We had such a fun visit with the Jolliffs! We arrived the day before Thanksgiving and spent 4 nights. The adults and kids all had a great time together. When we arrived, Elizabeth picked us up in a nearby town and took us to Hashim's Palace, from the Umayyad era. There was a school field trip and lots of kids from a southern town were roaming around and enjoyed talking with us everywhere we turned. Many of them wanted their pictures taken!
We made it to their house before the big boys got home from school and enjoyed re-acquainting with the twins. It was a really nice day and we all played outside for a bit.
These babies are so sweet together and love each other so much!
Next it was Benjamin's turn.
Then back outside to play!
And then discovered the rope swing.
They have a plentiful lemon tree in the yard. One day a few of the boys helped pick lemons so we could make Nathan's famous lemon with mint recipe.
I was loving the signs of fall and their grape vines in the yard!
Caleb and the big boys spent a lot of time in the tree house.
Sam is such a great big brother and cousin, and is getting so mature and responsible! We enjoyed having him sleep downstairs with us each night and Andrew on most nights too.
These babies love their momma!
On Thanksgiving morning, Elizabeth and I went for a nice and flat almost 9 mile turkey trot.
It was a really chilly but beautiful day and so fun to run together. Wish we could do this more often!
Afterwards, we picked up a fresh turkey from the butcher for the next day. It arguably may have been alive right before we got there...we had never seen anything like it and took the turkey in the plastic bag and cardboard box home.
Elizabeth did a wonderful job decorating for Thanksgiving and the table looked beautiful, and everyone took home fresh baked lemon bread and Jolliff branded olive oil from their own trees!
She had a really cute kids area too.
These two love to help and love to play together!
Then back outside...Sam and Benjamin are so goofy and we saw a lot of this silliness...these boys!
The boys and men enjoyed a fire in the backyard that night.
These two were ready to celebrate Thanksgiving!
The boys were so sweet with the babies. Benjamin looked so big next to them.
Their team mates all brought over delicious food, everything was so tasty!
Mark and Betty - the candy corn and peanuts made it...I waited until we got there to eat it!
Love this :).
Not sure why Benjamin scooted over...
He is such a goofball!
Other boys watched kindle...this was a common scene most nights, usually plus Sam but tonight he was playing with us.
And I loved on the twins some more. Abigail and I bonded pretty well on this trip. Abram not as much, but I was glad to get them both smiling :).
Hap and Nathan walked down, and we all drove. Who says you can't fit 9 people in a ford focus?
I found the boys having a secret meeting in one of the corners of the play area.
Who says you can't fit 11 people in a ford focus?!
We were so thankful for the opportunity to visit and look forward to more fun times together!