We're home! After being gone for a week, I think we all enjoyed being back in our beds.
If you haven't checked Benjamin's blog, or just haven't heard, we went to the neuro surgeon yesterday, and Benjamin will be having surgery on Monday. I know, FAST! But I'm thankful they were able to accommodate us and Benjamin's needs. Keep checking his blog for more info.
...Thanksgiving! Friday night, the snow started. By Saturday morning, there was about an inch on the ground. Even though it was melted by the afternoon, we enjoyed it while we had it. Curtis and Micah enjoying the beautiful view from my parent's deck. A quick peek outside and a snuggle from Grandma. Aunt Shannon brought Benjamin out for a second so he wouldn't miss his first snow. Sweet smiles! Micah quickly decided that he didn't need his mittens. Such a boy! Elizabeth, eating the snow. Our make shift sleds. Thank goodness Grandma and Grand-Daddy still had a few boxes in the garage. Micah wasn't so sure about sledding at first, but decided he liked it. Elizabeth loves the snow and her box sled! It was all fun and games till Micah got dumped out of his box. Add cold fingers and it was time to go in.
But it was such a fun day! We had a blast enjoy the beautiful weather, and the beautiful surroundings.
On Friday night, it was so cold that we made a fire, toasted marshmellows and watched the snow! That's right, SNOW! Elizabeth blowing out her marshmellow, which was on fire. The five of us through the smoke. Elizabeth and I toasting a marshmellow. Notice the big snow flakes! Momma and Benjamin. Megan, Elizabeth, Shannon and Micah The son-in-laws (Curtis and Matt)
Megan and Benjamin in the snow. Elizabeth and Micah and the dogs. Grand-Daddy getting the fire really hot for marshmellows. Matt and Megan with Benjamin. Me and Benjamin
Benjamin's first Thanksgiving. "I'm a little turkey" bib. Sisters! a picture for Christi :-) waiting patiently Micah, enjoying the yummy mealBenjamin's happy, full face. Grand-Daddy using his "Daddy Magic" to get Elizabeth asleep after our busy day.
Yesterday we got a day off! The Findleys had a great hook up from someone Michael works with, and we got free tickets to the Renaissance Festival. A big thank you to the Ackermans who watched our kids all day long! There aren't many people who would spend all day with the Krajca kids, and live to tell, so thank you! Here's Curtis and I at one of the many pretty gardens. We spend most of the day just walking around, taking in the sights, and of course eating! Eating was actually the first thing we did. Who knew Christi could rip into a turkey leg like no one else?!? The four of us at another garden. We saw a family trying to take a picture with three small kids. Curtis and I just smiled at each other, thankful that it wasn't us this time!! The boys with the dead pirate. Right as Christi snapped the picture, the pirate looked at Curtis and started talking. Freaked me out! Curtis said that he wasn't too worried about it, since the pirate had a girl voice. Bad girls. We had a really fun, and relaxing day. It was so nice to have a little break from the children we love so much and get to spend some time with great friends.
Friday evening of our reunion weekend found us at the Big Football Game. I capitalized everything, because I think that's really the name of it. At breakfast, we heard people near our table talking about "The Big Game" and when we ran into someone we used to know, they asked us if we were going to "The Big Game." So Friday evening, we spent the evening in true Texas style, at a highschool football game. "The Big Game" was between two rival schools, one of which was the higschool Curtis went too. Micah and Uncle Chris, watching the teams warm up. Uncle Chris was very helpful, holding extra kids for most of the game! Benjamin was not that thrilled with the noise level in the stadium. For the whole pre game and first quarter, he cried every time something good happened, mostly because of the loud whistling. By the second quarter, he was good to go. Elizabeth was very excited to get to see where Daddy played football. But she was even more excited about the popcorn! Memaw and Papaw, lending another lap. Our nephew, Justin, is in the band. Not only is he in the band, but he just recently earned first chair for tuba, in the district! Way to go Justin! We are so proud of you. Half time was lots of fun. Rider, THE team started out half time. Their "theme" for this game was, "So easy a caveman could do it" (referring to beating the rival highschool). The picture above is of the entire band acting like a bunch of cavemen! Hilarious!
Last Friday while we were in Wichita Falls for the reunion, we made the little trip to Altus, Oklahoma to see my grandparents. We hadn't been to their house since Elizabeth was about nine months old! Not only were there family pictures in all the same places, and the same couch, and the same carpet, but my grandparents did the same thing they always do when family comes into town... cook! My Grandma kept saying how it was just a little meal, and she felt bad that it wasn't anything special. Huh?! We had a roast, homemade mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans, deviled eggs, jello with oranges, homemade gravy, and my favorite, orange drink. The kids played out in the back, just like I used too. They swang on the swing on the back porch, watching the air planes, just like I used to. Even though I had a lot of fun in Wichita Falls, seeing family and friends and going to the reunion, I have to say that this was my favorite part of our trip. What a blessing it was to see two people who love each other, and love family that much! The Great-Grandparents with their Great-Grandchildren. Making new memories on the back porch swing.