12.01.2009

Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.

This year it was my families turn to make the drive to Northern California to spend Thanksgiving with some of our favorite cousins. We had so much fun and ate way too much, thanks to my Aunt Julie's mad cooking skills.

We spent lots of time cooking, of course...


Soaking up the beautiful weather...


Loungin' around...


Snuggling...


Playing games. Lots and lots of games...


Having fun with cousins...




And kissing those irrisistable chubby cheeks.


I should have known a week would be too long for Nolan to go without finding some water to play in.


Our gracious host & hostess.


Me & the Hubby.


While we were their we took advantage of the close radius to Rob's mission and took a day trip up to Santa Rosa to visit one the families Rob was close too. It was absolutely gorgeous! I'm so sad we didn't have more time to make stops along the way for me to capture the beautiful fall trees and vineyards. We did, however, make a quick stop at The Plaza at Sonoma to let Nolan run around. Again, absolutely beautiful. We are already making plans to go back up there to tour the rest of Rob's mission.

Why do we live in this dried up dessert again? Someone please remind me.




Rob was so excited to visit the Browne's. They were a huge support to him on his mission. We were able to enjoy a delicious lunch and chat with them for a while. It was so fun for me to get to know them and be apart of something that Rob holds so close to his heart.

Yes, my eyes are closed. It's the only picture that was taken. What ya gonna do?

There are so many things in our life that I am grateful for right now. One in particular is Rob's employment. After he was hired to do tech support for I-phones he began interviewing for a job as a manager for Select Comfort and on our drive up he was offered the job. It was perfect timing. Within the last few weeks he's been offered five other jobs (when it rains, it pours) and while we were so grateful for the opportunities, none of them seemed to be "the right one".  Just as Rob was about to pursue and start training for those other options he was hired with Select Comfort and has already started working.

We were so ecstatic and still are. With this job we won't only be able to pay the bills but we'll be able to save and eventually find a place of our own. My heart is so full knowing that we can get our life back on track and progress as a family. It's been hard for me having to put off having more children because of our circumstances but I know that the time is drawing near. And that hope can only fill one with gratitude.

13 comments:

Alena Jo said...

Awesome! I'm so happy for you guys! And... I LOVE your haircut! It's stunning on you!

Looks like you had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! :-)

I AM JOE PESCI said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving! A lot to be grateful for. . . so glad that things are beginning to look up.

Love you!

Connie said...
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Connie said...

Great pictures- looks like a really fun trip!

I miss California- the weather is so perfect.

Ty & Deb said...

Sounds like a splendid trip! And you my friend are hott.. love the hair! Yay for having more babies, it better be soon!

Madisen Wright said...

We miss you guys a lot that was so fun!

Deb said...

Isn't Thanksgiving the best?

So glad your rough last year is turning around and getting better for you now. You guys deserve it.

angela hardison said...

Looks like fun. I spent my weekend in Cali too.

Also:

1. Your hair looks so amazing! I love it. Makes me want to chop mine.

2. Congrats to Rob and the new jobs. So happy for you guys.

3. I saw the photos you took of my sis-n-laws family... they are awesome, you did a really great job.

Hannah Billy Avree and Nixyn said...

It's beautiful there! Congrats Rob on the new job! Thats awesome. You look gorgeous! Billy served in Canada and we went there in July to visit and I asked myself everyday why we live in Mesa. I want to move SO bad!

Tessa said...

adorabe!!:)very cute!!! love the pic of nolan in the sprinklers!! you got talent!! you did a really good job!

Hannah Manis said...

I love Nolan's smile in one of those picture!! So cute...

Love your Work!!

Him, Her & The Wee One said...

What pretty pictures. I know, I always say that, but it's genuine. I promise, just ask Angela. Yeah for Rob's employment opportunities! I still remember what it felt like to turn the corner to being able to pay bills and save money so I'm so happy for you.

Brittany said...

First things first:
1. You are friggin adorable
2. I love the Thanksgiving pictures because they are so brownish and festive looking and it makes me want to rewind a couple of weeks back so I can have Thanksgiving all over again.
3. You are friggin adorable again
4. I want to play this weekend.