Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend

We had a fabulous week!! Dalton got his mission call to Chile Santiago West Mission, so Tuesday he went through the temple for the first time. It was such a neat experience to be there with him. I wish that we got more (and better) pictures outside the temple when it was still light out, but oh well. My parents and Steve and I went with him. Such a great day!

We have 2 new additions to the family!! Sweet baby chicks, just 3 days old! We went with my family to get some chicks for my mom- I grew up on a mini farm, and they have had chickens on and off for years, and it was time to go get some more. While we were there, I fell in LOVE with these two little ladies and needed to bring them home with us. Right now, we are keeping them in a laundry basket in our laundry room, but, next week I am getting them a little coop so they can be outside in our yard. I'm so excited to have fresh organic eggs everyday! They wont start laying for about 6 months. Steve wasn't thrilled, he still has yet to hold one.

How much do I love my man? He came home on Wednesday night with this beautiful bouquet for me. Why? Because he loves me :)

Thanksgiving day was awesome. We usually do some sort of service project as a family during the holidays. This year, Thanksgiving morning, we did a project for an old man who owns a produce shop. My dad has been going to this store for a few years, and has made friends with the old man who owns it. He charges next to nothing for the food & my dad has witnessed on several occasions, he will just give away fruit and vegetables to frequent customers who usually don't have the money for it. The store is in a really poor area. It is literally falling apart, I'm surprised its still standing. The owner now has cancer and has been unable to run the shop, so his son comes in runs it for him. My dad came to the son and let him know that since his dad has given so much to the community, that in his father's time of need, he would like to give back to him. We painted the ceiling, pillars & walls of the store. It was such a rewarding experience. I don't have pictures right now, but I will get some from my dad's camera and post them soon. The son was sooo appreciative, the act of service without any expectation of anything in return was so foreign to him. It was a great missionary experience. Some of my most favorite holiday memories are of our family serving others. We are so blessed, and being able to serve others reminds me of that.

After painting, my family and us headed down to our time share in New Braunfels. We had an awesome homemade dinner by momma and just played games and watched movies all weekend, and did a little shopping on Friday at the outlets in San Marcos.

I set up our tree on Saturday! Its so little and cute, I just LOVE Christmas!!


Tyson and Ashley Gardner said...

CHICKS???? I love it! I'm gonna call you Chandler and Joey now! Maybe one will really turn into a duck and the other a rooster!!! I love when you blog it makes my whole day!!! Xoxo

Misty said...

Cute Chicks!

I just have to say that it's really weird that I read your blog about where the mission call was to just now! I just wrote out a tag to mail something to my mom's friend's grandson who is serving in the chile santiago east mission. Whoa... lol!