It seems that this week has been one party after the next.
As the week winds down, and the quietness of the season's biggest blessing fills my heart, I thought that I would share some photos from our family Christmas last weekend at my folks'.
My mom has gotten us into the ritual of attempting a WHOLE family picture each Christmas before opening gifts. Often times we gather together on the couch. .however it is getting to be a wee bit small for all of us. .So this year, she decided that it should be done outside. Mind you, it was around 30 degrees with a chilly breeze. Here is part of the family milling around waiting on someone to decree where they would stand.
With my new Canon perched atop my mom's tripod, and the timer button pushed. .
This was the best photo of all 23 of us that we could muster.
The new baby was swaddled like baby Jesus. Notice everyone has a coat on except yours truly?? (everyone that is, except my sis in law Steph. .she was trying to make me feel better!) That's because MY gift from my folks included a new black jacket. .so I didn't bring another coat. .and we had to take pictures BEFORE we opened gifts. .that was the stipulation to get everyone to smile nice!
We took 3 timed pictures before everyone suddenly deserted me. .
And I mean sudden. .one second they were there. .and the next second they were gone.
HAHAHA. .always a wise guy. .or several around this place!
The photo ops went south from there. Out of numerous grandkid pictures. .this was it!! Someone is
crying, or looking the other way, or even running out of the picture
Maybe someday. .maybe someday!!
And then to get grandma and grandpa in. .
SOME kids were ready for presents. .PERIOD!
It's much like a very NOISY ant den here anymore. Children everywhere. Amazingly, EVERYONE waited patiently for their turn to open their gifts up. We start with the youngest and work our way up. It's always nice to send the children to another room with all their goodies before the big kids start in on gifts.
As always, everyone was well spoiled!!
Here's our "share the love" photos. .
my little sister Kristi and her hubby Chris
THIS one. .always the comedian. Jeremy's gifts included some antique shop stuff. .like a COOL motor oil can with a perfect paper label sporting an elaborate Indian Chief. .and this oil can with a rotating spigot. .that faintly resembles a beer bong. .Brendan was just checkin' the logistics of making that one work out!!
We spent two great evenings hanging out, sipping cocktails, eating WAY TOOOO much, and visiting. The kids played well and the fights were minimal! We used to play pitch. .and then moved on to different board games. .but NOW there are SOOO many kids. .and the interuptions are so frequent, that we have nearly given up. .I will be excited if we ever get to that game playing stage of life again. We can play a mean game of balderdash or scattegories!! And it gets pretty crazy!
And while these two love nothing more than for all their kids to be in one place at the same time. .
This is how they looked when everyone went home!!