Leighton’s 1st Thanksgiving

Last week we celebrated Leighton’s first Thanksgiving, and oh how much we have to be thankful for this year!! The addition of our little girl to our family is of course the biggest blessing we’ve received not just this year, but ever.

Our first trip to Nashville with baby in tow was definitely different than last trips, but we had so much fun trekking around the city introducing her to family and friends. We spent 4 nights there with Craig’s family, but we managed to pack about a month’s worth of visits in while we were there. And along the same lines, we packed half our house to make the trip! Here are a few of our favorite moments from the trip (not pictured are visits with several other friends — somehow, I forgot to snap any photos!).

The perfect baby traveller is a sleeping one::
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Cheering on Aunt Cassie at her basketball game::
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4 generations with Craig’s grandparents and a portrait of his mom, Karen::
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I think it’s now confirmed that L looks just like her daddy::
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Thanks for my Gobble onesie, Addison!
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Thanksgiving #2::
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Craig’s family surprised us with a mini shower and sent us home with all sorts of goodies!
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A fun afternoon at Arrington Vineyards::
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Quality time with some of my best girls::
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L didn’t quite cooperate for a photo with Craig’s parents, but we’ll take it!
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The holidays have always been something I look forward to — spending time with loved ones, eating delicious food, doing nice things for others, and taking time to really appreciate our many blessings. Having a baby has made these occasions so much more special and memorable, and I know that feeling will only multiply as she gets older. We can’t wait to get back to Nashville next month for Christmas!

thanksgiving festivities

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful – filled with loads of family and even more food. We went to my brother’s soon-to-be in-laws’ home for our now annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night, and had way too much delicious lasagna, bread, chicken, and goat cheese-stuffed fried green tomatoes. We topped that off with a 13-layer cake. What a great way to get ready for the biggest eating day of the year, right?

You can’t celebrate Thanksgiving without fancy turkey cupcakes!


Hayes family photo for Thanksgiving Day 2012::

After watching the Macy’s parade and having breakfast at Cracker Barrel (yum!), we had Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt and uncle’s “party barn” in Cartersville. We gathered with about 50 family members and friends (probably 1/2 were under the age of 10)… it’s always very loud and entertaining with the Sims/Baxter crew!  We stuffed ourselves like turkeys, watched some football, and played with all of our cousins’ kids… perfect way to end the day!

Fresh corn that my dad brought up from a farm in FL::


We had friends join us for dinner with the family::


3 lawyers walk into a party…


Gator rides for the kids::


My cousin’s daughter, one of the most precious little girls ever::


Cousins::


3 meats on one plate!


The Sims Family::


Hope your day was wonderful, too! Happy Black Friday shopping!

happy thanksgiving, y’all!

In honor of  Thanksgiving, I’ve been posting something I’m thankful for every day on facebook. I love Thanksgiving because it marks the beginning of the holiday season, and it’s a time to gather with loved ones and enjoy each other’s company and lots of food and give thanks for the many, many blessings bestowed upon us throughout the year.

We have so much to be thankful for this year! I celebrated my 6th year at the Center for Puppetry Arts and my 2nd year as a Stylist with Stella & Dot. Craig got a new job within his company and is now a Business Systems Analyst… don’t ask me what that means, but I know he’s happy to have made the change. We’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of time traveling around the country this year… I think Costa Rica, Lake Tahoe, St. Augustine, and NYC were some of our favorites. My brother was sweet enough to include us in his proposal while we were in Costa Rica this spring, and we could not be more thrilled to officially welcome her into our family next year. I’ve always wanted a sister, and she’s the perfect one! Coco just turned 2 today — it’s hard to believe she’s not a “little” puppy anymore! And to top it all off, we’re all healthy and happy. It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m so looking forward to what next year brings.

Here are some shots of our turkey week so far, as well as some festive inspiration::
Photos of pilgrim hat cookies, Thanksgiving definition, and “give thanks” banner courtesy of Pinterest.





I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is filled with lots of turkey, pie, and a table full of the people you love. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!