Thanksgiving Day 2009

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year.  Of course, it's always sad being so far away from family, but we spent the day with some great friends.  We all contributed to the delicious meal and we had a fabulous time. 

The table before the guests arrived:

Kaitlyn playing with Brandon:

Kaitlyn licking her lips in anticipation of the food.

Happy 1st Thanksgiving, baby girl!

The youngest guest, Jayden with his Dad.

All of the Dads watching football with their kids.

Kaitlyn flirting with Noah.

Such a cute family...Renee, Fernando and Jayden.

The girls taking a break from the kitchen.

The delicious spread.

Ron carving the bird.

Kaitlyn enjoying some yummy turkey.

We hope everyone had a great day!

Turkey Day attire

Remember this post about me loving appliques?  I left out a picture of one of the onesies I made for Kyle because Liane didn't know I made it and I wanted it to be a surprise.  Here's a pic of the finished turkey and the surprise necktie onesie I made Kyle:

And here's Kyle sporting the necktie.  How cute is he?!

And Kaitlyn modeling her Turkey Day shirt:



I am thankful for...

My amazing husband.  He really is my other (and often times better) half.  I love that he makes me smile/laugh each and every day and he knows me better than anyone else (although Liane is a very close second).  We have grown up together and shared so many wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  He is an amazing father to our precious little girl and my absolute best friend.  His hard work allows me to be at home with Kaitlyn and I am so thankful for this precious time with her.  Thank you for being my prince charming, babe! xo

Motherhood.  I feel so lucky that I have been blessed with the miraculous gift of a child.  My love for that little girl is indescribable.

My Parents.  For being so supportive of me and the decisions I've made throughout life.  Their guidance and encouragement have made me the woman I am today.  I continue to look up to you both as examples of the type of person I hope to be.  Mom, the strength you have to endure all that life throws at you and continue smiling and thinking of others is admirable.  Dad, thank you for your courage and support of our family, for being mom's pillar of strength on the days when she doesn't feel like she has any strength left, and for showing me what the epitome of hard work is.  Your unconditional love and support for each other is inspiring. 

My "other" Parents.  Thank you, Mom and Dad T, for welcoming me into your family, for raising Ronnie to be the man of dreams and for your continued love and support of our family.

Our Grandmothers.  I am so thankful that both of our Grandmothers have been blessed with the opportunity to spend another holiday season with family.  Health wise, this was a rough year for both of them.  Ron and I cried many tears and said many prayers for our Grandmothers this year.  Because of their strength and many prayers, they are both still with us.  I am also thankful that they have both been able to spend time with their great-grand daughter.

My friends.  Although they are all scattered across the nation and I don't see them often, my life is better because of each and every one of them.  No amount of time or distance can or will weaken my relationships with them...we always pick up where we leave off. 

A healthy daughter. In the past year, I have heard about and known many people with sick children. Some of them have lost the fight, some of them are still fighting and some have been blessed with cures and/or miracles. I think about and pray for them on a daily basis and I am so, so thankful that we were lucky to have Kaitlyn come into our lives without any unforeseen problems. I cannot fathom the thought of her suffering and us feeling helpless. I am thankful that both babies Eliza M. and Ashley B. are now or are on their way to being healthy little girls, that Carson is strong and has taken chemo treatments better than many adults, and that baby Andy's parents were able to hold him and show him a long lifetime of love in the short few months of his life.

Employment.  I am quite thankful that Ron has a job that offers so much to our family.  Most importantly, it puts food on our table and a roof over our heads.  We are so blessed that his work also allows us to travel.  I hate that we are so far from family, but I am thankful for the opportunity to experience and see so much of this beautiful world.

I could go on and on.  I hope you and your family have countless things to be thankful for.  And that you are thankful for them each day, not just on Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Gifts from Nana

I found a cute Christmas ornament online from Kirkland's, but it could only be purchased in-store, so I asked my mom to pick it up for me. We received it today:

She also send some cute things for Kaitlyn...pajamas, holiday tights, a winter hat and some mittens. It's been quite warm here lately, so Kaitlyn was lounging around the house in a very summery onesie, but I had to try the hat and mittens on right away. That resulted in the following silly photos.

Thanks Nana! xoxo


Kaitlyn Meets Santa!

The local American International School held their annual holiday bazaar today.  There have been a lot of holiday bazaars here in the past couple of weeks, but I was excited for this one because Santa and Mrs. Claus were going to be there!  I couldn't wait to get Kaitlyn's first picture with Santa.  Although, as most of you know, Kaitlyn does not do well with strangers, so I wasn't expecting a warm and fuzzy introduction. 

Ron held Kaitlyn as he walked up to Santa and as he got closer, Kaitlyn's grip on his shirt got tighter.  We didn't have lots of time to warm her up to him because of the line, so we had to be quick about it.  Kaitlyn immediately showed her dislike for the jolly old man and I got exactly the type of picture I expected for her first photo with Santa...tear-filled.  I took the photo below on my own camera.

Here's a close up of her adorably miserable face.  Poor thing.  If she only knew that he's the one that will be bringing her lots of loot over the years, maybe she would have been less offending.

As soon as Ron picked her up she stopped crying and was fine looking at them from a distance in the safety of Daddy's arms.  They suggested we get in the picture with her so we could get a good one of her smiling.  Once we squatted down close to them, she knew that evil bearded man was lurking behind her and she wasn't happy with that either.  They ended up printing the family photo. 

Once we were done with that Santa guy, Kaitlyn was fine.  We did some walking around while waiting for the photo to be printed.

Daddy's teaching Kaitlyn how to hold a bat...not for a future softball career, but to help beat off the boys.

Food, Wine & Friends

Last night, Ron and I attended our 3rd Cuerpo Consular Food & Wine Festival.  It is an annual event where all of the embassies here in Quito have a booth and serve typical food from their country.  It's basically the Epcot of food festivals (and A LOT cheaper than the actual Epcot Food & Wine Festival).  It's all you can eat and drink and it is AMAZING!  Here are the only two pictures we took this year:

But here are some taken from the last 2 years.  This was the first year where we worked at our booth.
The 2nd year we decided it was worth the $35 per ticket to just enjoy ourselves and not have to work the booth (dressed like cowboys).  I was obviously quite pregnant.  After last night's event, I realized I ate way more last year and was much more comfortable in my dresss, as well. :)

Sadly, this will be the last one we attend in Quito.  Hopefully, they'll do something similar at our next post!
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