Monday, March 20, 2017

Thanksgiving in Vegas

For Thanksgiving this year, Brad's parents flew us out to Vegas so all of their kids and grand kids could be under one roof.
This was the girls' first time on an airplane.
We kept it a big secret up until we boarded the plane & even then they didn't know where we were going or who was waiting on the other side for us.
It was a 3 hour flight from Dallas to Vegas with Piper on our lap.
Brad was convinced she would sleep once she heard the white noise from the engines... unfortunately, that wasn't the case, but both girls did a great job watching movies and listening to the Trolls soundtrack on their headphones.  We had a little incident where Norah's water bottle pressurized and spit a fountain of water onto the woman behind us.  She was so mad.  We can laugh about it now {and hopefully she can, too}.

Once we landed, Omah & Opah greeted us at the airport surrounded by slot machines that Norah wanted to play SOOOOO bad!  
Give it a few more years, kiddo.
We made it to Jenni's house just in time for dinner and the girls immediately ran off and played with their cousins.  Norah asks to go to Aunt Jenni's house almost every single day.  I'm so grateful for Brad's parents for making these reunions possible.

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We let the kids get their wiggles out riding bikes outside in the beautiful Nevada sunshine & even the big kids had some fun.
Norah has been learning how to ride a pedal bike at preschool.
I was so excited to see how fast she could go!
I think we will be asking Santa for a bicycle for Christmas.
And, in the evening, we ventured out with 7 kids to the local chocolate factory to check out their lights display and sample their chocolate {Piper's favorite part}.

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When we woke up the next morning, Opah built towers out of cardboard blocks with the kids and they all had a blast knocking them down only for Opah to rebuild them.

We ventured down to the strip for lunch and a ride on the giant ferris wheel that overlooks Vegas.  The kids loved looking down onto the street, Opah gave piggy back rides, even my hubby, who is afraid of heights, was comfortable up in the sky.  The ride ended with a dance party that we all took part in!
It was a great adventure & these are some of my favorite memories of the family together!

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On Thanksgiving, we celebrated Maddox's birthday!
It's so hard to believe how fast the years fly by.
It feels like yesterday we all celebrated Christmas in Florida... 2 weeks after Maddox was born.
After Maddox opened his gifts we watched the parade and everyone chipped in to make Thanksgiving dinner.
I was especially looking forward to Tre's brussel sprouts and bacon dish again this year!  He never disappoints.
The kids colored & Norah wrote her name all over her place mat.
After dinner, we thought it would be great to take a group photo of the kids... the outtakes getting them all together cracked me up.
We stuffed our faces with 5 different pies {if you have never had a coconut cream pie, you are missing out... where has that pie been all of my life???}.
And, while we had the whipped cream out, we played a few rounds of Pie Face {one of Maddox's birthday presents}!
Norah got hit every time & luckily for us, she came out laughing!

I have to say, this trip only consisted of a lot of fun & memories...
no terrifying travel "adventures" like our last trip to Vegas.
It was a wonderful time with family & I'm so thrilled we could all spend it together.





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