Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Christmas Day 2016

(As always these days--working on catching up...)

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25
 We woke up on Christmas morning at J's parents' house.  The little people were so excited!

They opened so many fun gifts!  (And they've spent this past month playing with them.)

After opening presents Beza read to Grammy Miller.

Then after cousins arrived, we gave Pop his big gift--tickets for Nana and him to go to the Rose Bowl!

Later we opened our stockings.

We had a huge Christmas dinner and then we visited J's grandparents.

The next day we loaded up all of the amazing gifts into our van (I think vans were especially made for such trips) and after playing for a little while,

We headed for home in the freezing rain.

Home sweet home.
(Where they played "20 Questions" with Alexa.)

It was a fun (and healthy--phew!) Christmas. :)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Christmas Eve 2016

On Friday, December 23 we traveled to PA to be with our families for Christmas.

It was a gray, frosty day.

The whole way they listened to the things they had recorded on their new "microphones" the day before.

After dinner I met my dad and two of my sisters to walk around downtown.  My dad got to show us so many of the jobs that he's worked on over the past several years.  I LOVE that my dad likes to hang out with us.  (Even past his bedtime.) ;)

Christmas Eve
We spent the day with my family.
First, my parents performed some crazy funny songs that they wrote.  (My parents saw someone on a commercial with whipped cream on his face for a beard so my dad gave it a try--it didn't work quite like he imagined--but we got the effect.)

Then they went on a scavenger hunt we (my sisters and I) made for them.

We opened our presents

And then took our annual look-alike family photo.  (Ha--I think we're all starting to look more alike...)

Every year they make a giant batch of fruit salad--we're usually traveling to get there while they're making it, but this year we were there to join in.  (Serious business.)

My aunt and uncle heard that T is fascinated by metal detectors and they gave him theirs that they haven't been using.  He was (is) delighted!

My mom was scheduled to work that day, but got "on call" until after dinner, so she got to join us for sending up Chinese lanterns.
 (Merry Christmas, birds.)
 (Brothers.)

My dad and brother-in-law spent some time helping T build a scooper for his dog-clean-up job.

M, of course, found the cats.  (They were on top of the wood pile.)

Before we left there were a few fireworks.

Then we went back to Jason's parents' house and after all of the little people were in bed we sat around the Christmas Eve fire. :)

It was a sweet Christmas with my family.  Parents, sisters and cousins are the best.


Previous Christmases with Our Families (+Look-Alike Photos and Skits)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Christmas House Tour 2016

A peek inside our house this Christmas:
(Because this is the backdrop of our memories.)

In their spaces...

Outside:

A few notes:
1.  One of those creatures does not belong on the couch.  Hint: It's the big one.
2.  They played with the nativities (tucked away in the cream baskets with the white fluffy jingle bell dog on top) for a good week when we first got out the decorations.  King Herod was played by an angry snowball and two unpainted nutcrackers were his jester assistants.
3.  We love M's spelling.  (We're pretty convinced that someday she'll ironically be an editor.)
4.  The lighting hides all of the pet fur and cropping cut out all of the dog gates. :)
5.  Most of these pictures were taken after Christmas


A Look Back: