Month: November 2011

A Colorado Thanksgiving

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This year, we were able to jump back out to Colorado for Thanksgiving again.  It’s always great to spend time with Buela and Grandpa Jackson.  We certainly don’t get to see them enough.

We began our 12-hour road trip the day before Thanksgiving.  We left at about 5am so we could spend as much time as we could with the grandparents.  Surprisingly, we thought the girls would sleep, but they didn’t.  They were pretty quiet and head down though – until we were in Kansas.

At one point, Emily looked up and said, “Where are we?”  We responded in unison, “Kansas.”  Without missing a beat, Emily snarled her nose and said, “Kansas sucks.”  While we don’t like her to use that word, it caught us off guard and was pretty funny (and honest).  Emily if you are reading this post, please don’t use that word again.

You know – there are lots of jokes that you can come up with about Kansas.

Unfortunately, Ava has a tendency to get car sick.  And on cue, she reminded us of what she had eaten for breakfast just a couple hours in.  Luckily we were prepared.

After the trek, we arrived at Buela and Grandpa’s just before 5pm.  It was great to see them again!

On Thanksgiving Day, we had a blast!  Watched lots of football and had a great meal!  Grandpa made the traditional Thanksgiving Rib Roast!  Actually, I think it’s the first time that we’ve ever had a rib roast for Thanksgiving, but boy was it good!!

The day after Thanksgiving, I got up really really early and went to work – checked on several stores in the area for those black Friday sales.  After that, it was all about gearing up for the Arkansas Razorbacks / LSU Tigers game.  We were so hoping it would be a good game and the first half didn’t disappoint.  But the second half was truly tragic as LSU just mopped the floor with the Hogs.  I guess if you’re going to lose, it might as well be to the #1 team in the nation.

We did get a breakfast treat on this day of “little eggers” which is a recipe passed down through the generations of the Jackson family.  Em got to learn how to make them.  Maybe she’ll make them for me! 🙂

The girls really enjoyed playing games and loving on Buela and Grandpa!  There was lots of good conversation and laughter!


Unfortunately, all good things come to an end.  We left at about 9:30 on Saturday morning.

The drive back was quicker, but a little more stressful!  We ended up running over the state animal of Kansas – a tumbleweed.  Apparently Kansas wasn’t happy about it and decided to reciprocate with 35mph sustained cross winds for several hours.  Flocks of blackbirds liked the winds though and were making funky designs in the sky by flying around (no kidding – the looked like the smoke monster from Lost).  Finally, several deer were also in on it too as they kept trying to cross the road just after dark.

We finally made it home just after 9pm – and I tell you – our own beds were a welcome site.

What a Happy Thanksgiving it was for us!  We have much that we are thankful for this year!  Hope it was fantastic for you too!

Ava’s Awesome Antics #3

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Ava noticed some “boo boos” on my elbows and asked what happened.  I told her it was carpet burn to which she responded with concern, “The carpet was hot?”

Another Milestone Approaches For Emily

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Tomorrow my beautiful Emily (or Emmy as she prefers) turns 9.  Ugh!  She is halfway to adulthood – and it breaks my heart and makes it soar at the same time.

Smart.  Pretty.  Funny.  Witty.  Talented.It’s exciting to see her flourish the way she does.

But it’s all a reminder that time is precious and not moving any slower.

Earlier in the week she told me it “was the worst week of her life.”  When I asked her why, she said, “I’m over being 8, because I already think like a 9 year old.”

Ava – who’s growing just as fast before my eyes – offered some additional levity on the situation tonight.  Our conversation was as follows:

Dad:  You know tomorrow is Em’s birthday.

Ava:  Yes.

Dad:  Are we going to sing happy birthday?

Ava:  Yes.

Dad:  Are we going to eat some cake?

Ava:  Yes.

Dad:  Are we going to give her a spanking?

Ava:  NO!!!!  She didn’t do anything wrong!

I love my silly funny girls.