we spent thanksgiving with the barnes family this year. we did 2 days with grant's mom Leisa and 2 days with ALL of the barnes. it was so fun to be with everyone and get some good family time in. we were with jordan (grant's brother) and christine (jordan's fiance) the whole time and so that was nice. we never see them. christine is the coolest girl and i'm so happy that she will soon be my sis-in-law. i love california more and more each time i visit. it was so beautiful there, i love driving the southern route through south lake tahoe. i would imagine that is what heaven looks like.
the turkey bowl was fun to watch with all the cousins.
i obviously couldn't get enough of luke's football attire.
i spy three three barnes' brothers.
who knew caleb was a dancer?
blue; jordan and christine's. such a good dog.
the barnes' clan.
so full from the delicious food. we couldn't move, isn't that how everyone feels on thanksgiving?
this is grant sitting on santa's lap.
this is santa not liking it.
thanksgiving night we all sat around grandma barnes while she told us stories about her amazing life.
she surprised everyone with gifts, her generosity brought me to tears.
afterwards there were lots and lots of pies waiting for us.
the next day we headed over to "pump it up". it was sooooooo fun.
this was really just where everyone beat each other up.
we had a huge relay race and even the adults joined in.
someone is a bit tuckered out!
oh that tongue...
this picture describes my father-in-law perfectly.
gorilla man luke.
way to go grammy!
jordan and leisa. jordan finished the continental divide hike this past august. which took him four months hiking over 3,000 miles. the continental divide trail starts in mexico and goes to canada. that means up at sunlight and hiking til after dark most days. basically it's like walking a marathon every day for four months straight. up and down mountains. and ya that means he eats and sleeps in the mountains too.
luke says the darndest things.
this is how my mother-in-law takes care of me.
she lives on a lake. i love her little deck, surrounded with lights and just so peaceful.
so we were all playing rummikub when we started smelling this nasty smell. jordan yelled "who is burning their hair?" we look over and mel (family cat of 10 years) was on the cupboard eating brownies... NOT realizing that his fur was burning in the candle. so he was on fire... and he didn't even know it! it was hilarious.