Because we stay at my mom's house, we got to see a lot of people who were coming over to eat there--before we left for dinner with Eric's family. It was great to see Jim and Amy and their kids, and Shannon and her kids (we did catch a glimpse of Axel later on). My mom actually hosted Thanksgiving this year! I still think grandma did a lot of work, but hopefully it was a tad more relaxing for her this year. I especially love the above picture of Natalie, Amy and my mom (holding Ryan). They all look so beautiful.
We then headed to Springville where Kip and Diana hosted the Elison Thanksgiving dinner at their church. Our family has been way to large to fit in any one family's house for years now. Sadly, we never get the chance to host, living out of town. It was so good to see everyone. Ryder was a holy terror. I literally had to to take him out of the room so that people could eat in peace. The terrible two's have officially arrived.
It's always so nice to see all the cousins playing together and having a good time. Everyone is growing up so much! Everyone was there except for Greg and Tess who are in China (but coming home very soon!). It was especially nice to see Jared after returning from his mission in New York (he got home the day before Thanksgiving). We were also excited to have Kathi's parents and Michele's mom, step-dad, sister and nieces with us as well.
Kurt and Kip came up with a great idea to make pine-wood derby cars and have a race. Each family was given a car and certain items with which to make the car. They could only use what was in their bag to build it. It was really fun to watch everyone working on their cars.
After about an hour we all gathered around to watch the races. While most of the cars would have never passed official pinewood derby regulations (and several would have been disqualified for cheating), it was fun to see what they accomplished.
I think Savannah and Eric's car ended up in third place. Kip and Josh ended up winning. It was so much fun!