Its nice not to have to worry about cutting one family short, and trying to eat at both places.
2014 was the year of the Nelsons.
Russ has a big family- 8 kids total, but this was a quiet thanksgiving at his parents which was still really nice.
One of his siblings and his wife was in Italy for a much deserved getaway, so we got the enjoy their cute kids while they were away, along with his youngest brother.
I made my traditional rolls while Russ and Lila watched the parade.
Its crazy how much Lila has changed.
Russ's parents have a really great place. It sits on 9 (I think ) acres in a beautiful litte town against the mountains. Their house has very much a rustic farm house feel, and is so warm and inviting.
The top play room floor has a slide that comes down just outside of the kitchen with a pile of blankets at the bottom to cushion the landing :)
Lila up in the playroom waiting for dinner:
Because they do live on a farm with lots of fun animals, there are almost always kittens!
Or crazy cat Griffin is from their barn, and if those cats are anything like her, they are a tad on crazy side.
Russ showing Lila is elk he shot a few years back. Im grateful to my inlaws for keeping it at their house so I don't have to keep it in mine :)
I love the tradition the family has to go around during dinner and say what you are thankful for. Its slightly embarrassing that I am the only one that cried, but I have so much to be thankful for, and there is something about just saying it aloud in front of those you love.
In just a few shorts we were about to meet our 2 new additions to the family!