Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving in Yoakum

We went to Yoakum for Thanksgiving this year. We do most every year. I had to be back to work Friday morning at 6AM, so we left Wednesday and came back Thursday night. It was a nice drive, not too much traffic coming home. We had a good time.

I left a message on my Facebook that I was heading down to Yoakum for a few days. One of my good school friends from there left a comment that we should get together. She and I were really good friends and when I moved from Yoakum she was the only one that continued to write letters to me. You remember things like that. So we swapped numbers and I called her once I was t my sisters house. She asked me if I remembered Joe Koenig from school. I told her "yes." And she said, "You know he's famous now, right?" I thought I heard that, saw him on the internet and radio. I was pretty sure it was him and what made it stand out was his last name. Not real common, unless you're from Yoakum. She said he was performing as a Hometown Hero at a little Mexican restaurant there and we should meet up to see him.

Here is some shots of the people there.....

I actually went to school with the boy in the striped shirt there and the boy in the white cap. It was so nice to see old friends!

Joe himself. You should hear his song "Colors." It is beautiful. If you haven't heard it, click here!

Mandi and me.. she hasn't changed! Still beautiful and sweet and I am so thankful that we reconnected and I hope that we stay in touch!

Afterwards we headed to my other sisters house. The Shiner brewery is just beautiful lit up at night. I HAD to stop by and take photos.

Getting everyone ready for bed. It was late, we were tired and had just come in from quite a drive. I love, love, love going to my sisters house. It always feels like home, so comfortable. I wish more than anything I could go much, much more often.

CC hiding. You know the crazy thing...if I want to take a picture of her, this is what I get. BUT she can take a million and one pictures of her with all kind of crazy hair and make up and weird faces and that's ok.. I want one decent one.. forget about it!

My Lena-pooh!
Next day, other sisters house. The refrigerator is stocked and ready to go!

The younger kids playing in the tree. I swear, this was the first time Lena was EVER in a tree. Growing up in the city offers kids such a different life. Yes, there are so many more things they can do... stores, museums, cafes, movies.... but, things like this...basic joys of childhood.. they miss out on. And they miss out on growing up with their cousins. Lena always has a blast when she is with them.

I had all the kids roasting marshmellows..... on a fork and with a cigarette lighter. I guess I brought some of the city there with me.

CC and Ariana. Ari loved roasting marshmellows!

Preparing the green beans... this is probably my favorite side dish!

Or maybe these are... stuffing and my sisters wonderful sweet potatoes!

My mom with her grandson Quin and her great-grand-daughter Camile.

CC and Camila....

My brother Tony with CC..
Me and my nephew Quin. He's 16 and 6ft4! Imagine that.. I wish he could give me those 4 inches!
We had a wonderful time. I was seriously contemplating callin in Friday because I wanted to stay there with my family and just enjoy being with them. I feel like we are always so rushed when we go down there and we don't go nearly all. I would love to go once a least.
When we got home I checked my mail and found the large package key. I was super excited because I knew it was either my Eddie Ross pillow (still haven't gotten it) or my ornament from Erica.
It was my ornament from the ornament exchange!
She had it presented so beautifully! I have to be honest... I didn't present mine that well.
It was perfect! It matches our tree colors perfectly!
Thank you Erica... you did a beautiful job! I love it! I hope you like yours too!
Sunday we spent the latter part of the day looking at model homes. We found one we really like. It's smaller than I ever thought I would want but the layout made it feel very spacious! There are a couple of changes I would make but nothing major... total price probably under $1000!
How was your weekend? I hope everyone had a wonderful time!


Connie K

Thank you for stopping by my blog :) i am a new follower to yours and i love your ornament you got in the mail i did the exchange too but havent yet received mine in the mail what blog did you do yours on?? Nice meeting you :) XOXO Connie

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