Thanksgiving this year was spent with Matt’s family in Omaha. Since Nathan was off the entire week from school we decided to extend our normal Wednesday-Sunday stay and drove out on Monday. With the extra days we were able to spend some great time together. Several years ago we visited the Omaha Children’s Museum and really enjoyed the activities they had for the kids. I believe the last visit was before Levi was with us. The boys really had a great time (even the big boy in the family was engaged)!On Wednesday we snuck away for a few short hours with Matt’s mom and enjoyed the warm areas of the zoo. Thanksgiving was wonderful! The cousins loved playing together, we enjoyed lots of time with family, the food was delicious, and we all had much to be thankful for on this holiday. The kids even put on a thanksgiving parade that included outfits – Nathan was an Indian and Levi a cowboy. Friday, the entire extended family gathered for professional photos followed by a Nebraska football party. The kids again played like crazy. Levi and Nathan both miss their cousins and the excitement of having them around. The below picture shows the cousins getting ready for their shot. :) Amazingly the photographers could not only get all 8 to sit still but they even got them to smile at the same time! Our final adventure was to the Air and Space Museum. Lots of airplanes and interactive exhibits made it a wonderful place for the kids! Plus, they had two huge bounce houses. Can’t go wrong with bounce houses. :) The boys were extremely excited to see a model train set up. Real airplanes are easily topped by little model trains for my boys. This slide comes out the back of a space shuttle bounce house. It was really pretty cool.
We have decided we make the best travel time when we leave early. So at 5:50am (4:50 Colorado time) we left Omaha. The boys are sort of in a dazed zombie state for the first several hours and we just keep driving until they start acting up then we stop for breakfast. We made it about 2/3rds of the way home before we stopped. Sorry to my family in Ogallala, we didn’t stop to say hello, but we did enjoy your McDonald’s. :) Levi fell asleep after breakfast and Nathan crashed out about 20 minutes from home.
When they boys came inside he house our Elf on the Shelf had returned and was sitting on our table with some new books and an advent calendar. Nathan, still being sleepy and somewhat emotional, saw our elf and gave a quick smile which was followed by him hiding behind Matt’s leg until we moved the elf on to a high shelf far away. He eventually warmed up to the elf again and by that evening he was excited to have Son (yep, years ago he named our elf Son) back in our home.