Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Eve Part 1

Hello? Anybody out there? I don't know how many people will be back to blogging today, but we had a lot of Christmas over the long weekend, and if I don't start writing it all down I'll forget it, haha. I hope you all had a fabulous holiday! We certainly did. Our festivities aren't quite over yet - just one more family party on Saturday and then we will officially call Christmas done.

Eric has some extra and semi-unexpected time off, so we plan to have a week of family time as we continue through the holidays and as we say goodbye to Eric's great aunt Peggy. Thank you to all who have sent cards and kind words of encouragement our way. It really means a lot.

Well! Our first Christmas "Eve" gathering was actually on Saturday, but it felt like the real thing (and totally threw my brain off for a few days!) Because we have three young kids and Christmas is kind of insane with the amount of family we have, my side decided to choose a separate day to celebrate. I have to say, I'm a fan of this idea forevermore. We really enjoyed ourselves without having to rush out the door to go someplace else with kids who were way overstimulated.

We had to take some obligatory pictures in front of the tree before heading out for the evening. :)
First up was hambone Evie:

Don't have to ask that girl twice to jump in front of a camera!

And then there was cutie patootie Reagan:

It's okay if you just kissed the screen.
I understand. :)

And Grace was mysteriously missing from any photos because this was happening:


We had to wake her up from nap time. Haha. Enough said.

When we arrived at my parents house the kids were all amped up for a night of fun!

I'll spare you the dozens of blurry pictures I have of them making faces at the camera. They were cracking me up. Ah, to be a kid at Christmastime. I remember those excited feelings!

It was a long-standing tradition in my family to make homemade pizzas on Christmas Eve, but instead of going through all the trouble (cause it's a lot of work!) we called up good ole Pizza Hut instead. :) Fine with me! And after everyone ate their fill many of us gathered around for party games.

I had organized a little game the day before, and I knew it would be a hit because we played the same game with Eric's family several years before. Basically, there is a big box filled with paper bags labeled A-Z. Inside each sealed bag there is an item that begins with the letter on the bag, and your job is to figure out what is inside the bag without looking at it. The first person done with the most correct answers is the winner!

Not only is it a fun game to play, but it's just as much fun watching everyone else try to figure out what's inside those bags. :)

Eric loves any excuse to pick on my siblings, so when Shannon couldn't figure out one of the items he jumped on the chance to give her a hard time. (So did everyone else, haha.) It was the "A" bag, and there was nothing in it....

...except for "Air" of course. ;)

This is a great party game for different ages, because you don't have to know a lot of trivia or be good with words or anything like that. It's very straightforward. And yet some people are really good at guessing by feeling and others are really NOT, haha. It's definitely good for a laugh!

My brother ended up winning. Hooray! He won a bag a blow pops. Merry Christmas. :)

Soon it was time for gifts.

After everything Evelyn opened she said, "It's just what I always wanted!" Hehe, what a nut.

The girls got little stuffed horses, and we caught Gracie trying to ride hers. :D

Haha, so here's my dad receiving a gift from the kids. We got each of their grandpas a coffee mug with  their pictures on it. He said, "Oh, neat. Thank you." And moved on....

Ten minutes later we hear, "Oh! Is that Evelyn? And Grace? And Reagan?" Baha. My dad thought we gave him an "I love Grandpa" mug with random kid pictures on it. Here is an enlightened grandpa. I believe he liked the mug much more when he knew it was his own grandkids. :)

It seemed that we received a lot of gifts this year that were things we were intending to get ourselves or that we almost bought but didn't. I was so excited when Reagan got a mirror for the car. We had just been talking about getting one!

Finally, there was a very large present that had been sitting in my parent's living room for the entire month. I had no idea what it was, but I assumed it was a gag gift for one of my siblings. Nope! It ended up being a present for Eric and me from my parents.

Can you guess what it could be? I didn't have a clue, but it was something we really needed!

A freezer!
Thanks, mom and dad. :)

So we had a fun night of family and celebrating, and that was only the beginning. We are so thankful for the blessing of family to spend the holidays with! 

Before I "wrap" this one up (hehe, get it?) I have to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to my mother-in-law Joan. Our kids are super blessed to have amazing grandparents, and they really love their grandma. Eric and I think she is pretty swell, too. :)  We hope you have a great day today, Joan!

Alright, it's back to family time. Love these lazy days. Happy Wednesday!


Heather said...

Looks like a successful first Christmas night!!

Denny said...

Deep freezer! Awesome! lol. Shèngdàn kuàilè xīnnián kuàilè! (merry christmas and happy new year!)

Christine Pettijohn said...

I love our deep freezer! It is so nice to buy in bulk and freeze items instead of buying a little here and there.


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