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Saturday, November 27, 2010


We spent most of the long holiday weekend at Greg's parents' house with his brother, sister in law and niece who came down from NY. Brayden really enjoyed getting to spend so much time with his "Mimi" (Grammy), "Bawpaw" (Grampa) and cousin "Nana"(Luciana), as well as Uncle Skip and "Titi" Bernadette. We started Thursday morning playing outstide in the leaves and then the 1st annual Parr family backyard football game was held. I observed from the sidelines, and trust me when I say it was pretty entertaining to watch!

Greg, Brayden and I ate Thanksgiving lunch with my dad's side of the family, so Brayden got to spend some time with his other girls too, Madeline, Lydia and "Gar-go"!  

After lunch, we went back to the Parr's for Thanksgiving dinner.  After two big meals in one day, we were definitely stuffed...everything was so delicious!  After dinner, Brayden and Luciana burned off a few calories by dancing to the jukebox (Brayden was a little camera shy and wouldn't do his moves while I was recording):

We had a great day spending time with both of our families, and reflecting on and giving thanks for the many blessings in our lives. We plan to round up our weekend tomorrow by going to Wilmington to visit with Catherine, Travis, Caroline and hopefully baby Avery in the NICU.  Avery is one of the many people we are so thankful to have in our lives this year!  She is such a little fighter, who has made slow, but steady progress in her first few weeks.  We pray that only continues in the weeks and months ahead!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Fun

We had lots of fun Halloween activities last week.  Our church had its annual fall festival on Wednesday with lots of moon bounces, face painting, cakewalk, kids games, etc.  Most of the children dressed up, but Brayden wanted to take his costume off less than 5 minutes after we put it on.  The festival ended with trunk or treating....Mommy did most of the trunk or treating for Brayden because he was not too into it.  However, when we got home he walked around the house with his pumpkin bag full of candy saying "Trick or Treat" for the rest of the night!
Brayden had a party at MMO on Thursday morning.  Again, all of the other kids were dressed up except for Brayden.  He really enjoyed eating the party treats, especially the cupcake!  He LOVES cake (most have gotten that from me!)  I was finally able to put his costume on for the last 10 minutes of the party.

Smithfield did trick or treating on Saturday night.  To my surprise, Brayden actually wore his costume the whole night without complaining.  We took him to a few neighbor's houses and he knew just what to do this time.  Then we came home and handed out candy to LOTS of trick or treaters.  Our neighborhood must be the place to go in Smithfield for trick or treating!  Brayden enjoyed watching all the kids come and go, and he even started handing out candy for us.  He would stand on the sidewalk yelling "suckers" trying to get more kids to was pretty cute!
On another note, my niece Avery was born Saturday morning at only 26 weeks by emergency c-section.  Please keep both Avery and my sister, Catherine, in your thoughts and prayers!