We were blessed to spend the week with Chad's family in Pinehurst. Four out of five Scribner kids were able to be there, too. His Brother Troy and 4 of his children were able to be here in NC. I had not seen them in 6 years. I had never met his two youngest, and he had never met Molly. Chad's Aunt Cecile and Uncle Doug came out for the week, too. Which meant we had 30 of us all together for the holiday. It was a week filled with lots of fun and happy memories.
We dropped by the house on Monday night just in time for Family Home Evening. It was very sweet to hear all of the children's voices singing "Families Can Be Together Forever."
On Tuesday, Amanda and Allyson helped begin building an awesome marble run while the moms went to go get supplies for Thanksgiving. They worked on it a long time, and then Chad and Troy stepped in to help. It took hours to complete, but the end result supplied lots of fun the rest of the week.
Tuesday evening we ordered party pizzas and watched Studio C clips with the kiddos. It was the biggest pizza my kids had ever seen!
After dinner and shows, Uncle Doug and Aunt Cecile shared some great family history information they had found recently.
On Wednesday, Ben's family was able to come down, too! We all went to see Frozen together. It was a great movie!
It was really hard to get pictures in the movie theater, but I had to share at least one of Molly and Ben. She insisted that she needed to sit on his lap. She also insisted that he sit next to her at Thanksgiving dinner the next day.
We headed back to the hotel that night for dinner and an earlier bedtime. (Since the kids had not gone to bed before 11pm the two previous nights). Ben's family was staying across the hall from us. The kiddos watched a show and then headed to bed. I love this pic of the kids staring at the tv in their jammies.
Chad and Ben went back over to Grandma and Grandpa's house and played Balderdash. Jen and I propped open the door to our rooms and chatted until way too late in the night.
The next day was Thanksgiving. Chad took 7 of the kids to the park while we worked on Thanksgiving Dinner. He is such an awesome Dad! When they got back, we decorated giant 3D dinosaurs together. We had gotten them for cousin camp, but ran out of time to do them then. So Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity.
The coloring was the fun part! Then Jen, Amanda, Chad, and I spent well over an hour putting these two guys together. I am really glad we did not decide to build all 8!!! They turned out super cute, though!
Another fun activity the kids enjoyed all week long was playing Just Dance together. I am pretty sure it was on four days straight!
Of course we enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner together. I did not manage to remember to take pictures of our family eating dinner, but luckily Troy did!
After dinner, we tried to get pictures of all of us together. As you can imagine, it was a bit difficult with so many of us!
We definitely missed Lara and her family and hope that we can all be together soon!
Troy gave our kids these cute lollipops for Thanksgiving.
Andrew saved his for the ride home and created his own challenge. Here is the "report" he wrote when we got home.
"How many licks does it take to make a chocolate tootsie pop go away without biting once?
PS-I licked it!
PSS-I did not go online to find this answer.
PPSS-My name is Andrew.
PPPSS-I did this on Thanksgiving.
PPPSSS-I am thankful for figuring this out.
PPPPSSS-My tongue feels weird. "