Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Eve Part 2

When we woke up on the morning of Christmas Eve, Moe was waiting with a goodbye letter for the family. It was sad parting with our little friend, but he promised to come back next year, and he left the girls some reindeer food to throw out later that night. :) 

Our day started in the early afternoon, so we got spiffied up and ready to go to great grandma and grandpa Robert's house.

(Reagan knows better than to trust Gracie standing behind him, haha.)

The girls decided they needed to smother their brother in kisses. No, I didn't tell them to do it. :)

Eric mentioned recently that we haven't been getting enough pictures of our baby boy, but I'm pretty sure after the holidays we will have plenty!

 We were among the first to arrive at grandma and grandpa's house, but the kids never have any problems keeping themselves entertained. Grace spent the first hour or so playing with toys and Evie occupied herself by swiping lots of vegetables from the table. Pretty sure the kid made ten plates that day. :)

I told Evelyn to say cheese....

Nice. :)

Cousins arrived and soon the rest of the day was just complete pandemonium. It was loud and crazy - the holidays of my very own childhood. 

Hehe, little Lilly is so cute. It's been a long time since her pretty face has been on this blog!

Soon it was announced that we were going to let the kids start looking in their stockings and opening presents. You can see how Evelyn felt about that....

Great grandma Robert had really neat cards for the kids in their stockings that moved and played music. They were occupied for quite a while with just a few peices of cardstock...who needs toys? Haha.

I have a ton of pictures of kids opening presents after this, but apparently I didn't upload them here. That's okay - just picture lots of paper flying and the entire floor covered with toys, haha. Once again, our girls were blessed with many fabulous gifts, and we are so thankful to our family for loving our babies.

^ Reagan spent most of the holidays like this. Either sleeping or looking like he was ready for nap. "Wake me up when the madness is over." Haha.

Doctor kits were a huge hit this year!

^ Ha! This picture cracks me up every time I see it. Uncle Bruce is getting a shot in the head. :)

Austin LOVES Mickey mouse. He got lots of Mickey gifts this year! 

Some of you may have noticed one of our family members that is missing from all of the holiday photos this year. I haven't mentioned it here yet, but now I think I can share that our beautiful niece Tessa was diagnosed with Wilms' disease the day before Thanksgiving. This means that she has tumors on her kidneys, and she has been undergoing chemo treatments to shrink them. We have been praying for her full recovery since the moment we received this news, and I know that Tessa's mom and dad would appreciate your prayers, too! We have missed seeing Tessa's pretty face at family gatherings, but we just want her to get better as soon as possible so that she can join us for the fun once again! We love her so very much.

This next picture is hilarious, and I didn't even mean for it to be. :) I was trying to take a picture of the kids playing doctor with aunt Amy, but in the foreground you'll see Grace trying to BITE her grandpa. (Okay, so THAT'S not funny, haha.) You see, at the Robert family Christmas one thing you can always count on is holiday slush, a yummy concentrated drink mixed with 7-up. Gracie discovered slush this year, and I think she had about twenty cups of it. At one point, I caught Grace in the freezer with a spoon helping herself to the frozen mix, haha. She was addicted

So here you see grandpa Greg trying to take her slush cup away, and well....

...yeah. Don't mess with Grace's slush!

We had a wonderful time, as usual, sharing Christmas with the Robert family. We had another stop to make that evening, so at 6:00pm we packed up and headed to my grandparent's house across town. There are even more cousins there and even less space, haha. It's always nuts, and I never seem to have time to snap pictures. One of these days we'll document a Linnertz family Christmas!

My grandma has about a million grandchildren (or maybe half that) and she gets each and every one a small gift every year. We so appreciate that, so thank you grandma! We enjoyed a yummy taco dinner and the girls had a blast running around with their cousins before we finally walked back through our own door that night. Once the kids had finally wound down and drifted to sleep, Eric and I got to work!

Well...I got to work, Eric fell asleep on the couch. :)

We set up the tripod in preparation for the next morning and went to bed ourselves.


Did the kids have a great Christmas morning? Well of course. :) I'm not sure if I'll be able to update tomorrow or Monday, but Christmas day is up next! Have a great day, friends.


sblind2 said...

LOVE that picture -Bahaha
Where did those oranments come from? they are adorable!!

Adrien said...

Those were a gift from Eric's cousin Amanda - I think they came from!

Cassie said...

this is too funny!!

stella got a doctor's set too and oh my goodness it was a huge hit!

Christine Pettijohn said...

Love all the photos of your kids. So cute! Looks like Christmas's are crazy also.


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