Thursday, January 8, 2009

Christmas Time Brings...


Homemade goodies (one's that usually look better than this, but I guess you could say that I am a "good enough" kind of gal. I didn't have any food coloring, or Christmas cookie cutters, so I used white frosting and a cup to make it work).

Christmas Parties AKA White Elephant exchanges. I had the perfect gift for all of my Mona Vie friends...A XANGO shower curtain. What made this even more entertaining and fulfilling for me, is that all of the couples were fighting over my gift (of course when it was still wrapped. No one had a clue what it was.) Don't you love the Mona Vie bottle being held up in front of the curtain. They were good sports.

Pies. My specialty...or at least I like to think so. But remember how I said that I am a "good enough" kind of gal? Well, notice the lattice with the crust. Notice how it's all over the place. The pie still tasted pretty dang good though!

Huge Christmas Eve Dinner with the WHOLE entire family (there were 19 people staying under the roof of my parents house. Mom and Dad, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 sister in laws, 2 brother in laws, 4 nephews and 3 nieces). Yes, at times things got a little on the crazy side for example, when 2 year old niece pushed almost 2 year old nephew, or when 2 year old nephew bit two year old niece, or when 2 year old niece and 2 year old nephew ganged up on the 1 year old nephew.

The Kids Table. Do you remember the days when YOU had to sit at the kids table? Remember how fulfilling it was when you graduated to the adult table?

Excited kids that have way too much sugar swimming in their bloodstream. Can ya blame them though? I mean, donuts for breakfast, a candy cane or two off of the tree, Sees Chocolates, fudge, cookies, etc...

Matching Pajamas. My sister Julie is the coolest. She thought it would be cool to make all the kids matching bottoms. With the help of my sister in law Lisa and my mom, they tackled the task in a few short hours. The kids LOVED them.


BABIES...not ours. Don't worry. Little Maggie is adorable and I loved holding her. Im not gonna lie though, my arms got really tired after two hours. Good practice though eh? She has the cutest laugh. Good job Doug and Jenny!! :)

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Christmas programs. This was the "Pre program" if there is such a thing, and shortly after this video, I ran out of memory space. No more pictures after this. You might as well close out of here now cause I know that is why all of you look at my blog!! Kiddin. The program was really special though. My brother-in-law read Luke 2 while my brother played some soft Christmas music in the background (ok, that was my dad's request. Slightly cheesy. Love you Dad). My nieces have beautiful voices like thier mom and they both sang. Little Audrey (5) sang "Where Are You Christmas," and "Part of Your World" (I know, not really Christmas, but Disney. Close enough). It was very touching. And Dana sang a Child's prayer with Jenna her mom. So cute.

While in California (if you have not guessed already, Scott and I spent Christmas in California) Scott's parents were generous enough to let us borrow their car, so we could spend time with both fams. Some highlights in Benicia (since I don't have any pictures..sniff) were playing tennis with Patrick and Andrew (Nephews), holding my adorable neice Maggie, and going to the Warriors VS Raptors game in Oakland. Thanks to both families for making the holidays a very memorable experience for Scott and I. We are truly blessed to come from such good, strong families. I could not ask for anything better!
Hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas.

7 comments:

Lisa K said...

That sounds like a fun Christmas!!

J Fo said...

What a fun Christmas. I bet it was so nice to be able to get out and see both sides of the family. I'm kind of jealous!

julz said...

So sad it is over, and kind of embarrassed about being the mother to the 2 year old niece with all of the social issues. J/K!! What a fun break!! I miss you guys!

julz said...

oh, and Anna keeps saying I miss ant lynee, I want to see her next week! Hopefully when you have your own kids you'll still be such a cool aunt

honus and Cameron said...

seriously... GIME GIME GIME THE RECIPE TO THOSE ROLLS... WHO MADE THEM.. THEY LOOK SO FLUFFY AND TASTY

emily said...

that looks great! merry (late) christmas.

Dents said...

I bet this will become a Christmas to remember!