Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Grateful Hearts!

Our tradition every Thanksgiving is to make the drive through the Mountains to New Castle to see Ernie's dad. This has become one of our most treasured traditions. Our lives in Denver are so busy all the time. In New Castle, especially over Thanksgiving, it is peaceful, not hurried, lazy, and just wonderful. We pretty much do absolutely nothing the whole time we are there. Oh wait... I did sit through about a 100 football games, ate lots of great food, and tried to comfort my crabby daughter. AND the most important thing of all... I won Settlers of Catan twice! YEP... Awesome!

Despite the crabbiness of my little one... it was pretty much heaven! Thank you Mary, Lee, and Erik for always making us feel welcomed and extremely loved. We look forward to all the Thanksgivings to come. Enjoy the pictures!

This is what Ella looked like pretty much the whole time she was there! Not fun... sorry Grandma and Grandpa!

We found moments of happiness!

We rode horses too and played a couple of games of Settlers. I was the champion both games and proudly make this known to my husband as often as possible. We felt that Erik was finally old enough to understand the game of Settlers and so we bought if for him and Lee for Christmas this year. HE LOVED IT! We are so thankful for that and we found a lasting game and tradition for our families to play in the years to come.

We are so blessed with a great family and peaceful place to retreat to every Thanksgiving. We are very blessed and grateful this Thanksgiving for SO many things. Now as we look forward to Christmas we realize how much more blessed we are through our Savior's Birth. Happy Thanksgiving!