Monday, December 2, 2013

Giving Thanks

The Conkling clan had a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation, including the blessed day itself where we gathered to give thanks to God and join an amazing group of friends and family to celebrate.

We kicked off the day with a family-friendly 5K. The kids hunkered down and our little turkeys were more like frozen icicles by the end - but, did manage to hop out of the stroller and run alongside us toward the finish line (Jack giggled the entire block he galloped). 



We then thawed out with Starbucks and some snuggle time while watching the Macy's Parade. It's one tradition I love most - watching as much of the parade as possible! The kids thought the "big balloons" were fantastic.


Our Thanksgiving dinners kicked off with a trip to Arlington for the Heinrich Family Reunion. Jack's mom and her siblings put together an amazing time and it was a treat to see Jack's cousins and extended family who we haven't seen since Mackie was just a sweet babe (or even longer!). 


 Everyone says Jack and his Uncle Bud (pictured right) look the most alike. I can see some resemblance when they both hold the toddler cutie!







 And of course what cousin get-together wouldn't be complete without an escape off to the school's bathroom to unroll all toilet paper and then touch the bathroom drain? Of coruse Uncle Jerrod had a great time snapping pics of the little man in action....followed by me searching frantically for hand sanitizer.

We capped off our holiday weekend with a trip to Salina to watch our beloved Buhler Crusaders take on Coffeyville in the state championship football game. Buhler WON!! It was so.much.FUN to watch them win their first state trophy in football - and for the Cats to whip up on the Jayhawks just hours before. 



We're getting ready for Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus. It's been so sweet to hear Mackie talk about celebrating Jesus's birthday. Since December started (yesterday), we've been reading out of The Jesus Storybook Bible each morning to prepare our hearts and minds for the big day in a few short weeks - a precious reminder of the great sacrifice God did for us in sending His son as a sweet baby in the manger.

We hope you had a splendid Thanksgiving as you kicked off the start of the holiday season!

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