A Wonderful Week of Thanksgiving

It’s been a truly wonderful week of thanksgiving for my family! We’ve been down staying with my parents, about 40 minutes outside of Portland, OR, cooking, playing, dancing, making things…being awesome, generally!

We embraced our inner ducks to play outside:

We collected cool leaves to dry (though we truthfully forgot to dry them – but the gathering and exploration of all the different shapes and colors was great fun in and of itself)20121123-131548.jpg

We cooked delicious food together. Here, my dad (Pops) and Silas work on pizzas for lunch. 🙂

I made this ridiculously good Spinach Artichoke Dip for snacking – I think this one will become a holiday regular!20121123-131600.jpg

My wonderful husband surprised me with these super wicked awesome dino knee socks (and yes, the dinos are saying, “RAR!”)20121123-131529.jpg

My father-in-law, husband and Silas put together this amazing cardboard giraffe – it walks when you turn the crank! Thanks, Uncle Paul, for sending it to us!20121123-131618.jpg

And of course, there was a lot of dancing!20121123-131635.jpg

Lady Gaga (Bad Romance) is always a really big hit around here20121123-131652.jpg

There was also some dressing up in matching outfits for little boys – something they LOVE to do (which kind of kills me)! They are BIG fans of fancy clothes. 🙂 20121123-131726.jpg

And there was a Santa Sighting20121123-131740.jpg

And a family jam session with my dad and Uncle Tim20121123-131755.jpg

And proof that I participated: my swollen fingertips. Boy do I need to play more! I’m so outta practice. 20121123-131804.jpg

And now we’re off to take Silas to Wreck-It Ralph. I just love seeing movies in the theater!

I hope you all had wonderful holidays!