Thanksgiving Weekend Goings On

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's been a heck of a weekend here at the Goff House! My 34th birthday came on my biggest cooking day of the year, the day before Thanksgiving... so, needless to say, I didn't do much for my birthday this year unless of course, you count cooking! Thanksgiving day, we took the opportunity to grab a few photos of our little family and then headed off to my sister Sherry's place where we would later stuff ourselves full of turkey - Gobble Gobble!

The next day I joined the hundreds of crazed shoppers at our local Walmart and grabbed some Christmas presents. After recuperating that morning, Grace tried on her new cooking outfit (isn't she a doll?!),

and we also drug out some Christmas decorations. The tree was up and on went the ornaments.

Grace LOVED decorating the tree. She also thought Daddy's new A Christmas Story lamp ornament was funny.

That night we caught New Moon at the drive-in. Garrett went with us, but Grace had her VERY first overnighter away from home... at Grandma's house!

I think they had a really good time and Grace got to stay up waaaayyyy past her bedtime. Ah, the advantages of Grandma's house!

Later on Saturday, we decided to light up the fire pit. It was as great night for it. Made me yearn to go camping!


Wait a Minute! That Stuffed Animal Just Moved...

Monday, November 23, 2009

It was a tea party for a crowd. Thank goodness we had enough plates!

So ALL the animals were lined up to watch the festivites.

But wait... there's one in there that's not stuffed... I just saw his ear twitch. And he's purring...


FREE Branson Magazine

Saturday, November 21, 2009

OK fellow Ozarkians (and those that live elsewhere but love the Ozarks too!)... if you enjoy a jaunt to ol' Branson now and then (and who doesn't need the 76 blvd fix every once in awhile), then here's a deal for you! Branson Vacation Magazine is offering a free magazine subscription to your front doorstep... or, you can hit their online digital version of the magazine (links on the right-hand side). The magazine promises to be full of information and special features on shows and entertainers, attractions, shopping, lodging, dining, and special events. This is a 417 Magazine publication - and if you've ever seen 417, you know how wonderful a job they do with their magazine! Get yours soon... the Christmas edition is available now! Let it Show and Light it Up are two articles you'll want to read - they'll probably convince you to take a Branson trip this Christmas season if you hadn't already thought about it.


Who Knew Cooties Could be so Much Fun!?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday nights are family fun night at the Goff house. It's the one night of the week when we're not already booked up with church, work, etc. We usually make home-made pizza (we've been refining our whole wheat crust for months now!), watch a movie, etc... but tonight, we decided to play the game Cootie. I had never played it or even heard of it for that matter... but I was at Target the other day and they had it marked down to $5. It looked like the perfect game for a preschooler... counting, taking turns, no reading required! Yea! Well, Grace LOVES playing Cootie and, quite frankly, so do I. We had a lot of fun creating our little cooties. And, of course, Grace won.

We also did a little pre-decorating this evening. We brought up the tree and set it up. I always forget how much I hate hooking up lights... ugh. But, the highlight was Grace decorating the tree... I've not even pulled out the ornaments yet, but Grace has already starting "decorating" it with her own "ornaments". Too sweet. I have a feeling our Christmas tree will be EXTRA special this year.


Giggle Box Garrett

Friday, November 13, 2009

With a laugh like that, how could you not love this boy?!?! :-)


The Squirrel has Left the Building

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank goodness. He finally was shewed outta the house! But not before the little flying varmit landed on Grace!


Is that a baby squirrel cruising through my kitchen?

Well what d'ya know! A baby squirrel in my house... and the cats tracked it into the kitchen.

And a video of the cat freak out:


Garrett's First Feeding

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Garrett had his first cereal feeding last night. It went as expected... more food out than in. I guess he'll need a little more practice!

And here's a picture of me and my handsome little stud.

And here's the handsome little stud after he's had enough... notice the impressive amount of drool...

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