Full House

This year Byron and I hosted Thanksgiving for his family down here in Mississippi. We had 6 adults, 4 GIRLS (5 and under) and 4 dogs! It was hectic but a lot of fun. Maybe it's the start of a new tradition? We ate a ton of food, did a little Black Friday shopping and even took the girls ice skating, more on that later.

Our little Indians doing some crafts while the food cooks. Don't worry, the 4th little Indian was just napping.

Harper ate her weight in food. I think she may have out eaten even Natalie. I think PaPaw cooked everything Natalie had on HER menu. The girls tried to sleep together the first night, but couldn't stop giggling. Nana always had someone in her lap and PaPaw was definitely Harper's favorite person to play with, even if he was under the weather.


Crafty! Crafty! Crafty!

I have found the best way to entertain Natalie on the weekends is to give the child a craft to do. She's not real picky so this weekend we made glitter ornaments. These are super easy and not as messy as one might believe. We bought a 12 pack of clear ornaments from Walmart, some all-purpose Mop&Glow and fine glitter is all you need (and a funnel will make things easier).

Pop the tops of the ornaments, swirl (don't shake) some M&G inside, drain, then funnel in the glitter (be generous) and let them shake the heck out of it. Please make sure your kids fingers are big enough to cover the hole though or you will end up with a hot glittery mess!

It's even more fun if you sing "Shake It, Shake It, Shake It" :) 

She was truly amazed that the glitter would stick and how pretty it was.

Of course we needed one to match her nails. And despite the look she is giving me she did enjoy herself. Once we put the tops back in she got to paint hers anyway she wanted.


This Little Piggy

Got her toes painted! Just like big sis. I'll admit, I was hesitant. Christmas red polish and a 16-month-old is not always the best idea. BUT she sat perfectly still in my lap the whole time. Watching her walk around with her head down to see them was hilarious too.


Painting Acorns

In typical Mississippi fashion, the weather has been like a yo-yo since "fall". One day we are bundling up with the heat on and the next day, we are at the park in t shirts and shorts picking acorns and playing on the slides.

The girls brought home acorns, leaves, pine straw and god knows what to paint that afternoon.


Fall Fun

This is our sad little pile that Natalie and I raked up :) It was just enough to lay in.