Oh my goodness!
Andrew and I declared this the best Christmas ever :).
Family, food, games, prizes, three kids, pajamas all day and the Pie Face game…really, it can’t get more merry than that!
Here are a gazillion pictures from our Christmas. I hope yours was wonderful too!
On Tuesday night, we went to Highland Park and enjoyed dinner and lights.
It doesn’t get more festive than Highland Park over the holidays.
On Wednesday night, we had our annual Christmas Eve Eve celebration in Southlake with my parents, Catherine and Sean. Love my family.
These six :).
And then on Christmas Eve, it was our year to host, so at 2:00 my side of the family showed up for games, food, fun and presents.
We love playing games! First up, Heads Up!
We played girls verses boys. The girls won by one point.
Smith wasn’t feeling well on Christmas Eve, so he hung out with Papa Jay instead of playing with the girls (there are 4 girls and one boy in our family).
The “act it out” category is our favorite!
Okay, so after a while, we couldn’t find Smith. I didn’t panic at first because my kids have never opened a door and gone outside without asking first, so I assumed he was in the house. So Andrew started looking…and then my dad started…and then Brandon started…and then Bryan…and then Sean…and Austin and then, we were all looking and shouting his name but we could not find him anywhere. And then…
…we found him sound asleep under the dining room table. What in the world?! There were over 20 of us running around shouting his name and he was sleeping on the chairs the entire time. I mean…this kid is a mess! He didn’t feel well the entire day, and I told him not to go in his room because that’s where Sean and Catherine were staying, so I guess he thought the next best place to nap was here?!
My cousin Brooke 🙂
I love this picture. My people all playing games and enjoying Christmas Eve. I’m in the background talking to Ken (my Grandmother’s hubby a.k.a. Papaw to my kids)…so much love.
The parents-to-be assembled some baby toys for practice ;).
My dad photobombed Austin and Brooke.
Chaos and Catherine 😉
We played Andrea’s 12 Games of Christmas and it was so much fun!
My parents in their festive tees ;).
We may look serious…
…but that’s because we like to kick butt when we play games!
Getting four girls to look at the camera and smile is pretty much impossible. Kensington (7), Paisley (5), Ashby (3), Penley (1).
Sean gave Smith Pie Face…and it backfired on him!
We had so much fun playing this game!
My grandmother is such a good sport :)!
Some people went home that night, some people stayed the night. Here are my three next to their cookies and milk for Santa.
And then the next morning…she got her car…and that’s all she needed. This girl was SO HAPPY!
I love how they dressed for the occasion :).
Sean and Catherine gave him this straw, which of course, he needed to try out with breakfast!
They snuggled for a minute before we resumed present opening.
Her first Christmas was a hit!
Loved my paper from Sean and Catherine :).
Kensington made me two ornaments at school and had them wrapped under the tree for me.
Oh no! A fox ate Ashby!
And because we love to inflict pain on each other…round two of Pie Face on Christmas Day.
Around 3:30, everyone left and then my family of five watched Christmas movies and ate tacos. It was the perfect way to end our Christmas.
Now, I feel like I should say this. We had a great Christmas and feel very blessed. That being said, like so many of you out there, our family has had our share of hard Christmases too. Divorce, cancer, death…these things have all marked our family. For those of you who had a rough week last week, I’m so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and going into 2016. Christmas brings out the most joy or the most sorrow in our lives.
I’m thankful for these people I call my family…who I’ve experienced both the joy and the sorrow with through the years. I love them all so much.
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