This was our very first year spending Thanksgiving without any extended family and it was very bizzare. It just didn't feel normal.
We did have our neighbors over for a Thanksgiving meal, we did it early so that they could get to their family's house by afternoon time. Also because it was so early we opted out of having dessert. The food was so yummy! Ryan and I cooked ham, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Our neighbors brought rolls, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing and roasted sqaush. Their littlest one was battling a fever, so they came in shifts. Pictured with us is Shannon and "neighbor Sammie" who is just five months older than Cambryn. Mike came over to eat once Shannon went home to stay with baby Cameron.
We first met Mike and Shannon in July of 2005. Here in AZ, at that time, if you wanted to buy a house, you had to enter a drawing/lottery. If your name got drawn then you got to choose a lot, if not better luck next time. The day we went, they choose two groups of names. The first group had their purchase price locked in and got to choose a lot. The second group got to choose a lot but not have their purchase price locked in for two more weeks. Ryan and I, and Mike and Shannon were both in the second group. This meant that we had the entire day to sit and wait until it was our turn to choose our lot. Well that is when we met them and we hit it off right away and talked the hours away. We parted ways knowing that we were on the same street just 3 houses away. And we have had a great time doing all sorts of things together. The girls love to play together, Shannon and I have gone out to lunch and shopping, Ryan and Mike have gone hiking, to Cardinals games (those played on Saturdays or Mondays) and out to lunch as well. We have traded babysitting and gone on family picnics. We love them very much, they are truly some of our best friends and we treasure having them as neighbors.
After Thanksgiving dinner I took Cambryn and Morgan to see TANGLED at the theater. They were so excited to be able to go with just mom. The movie was super cute and I loved getting popcorn and sharing it with my girls. Later that night we baked our apple pie and ate it as a family while we watched another movie, KITT KITTREDGE an american girl, we love this movie and have made it a Thanksgiving tradition to watch it together.