Cooper created this sidewalk chalk drawing of angel Steve on Aunt Ami and Uncle Rich's back patio.
Cooper, Uncle Jim, Uncle Greg and Brooke registered for the Austin Turkey Trot. Cooper and Brooke signed up for the 1-mile race, Jim and Greg for the 5-mile race.
The uncles moved onto the Congress Avenue bridge to get close to the starting line, and I stayed back with the cousins. We admired kooky costumes (some turkeys, a pair dressed as a monkey and a banana, a couple of all-body unitards) and chatted before the start.
When the crowd started moving, I reminded the cousins to stick together. And as I walked away, I shouted, "Stay together, and remember you're running one mile!"
As soon as I said it, I had a sense there would be trouble.
Sure enough, the cousins missed the poorly placed sign designating the 1-mile route, and they ran 5 instead. They crossed the finish line with cheerful spirits!
Katie sitting in her "hut" behind the Jones' house. The cousins built structures out of branches and other found materials and spent hours playing outside.
Ami, Tara, Rich and Sasha -- our awesome Thanksgiving week hosts
Melane, Greg, Molli and Brooke
Annual toast at the cousins' table
Betty, Jim and Jim spent Thanksgiving Day with us in Austin.
Cooper lights the Steve candle before we say grace for Thanksgiving dinner. (Molli and Rich are behind him.)
Katie, Tyra and Cooper on Thanksgiving Day (I often get weepy when I see photos of just the three of us. In this one, I strongly sense Steve with us, and it makes me smile.)