Ruffner Middle Bulldogs – We’re Thankful for You

Thanksgiving is often associated with football. The Cowbows have been playing on Thanksgiving Day since 1966. There is the annual UVa vs Virginia Tech game the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving, for many families in Hampton Roads, means family and football and instead of commenting on the pros or taking a side in the Commonweath cup – we want to instead introduce you to our favorite team – Ruffner Middle!

This year our #RWNewHomes team was able to be the “12th Man” for the Ruffner Middle School Football season. Our New Homes Managers went under the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise over $2,000 and the team won it’s championship.

“I kinda feel like these are OUR kids,” said New Homes agent Bea CoBell.

Here are some great slideshows from the coach and team.

Humpday Hot Property: 7163 Pattersons View Lane

River Club at Twin Island

Today’s Humpday Hot Property is 7163 Patterson’s View Lane in River Club at Twin Island. Located in Hayes, Virginia this residential gem is intimately nestled just five minutes past the York River Bridge. An elevated property, River Club at Twin Island offers breathtaking York River vistas, which residents are sure to enjoy from the now completed community pier and gazebo.

7163 Patterson’s View Lane is a Randolph floor plan and includes a first floor master suite and plenty of flexible space. Plus there are lots of great incentives like $10,000 towards design costs and if you’re using a VA Loan you can move in for $99. Make sure to speak to your sales associate for more details.

A place of warm and welcoming neighbors, River Club at Twin Island offers exceptional carefree living. Thoughtfully planned homes allow for plenty of quality time with family and friends; for dropping a line in the river, or just peacefully gazing out over the water at day’s end.

  • Contemporary new home designs
  • Modern gourmet kitchens
  • Spacious family rooms
  • Plenty of flexible space
  • Architecturally distinct exterior themes
  • Excellent selection of design options

To find out more about this incredible community just Ask Jen, our New Homes Specialist.

Kid Friendly Thanksgiving

Keep the kids (big and small) entertained and happy with these great ideas.

Kids Table Decor

Just because you have a bunch of tiny humans visiting doesn’t mean you should skip making their eating place fun. The blog Sweet Metel Moments has a great post about decorating a kids table – including free printables for crayon bags, place cards, and centerpiece options. What’s great is when the kids make a mess you just toss everything in the trash.


Things to Do

Keep the troops occupied while you’re putting the finishing touches on the feast.

Thanksgiving Mad Libs


We found a ton of Thanksgiving themed mad libs printables.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Turkey Dinner    Thanksgiving Mad Libs for Kids     Family Trip

Set up a Photo Booth


This is a popular option for many families because of so many cool apps and posting sites. These cute props from are perfect to capture some precious holiday moments with all the kids in your family.

Thanksgiving Coloring Sheets


You can’t go wrong with coloring, and these free coloring sheets are easy to print and put out with crayons.

Parade Bingo

Super cute and fun! Print out this bingo game and it encourages kids to watch the event from start to finish while you work on dinner.

Kid Friendly Snacks

A smart hostess will have some good snacks – especially for the little ones. Here are just a few cute examples:

Fruit Turkey

Fruit Turkey

From such a fun idea. Take sliced fruit and a pear and create a turkey fruit platter – even better have everything cut up and let the kids create it for you! That was you keep them occupied, fed, and in the Thanksgiving spirit.

Blessing Mix


There was also this sweet idea for “Blessing Mix” from I Have No Greater Joy Blog. Here’s how you make this fun mix:

- Take bugles, pretzels, candy corn, seeds, fruit, M&M’s, and Hershey’s Kisses and mix them up. Then you can use the printables they provide or type the meaning of what each item represents for Thanksgiving:

  • Bugles represent the cornucopia, a horn of plenty
  • Pretzels represent arms folded in thanks and prayer
  • Candy Corn reminds us that during the first winter, the Pilgrims were allowed only a few kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce
  • Seeds are promise of a future harvest if they are planted and well tended
  • Fruit is a reminder of the harvest gifts from the land
  • M&M’s are for memories of those who came before us
  • Hershey’s Kiss is a reminder of the love of family and friends that sweeten our lives

You can put in individual bags – think a treat for the road home. Or use this instead of traditional snack mix.  And again this is a good activity for the kids to do so that you can have a discussion of what Thanksgiving really means.


New Ideas for Thanksgiving Desserts

Great collection of dessert recipes

Wanting some new dessert ideas to end your Thanksgiving feast on a sweet note? We’ve found our top ten best new ideas for great Thanksgiving desserts from our Pinterest page. Want some more inspiration make sure you check out all of our Thanksgiving coverage on our blog and Pinterest boards.

Pumpkin Mousse

Compared to a pumpkin pie, the mousse is more subtly flavored, but still captures the essence of this quintessential Thanksgiving ingredient. Individually served in small cups or more generously in a parfait cup, pumpkin mousse would make an elegant addition to any Thanksgiving dinner table.


Mini Pumpkin Pies

Great way to portion out desserts – or even handle a buffet of deserts. We’re pretty sure you can take any pie and turn it into a miniature delight.

Super cute idea - take a mini approach to the traditional pumpkin pie by using store bought pie dough and muffin tins. Recipe courtesy of

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars

So delicious – these bring cheesecake to the ultimate dessert spread.

Move over apple pie - bring on these delicious and scrumptious cheesecake bars. Another great make-a-head dish.

Apple Pie Cake

The absolute easiest apple pie you will ever make. Just mix, bake, and enjoy.

The easiest apple pie ever - because there is no crust to roll out. Plus it uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. #Thanksgiving

Salted Caramel & Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Salted Caramel anything goes to the top of the list – but combine it with chocolate and pecan pie? Well if it’s wrong, we don’t want to be right.


Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Once again putting pumpkin in new and exciting areas.


Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding

Save some room in your oven for Mr. Turkey and all his friends but fixing dessert in the slow cooker. Top with a bit of whip cream for a yummy treat.


Baked Pears

There is always someone on a diet – so why not serve this great and simple dessert.


Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Don’t just save cranberries for sauce – take the unofficial fruit of Thanksgiving to the dessert round with this delicious cake.


Photos from a Phenomenonal Day of Giving

The 22nd Annual Rose & Womble Foundation’s Turkey Brigade was a huge success. We gave out 1,020 full Thanksgiving meals in Hampton Roads.

We had an amazing day with the 22nd annual Turkey Brigade – agents and employees from all over the company volunteered their time to hand out 1,020. We had some brave men and women from the US Navy and US Marines – private organizations like Friends for Elderly and Daughters of Life. And we had help from city service organizations who are on the front lines of hunger everyday here in Hampton Roads.

Here are a collection of photos from the day – we’re going to be highlighting some of the stories from the Brigade throughout the next week as part of the #RWThanks series.

From everyone at Rose & Womble Realty Company we watn to say thanks for once again supporting our effort to help those in Hampton Roads.

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