We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We were able to spend Thursday through Saturday with Grandma and Pop Pop Stephens, Uncle Jim, Aunt Andrea, and Joshua. The boys had a great time playing together.
Here are a few of the pictures I took over the weekend.
Ping pong! Luckily, the boys are tall enough that they don't need adults to help them as much.
These boys love to have races with cars down the ramp. We do the same thing at our house.
Sunday evening we went to our church for an event that the ladies bible study hosted. There were various stations that had ideas about how to keep Christ in Christmas and celebrate the Advent season. The boys had a great time and we were able to find some ideas for this year and in the future.
They told the story of Jesus birth and everyone had a piece of the Little People Nativity to add to the story.
I think Ben enjoyed eating cookies the best. Sam liked spending time with some of the teen girls who were gracious enough to spend time with him. Sam is such a flirt and loves spending time with the older girls while Ben is content to play by himself and get lost in his imagination.
Grandma Stephens stayed with us for the week while Dave and Pop Pop Stephens were in Pennsylvania for deer hunting.
Sam keeps growing up so quickly. He is Ben's shadow and copies everything big brother does. Just today he started calling himself Sammy instead of Sam and says Ben rather than Bubba. Of course Sam still has is own words for things such as "blub blub" for fish, "brrrr" for pacifier, "roar" for bear or lion, and makes an airplane noise or says Dusty when he sees an airplane. Right now he is very aware of emotions and will tell us about going to play with other kids at the gym and not getting to play with the bigger kids "me sad". Sam also likes to show us all his emotions and change the intonation of his voice going from sad, happy, and mad.
This year we were able to participate in our church's annual ugly Christmas sweater and bowling for the first time. The boys really enjoy bowling and getting a chance to spend time with their friends.
I had a hard time convincing Ben to not always stand right next to his ball. Here he is with his friends Ben and Isaac (identical twins) who have given us so many hand-me-downs. Ben always looks up to these boys.
Ben has really started to grow up to. His imagination is always at work. Right now he is fascinated with the world of superheros.
Sam and his poses make me laugh. I tried to get a picture of him shrugging his shoulders which he does frequently but was only able to capture this with his hands behind his back.
Today was a very busy day. After bowling we came home briefly for supper then walked to the park next door for Mishawaka's Winter Extravaganza. Last night we went downtown to see the lighting of the Christmas tree by the local police station. Tonight they had a petting zoo by a live nativity scene, horse-drawn carriage rides, bonfire, movie, Santa, and refreshments. It was a little cool but the boys had a great time.