big girl was after my husband…

…and I was not about to stand in her way.

Torin came to the rescue and lured her away with some fresh pears.  And then I went back inside, put the camera down, and ate some more pie.

On Thanksgiving Day, we enjoyed dinner with Grandpa Bob and Nana, but I was too preoccupied with the cheeseball and the bacon-wrapped-brown-sugar-coated-weenies to take any pictures.  :)  The end.

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Field trip!

Guess what I was doing at oh-dark-thirty this morning.  I was boarding a big charter bus full of 3rd graders.  We spent the day in Chattanooga touring Rock City and Ruby Falls, and thanks to a lot of caffeine and four ibuprofen, I really enjoyed the day with Torin and her friends.  Rock City was my favorite.  Even though I never could figure out what state we were in (Tennessee?  Georgia?), the views were gorgeous.  Ruby Falls was very pretty, too, it’s just that I don’t enjoy being 1,120 feet below the surface.  I think it’s sweet that Leo Lambert took his wife, Ruby, half a mile into a dark cave to show her the waterfall that he had discovered and named in her honor, but if if I had been Ruby, I would’ve said “thanks but no thanks… I’ll wait right here at the entrance.”  Here are a few iPhone pictures of our fabulous field trip!

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conquering our backyard, one leaf at a time.

One thing we love about our house is that the back wall of our family room is all windows, floor to ceiling, and we have a great view of the woods in our backyard.  This fall has been a gorgeous one.  The trees in the woods look like they’re made of gold.  When the light shines through the trees and into our windows, our whole family room has a yellow glow.  Not only are the leaves beautiful to look at, they are also fun to play in.  Torin is pretty particular about her leaf pile.  Some leaves get raked into the pile, while others are placed strategically by hand.  Once she has deemed the pile to be perfect, it’s time to let instincts take over.

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