Monday, November 26, 2012

A Merry Thanksgiving Weekend...

...with love, laughter and cheer!

So blessed this weekend to have one of my very best friends of 14 years (are we really that old?!?!?!) Paul Coakley and his lovely wife/family stay with us.  The four day weekend was full of delightful memories with our kids (because yes, we have them), reconnecting with family (hey there lil' brother, good to have you back) and so many fantastic memories.  Here is the story in pictures (I'll try not to put too many- wait, who am I kidding, there is going to be a lot)!
The Aarons finishing up much needed raking.  Might be my favorite picture of the two of them together. 

Joey sure does love his Uncle Paul

"stop running away...I wanna play"

Dad's toast

I am so very thankful for the three people who have changed my whole life.

All that for one little boy :)

Coakley smiles!

Reunited and it feels so good

Not a thanksgiving without a little cake in the face

....er, or a lot of cake in the face

Two besties 

love of my life

best.aunt.ever. seriously. best.

The Jacketts and the Coakleys

I love how lil' Aaron is looking at his cousin

I actually have to set time limits on myself to go to bed when my dear friend Ann is in town, otherwise we would literally stay up all night talking.  Which gets awkward at the 5:30 am baby wake up call!

Good times!

Annie ROCKED out the dishes this year!  And Jen got to get in on the action!

Insert cheesy 80s song, 'Friends are friends forever, when the Lord's the Lord of them...'

Cannot tell you the joy in my heart

Cousins crew is down to a few 

This is such a Bad A$$ daddy pic

Cannot wait to watch these little guys grow up together.  Christian did so well with the littles!


Lil' A really wanted to get into the action

"Don't mind if I do" says Ellie

Sticker time is AWESOME

This kid is really something else.  There is something so special about him. Future priest? We shall see, but in the meantime, look at that smile!!!

So fun!

Uncle Paul ROCKS! He has movies of monster trucks!

pretty much in love with this boy

I love this one


What a great big brother


Christian is a stellar playmate!

Didn't win, but still smiling.
Such a great Thanksgiving was had by all!  I adore everything that comes with September-February.  Thank you Jesus for all of our gifts and the way you love us through each other!


  1. I haven't seen a picture of Paul's baby since he was literally a baby! He's so cute. You guys look like you had such fun times, what a great Thanksgiving!

  2. This is perfect Mary! Thank you for sharing a picture version of the weekend. As we were driving home yesterday, I realized that I was so caught up in the joy of the moment that I had taken very few pictures, so this really made my morning! I give the Wilkerson B&B 5 stars. You all are the best and I am seriously just so thankful that God has allowed our lives to continue on a similar path for all these years! (And hey, the pic of the two of us together is proof that these two baby mamas are almost as hot today as we were 5 years ago when you snapped an almost indentical pic at my wedding! Woot! Woot! for the "glow' of parenthood!!!) Love to all you beautiful Wilkersons. We are so looking forward to our next family reunion.

  3. Love that you had a whole weekend together! We had dinner here and it was really nice but that only lasts a few hours and then everyone's gone :( Beautiful pics!

  4. Great pics Mary! Brian and I had a blast. It was so special!