It was a wonderful week!
Since Allie was visiting with us, we got to do some really fun things as a family. On Monday, we went to Pump it Up with Allie and some old friends. Allie was wonderful to take the girls around the fun toys, and Paige wore us both out. She kept wanting to go on the giant slides (and went down several by herself). Since she couldn't get up by herself, Mommy and Allie had to do it for her and it wore us out pretty quickly.
Also, since we had Allie, we took advantage of a third adult in the house and went on a date. We had Olive Garden for dinner and then saw the movie Lincoln and really enjoyed it.
Tuesday was Chuck E Cheese. We unfortunately walked in right when Chuck E came out and Paige was pretty terrified the entire time we were there but she was a good sport about it. We also went to Target and got a few Christmas items.
Wednesday we had to say goodbye to Allie. We went to Deseret Book, and the library that morning then took her to the airport. I also started to prepare the turkey for our Thanksgiving feast.
Thursday was Thanksgiving of course, our first without blood family with us, but we had it with our Las Vegas family which in a lot of ways was just as fantastic. We are so blessed to have such great friends in Las Vegas. My only wish would have been to have more of our friends join us...but they were with their families. I made the turkey and the green bean casserole. I've had several people tell me (between last year and this) that the way I prepare turkey is the yummiest way. It falls off the bone it's so succulent and delicious. I even had a couple families use my recipe this year and love it. Thanks for the recipe mom! Also, none of us got food poisoning which is a plus haha, I always get nervous about that. Adam and Scott carved the turkey with the help of a Youtube video, the kids played really well together (mostly), and we all had a blast hanging out together. After we got the kids to bed, Adam and I watched Thor. Also, apparently I'm out of photospace for the month (or possibly year?!) So here are some photos from Stacey's blog
Friday is Family Day in Nevada so pretty much everyone has the day off (at least state employees). I slept in, and Adam didn't shower until about 4:00PM. It was pretty great. We ended up going to the park to play for a while. Adam and I played hard with our girls and they wore us out. We went out to eat at McDonalds then swung by the Packards to get some more delicious left over pie. After the kids went to bed, we watched Captain America.
Saturday a very special friend came to visit our house. His name is Chippy the elf and he is our very own Elf on the Shelf. Chippy was found under our Christmas tree with a note that said: To the Turney Family, be good...I'm watching :). We opened him up with the instructions to name him. I suggested things like Jingles, Jingle Bells, Snowflake, Sugar, Buddy, Herbie, etc. Adam suggested things like Bob, Matt, and Jo. In the end, there was only one solution: Chippy, brought to us by Hannah who was insistent that he was named exactly for the little elf on the movie An Elf Story. Chippy sat on our shelf all day while Hannah, under threat that he would report her behavior to Santa, was a good girl all day. She even picked up the books that Paige pulled off the shelves on the condition that we tell Chippy how good she was and how Paige was the one who did it--not her. At night, Hannah said a prayer that Chippy would fly home safe to the North Pole, that he would tell Santa that she was good, and that she would be able to find Chippy's hiding spot.
Sunday came and Hannah DID find Chippy's hiding spot. Chippy was hanging from the wall with a little note telling Hannah that he loved the picture she drew him, and that he made her a picture on the window using Christmas stickers. Hannah was really concerned that Chippy was hanging from the wall so she tried to get him down and ended up touching him. This is a big no no as far as elf laws are concerned. She was so embarrassed and asked me to call Santa, so I checked Facebook for a few minutes and sent him a message. I assured Hannah that it was a mistake and that Chippy wouldn't lose his magic. I also told her that Chippy would be safe on the wall because of his Christmas magic of course.
Paige has had a really bad rash and sickness so we stayed home from church today. I was able to take a much needed nap, Adam graded papers, replied to emails, and finished his lesson plans.