Thursday, December 15, 2011

This year, we are thankful for grandparents.

Where has the time gone? House hunting, Christmas preparations, and the daily grind have stolen the time away. With Christmas itself around the corner, I had better get caught up on some of our exciting adventures.
Grandma and Grandpa Knight came to our house for Thanksgiving this year.  They probably regretted it, since it was raining and freezing cold the whole time they were here, but we were very happy to have them.  Grandpa Knight came to town the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  He told Grandma before he came that he was going to spend his whole week here playing with Jared, but Eloise must have been enchanting because they were attached at the hip for a lot of his visit.  Here they are watching the children play at the Bellevue Square Mall "inside playground," as Jared calls it.
 Of course Jared and Grandpa had a lot of fun together.  Grandpa remembers everything that Jared likes and does his very best to spoil him.  He brought Jared a watch and a fan because he knows that Jared loves them (and associates all wristwatches and fans with Grandpa).  Jared was also excited that Grandpa brought his jungle gym/walker for Jared to play with.  This arrangement might decrease the efficacy of the walker, but it certainly gets a lot of adoration from passing pedestrians.  
Grandma had to work for part of Thanksgiving week, so she flew in on Wednesday and went home to Arizona on Sunday.  She had to make the most of her limited time here by making a big mess in Jared's room with him.  She reintroduced Jared to these previously very neglected blocks.  Since Grandma's visit, Jared has had these blocks out almost every day.  He has even started to build his own towers, instead of just knocking them down.
 Meanwhile, Grandpa and Eloise bonded over their shared baldness and limited mobility.
 I took a lot of pictures of Grandpa and Eloise.  They are just so sweet together that I couldn't resist.
 Thanksgiving dinner itself was a great success, thanks to Grandma's expertise.  I am still at a total loss over how gravy thickens.  Theoretically I get it, but my only gravy success ever was a total accident.  Somehow it thickened to the right consistency just as I was getting ready to throw it away.  It's a good thing we had Grandma here to do it for us this year.
Here is a picture of our spread, and some very hungry Knights waiting for me to stop taking pictures and let them eat, already.
If you look closely at the picture above, you can see that Todd grew out his facial hair for the whole month of November.  You might need a magnifying glass.  

On Saturday we let Grandma and Grandpa babysit so we could go see the new Muppet movie.  I like that they have persuaded me that it was us doing them a favor instead of them doing one for us. It was really nice to have a date with my handsome and talented husband.

Our uncooperative-for-pictures children sat for a few pictures with Grandma and Grandpa, just as non compliant as ever.  Get those fingers out of your mouths and look at the CAMERA, kids!  They are keeping it real, as usual. 
This Thanksgiving I am thankful to have married into the best family that anyone could ever ask for.  In addition to an amazing husband I got fantastic in-laws.  Thank you for suffering through the shocking cold to come visit! 
One year ago last week, Grandma Knight was run over by a truck.  We are really thankful she was still around, walking, and healthy again to celebrate Thanksgiving with us.  She even ran a 10K last Saturday to celebrate her mobility!  Hurrah for Grandma!

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