Friday, January 6, 2012

Thanksgiving Week-Long Celebration

Well, we went into the holidays with a bang! Super busy, but fun, fun, FUN! Mario's parents and brother were able to come visit us here in McKinney for a little over a week. It was constant activity (I guess it always is with the little ones), but it was very relaxing at the same time. The boys had a ball with their Nonno, Nonna, and Uncle Benny (or "Buncle Benny" as Lucas calls him). :) Once again, we were spoiled with good food and great company. Just wish you guys lived a little closer so we could do this more often!

the boys play with their garbage trucks while the family gets unloaded

oops! garbage trucks are supposed to stay inside!

family dinner #1--pork tenderloin

doing sticker books with Nonno

wow! here comes the garbage truck!

Anthony loves watching them come down the alley

watching a special show with the garbage trucks by their sides

these two are nothing but trouble ;)

Lucas loves playing "horsey" with Dada

goofing off with Nonno

family dinner #2--pulled pork (Nonno's secret recipe)
I have to say, it does rank right up there with some Memphis bbq I've had

Lucas is ready to thank God for his food
(Every time I pick him up from Sunday School, his teachers comment on how he folds his hands so nicely during prayer time--sweet boy)

Nonna takes the boys for a long walk Thanksgiving day morning

there they go!

Anthony has gotten so fast on his bike that it's hard to keep up while pulling Lucas in the wagon!!!

Nonna snapped this one on her phone--they are so happy playing outside!

my adventurous boys

they still get along really well most of the time--

they both have caring spirits

LOTS of cooking going on!

this was the indoor work crew

and this was the outdoor work crew!

(Uncle Benny worked both shifts! haha!)

and, YES, that's our turkey on the grill--a first for us, and it was DELICIOUS!!!

uncle benny shares some pistachios with anthony

cutie--he loved them!

the boys love playing games on daddy's ipad

putting the finishing touches on our meal

family dinner #3--TURKEY!

Happy Thanksgiving!
We always have so much to be thankful for every day!!!

making chalk pictures outside the next morning

on his bike again

oops! where's your helmet, Anthony?!?

taking a little snack break

two sweet brothers

two goofy brothers!!!

family dinner #4--italian sausage and portabella mushroom gnocci
Uncle Benny's early Christmas present to us was playing chef for a night. It was awesome! The kids were in bed, I didn't have to pay a babysitter, and the food was WAY more incredible than anything I would've paid money for...thanks Ben--It was AMAZING!

Will you come back and do it again?--next week is open for us!!! ;)

our gourmet menu for the evening--food to die for!

wonderful service!

boys reading curious george the next morning

We tried to spend the morning in downtown mckinney.

It was miserably cold and drizzly, so we came back home pretty quickly.

we did stop for one quick picture in the sled

family pic at church the next morning

guess which one was being a stinker!!!

so handsome

these two are pretty handsome too!

david and marsha came by for a visit--what a fun time of catching up!

more backyard fun

don't you just want to squeeze him?!?

we celebrated our Christmas morning on 11/28

the boys had fun passing out all the gifts

Nonna reads a new Thomas book to the boys

Anthony is all smiles

Lucas stomps around in Anthony's new snow boots

uncle benny got a meat ginder--just like grampa's

these brothers always find something to laugh about!

these brothers loved wrapping themselves in the ribbon!

mario got the shopvac he's been wanting for awhile

Anthony and Lucas proudly look at their new dvds--thomas and cars!

Nonna got some yummy smelling ulta lotions

Nonno got some cash to put towards a new trolling motor

Dad and Benny in the garage working on some projects

the girls take the little boys to the park to run some energy out

they still love the slides

of course, the wood chips are still their favorite part!!!

Lucas tries on Anthony's helmet--silly boy!

they love helping with the mail

scooting around the backyqard

building a lego tower the next morning

Nonna gets in a few more snuggles before they have to get back to Chicago

Uncle Benny gets his last bit of time in with the boys as well

they don't get to see him a lot, but they sure do love him!

everybody wave goodbye to Nonno and Nonna!

(uncle benny flies out in the afternoon)

We sure enjoyed every minute of it! Please come back and visit again really soon!