Well, the gift-opening and -giving is finally over. We spent the entire weekend eating and opening gifts and are now home and back to work. We do have one more family meal with Matt's aunts and uncles on New Year's Day (at our house)! Wish me luck as I try to find a home for all the toys and such that the girls brought home with them from the 3 Christmas celebrations that we had over the weekend. I promise to post pictures soon. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
That's right! Jill and Santa Claus finally met. We took the girls to the mall yesterday in hopes of letting Lexi tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas. Well, Lexi had other ideas. She is deathly afraid of the big guy! She would not even go close to the waiting line at the mall, so Jill and mommy went on in. Needless to say, Lexi didn't make it into the picture. Enjoy Jill's first visit to see Santa!
This year, the Thomas family decided to spend our Thanksgiving time together at Splash Universe in Dundee, Michigan. It is a water park attached to a Holiday Inn. We all decided to go away for the holiday to help celebrate more than just Thanksgiving... we were also celebrating Bud and Eileen's (Papa Bud and G.G.'s) 60th wedding anniversary! Even though it won't officially be 60 years until May '10, we all agreed that now was a better time than this spring (with a baby on the way for Brittany and a wedding to plan for Maely). We all met in Dundee on Saturday around noon and the fun began! Putting on our swimsuits, we all ventured down to the water park for some fun in the pools. There are many water slides as well as a kiddie pool and a lazy river. Only 3 of us didn't get our feet wet (Nola, G.G. and Papa Bud). I think everyone else had a good time in the water and even baby Jill got her suit wet! On Sat. night, G.G. and Papa Bud had decided to renew their vows. We also celebrated Lexi's birthday. She opened Handy Manny's toolbox from uncle Benny, a Tinkerbell costume and movie from aunt Brittany and uncle Matt, some cool coloring/wipe off pages from great aunt Ruby and uncle Don, and a Dora backpack full of goodies from G.G. and Papa Bud. After eating pizza and many other goodies (we all brought something to munch on) and of course some game-playing , we all turned in for the night. Lexi and Kaity even got in another quick swim on Sunday before we all left for the trip home. We had some quality family time and I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. See you all again at Christmas! P.S. I will post pictures in the next day or two. Baby Jill is trying to get teeth and I don't have the time now!
We met at the University of Toledo while completing our pharmacy degrees. We got married on June 18, 2005 and shortly after that adopted Banky (our puggle) in July. Alexa joined our family on November 22, 2006 just one day before Thanksgiving. Then Jillian arrived on April 28, 2009. Finally, Allison came on January 2, 2012. We all thought she would be a December baby, but she had other thoughts! Our 3 girls are wonderful and keep us on our toes!