Sunday, November 25, 2007

Weekend with the Hellen's

Another weekend come and gone!! This was a fun weekend spent with the Hellen family. We celebrated Thanksgiving on Friday, and basically lounged around the house the rest of the weekend. There was a plethora of gifts opened on Friday as we celebrated multiple birthdays and Christmas. How many birthdays well, there was Paul and Sharla (Nov. 3), Carol (Nov. 11), Emily (Nov. 14), Amy (Nov. 15), Curt (Nov. 22) and finally Nathan on Dec. 3. I am not sure how we will get all of these gifts into the luggage, oh well, a few more days to worry about that.

Peanuts are much more fun than the present!!!

Saturday morning we went to breakfast with Josh and April Shiflett. It was fun to hang out with them. They are always good to get with and talk to. Emily enjoyed walking around IHOP and trying to get all of the other customers to notice her. She is a social little girl, shy at times, but more outgoing than the other two ever were. After breakfast we headed to Paul’s mom’s house were we learned that we had missed out on biscuits and gravy, one of the few foods that we enjoy getting while we are home in OKC. That is the way it goes I suppose. We spent the rest of the hanging out at Carol’s house playing games, and listening to the OSU/OU football game on the radio, no OSU did not win.There was a bit of UNO Attack played which is a pretty fun game and I am now seriously thinking about getting one, a new twist on a familiar game. Once the game was over and dinner had been eaten Grandma Hellen held a tea party for Nathan, Kayla and Avery. They were served tea and crackers. They all dressed in their tea time hats enjoyed some quality time with Grandma. Uncle Curt had to return to work on Sunday morning so Curt, Amy, and Cousin Avery headed back to Texas around 6PM and the rest of us headed over to Grandpa Hellen’s house so that Nathan and Kayla could roast marshmallows in his fireplace. Not the same as an open campfire, but the marshmallows sure were tasty!!

Playing UNO Attack

Nathan Serenades us with Some George Jones

Time to make the Marshmallows

Finally I’m back to today, Sunday! This morning we went to church then to lunch at Mazzio’s it was a nice morning, then we had to get all of our stuff packed and moved from Paul’s dad’s house back to the Cook house. After our move we headed off to another friend’s house, Brian and Sharron Schwidder. Brian was in the Fraternity with Paul at OSU. The Schwidder’s have a little girl, Abby, who just turned 5, and they are expecting their second child in January. We wish them a healthy and safe delivery of their baby. Nathan and Kayla enjoyed playing with Abby and her toys. Meanwhile Emily LOVED chasing their dog, Lucy around the house. She has a love of all things soft and furry. We went back to Mom and Dad’s house for dinner. Then, when the kids were all tucked into bed Paul, Susan and I went to Outback Steakhouse for a blooming onion and a beer. It has become kind of a tradition for us (Karen and Paul) to that at least once while we are home. That was our weekend in a nutshell!!

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