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Thanksgiving Weekend

This weekend was a perfect weekend! Full of family, football, and food. It's been a while since I have posted so this post is going to include a lot!
This weekend started off with a lovely time with family at the Knowles household. It was wonderful and chaotic all at once.
We decided to head over early to hang out with Grandma and Grandpa before all the cousins made it. Callie got there early enough to help grandpa stuff the turkey - a bit timid at first but then "helped" grandpa put the stuffing into the piece at a time...very helpful

Clara is an adorable little girl full of silly facial expressions - here's one 

And another.... 

Hanging with our cousin Clara 

Coloring with Laurel

Callie gets very focused when she is coloring 

Reading books with Grandpa - a much needed down time

Next, we headed over to our place in Hoodsport for some much needed R and R. The apple cup was on Friday. We, of course, had to show our school spirit. 
Doing some window stickers with papa - showing our purple pride 

Go Dawgs!

More coloring - one of Callie's current favorite things to do

We decided to use the opportunity to cut down a tree on our property - all Preston could talk about was how FREE it was! (you might remember our drama from last year)

Callie and Preston trying to find just the right tree - she is always the happiest when she is outside!

How about this tree mom?

Watching papa start to cut it down

After watching Preston, she wanted to jump in and help out

The prize!

Hanging with Aunt Kristine on the ATV

The newest family shot

The Sarions decided to come up for the night, Callie was in absolute HEAVEN! There was a ton of laughter!
Digging in the cold - there was mass confusion over who should wear which hat - so the girls decided to all trade. 

Reading with Aunt Sarah - Maya was very attached to Callie's hat and wore it most of the day (with or without pants)


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