Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Eve

Sharing family photos from Christmas Eve. I always post these photos for my far away family and friends... no paper crafting projects here... just my peeps! lol
But , they're cute "peeps" aren't they? lol

It was a perfect Christmas Eve. The kids were as cute as ever, lots of yummy stuff and lots of laughs.

Those frosted cookies , are my moms sour cream cookies. She has been making those for as long as I can remember. She spoils us.

Oh.. it's so fun to have the little ones around. They entertained us all night. lol

Grandma and Neely.

Grandma, and her new "Tilly and the Wall" Sweat Shirt.

Griff, taken in the good stuff!

Jayvier, was pretty excited about opening gifts.

Neely's new cute little hat.

We loved seeing Gayle and Andrew!

Nathaniel and Kirstyn play Jarads Guitar Hero.

and she was having a ball!

I had planned some silly games for us to play. Everyone was such good sports... it was a hoot.

The gift in
the box was
wrapped in
lots of layers.
They has to open
a layer and pass
it on to the next

wearing the gloves,
hat and scarf!

Everyone is showing off their Christmas trees??? lol

????? Christmas trees???

The game was... everyone got one piece of green construction paper, and they had to (behind their backs).. do their best to tear out a Christmas tree shape.

If anyone has walked in , they would have wondered, what in the world , we were doing. lol

There was also a trivia game. We broke up into two groups. They are a competitive

This was another game , were they had to have a pardner and draw what I was describing, (without looking). The pictures were hilarious!
One of the most fun things we did, was watch some "old school" family Christmas Videos. Jarad brought his big projector, so that we could play the videos on the wall (big). Keith brought some he had put on discs, from his old reel to reel movie camera. Movies from about 35+ years ago. I had some from about 20 years ago. We LAUGHED so hard! ( and cried a bit too)
It was such a fun thing to do together.
As our family grew over the years, we realized it was just too much for any ones home, so we decided if we wanted to continue to all get together, we would need to rent a building for holidays. It was hard at first, because no place feels quite like home..but you know what? It's not the place that matters at all. It's just being with the people you love. It's totally the "norm" now. We're just so thankful to be together!

Everyone just chips in and it goes off without a hitch.
Yesterday, we had mom , and Brent, Diana and Nathaniel out here, to spend Christmas Day with us. We had such a fun and relaxing day! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Thanks for letting me share a little bit of mine with you!


HB said...

What a BLAST you all must have had! I love big families get-togethers! Thanks for sharing your fun with us!!!

MJ said...

Looks like you and your family made and shared lots of memories! Glad you had such a lovely day! Happy rest-filled and memory-making days ahead!

Shawn said...

Love all your pictures, those games look fun :) Thank you for the cute xmas card and glad to hear you had a good christmas!

Deb S. said...

oh vic, thanks for sharing all the great family photos!! i know you had a wonderful time!

Angie said...

Vicki it looks like such fun, I will be adding some of these games to our family get toghters, thanks for sharing.

stampqueen said...

Awsome pics - I love big family get togethers, have to convince the clan to come south for Xmas one year - either that or convince the DH to go north ( my brother has offered the cabins at his place but we haven't been that brave yet - he is 5 miles off the plowed road in the winter up in the mountains in wyoming).

Helle Greer said...

Looks like a wonderful Christmas Eve.
it makes me miss all my family in Denmark when I see all of you together.
Glad you had a great Christmas we did too.
Wishing you a wonderful New Year, and looking forward to see you again at CHA.

KimmyS said...

Happy Holidays!!! And yours sure looked like fun. I love what you do as a family. Thanks so much for sharig

Sharon in NE said...

Your family is proof, no matter what the age, everyone is a kid at Christmas. Loved seeing your celebration!!

Country Liv . . . said...

I'm so glad you post your personal pix on here! I enjoy your all American family gatherings! Maybe you should start video taping the group and sell them as "how to have a great family gathering, etc. . . ." Just wonderful! TFS!

sheila said...

Thanks so much for sharing your personal pictures of Christmas Eve. They really made me smile and remember years ago when we had a big family and did get togethers. Oh, how I miss it. We would have had a blast playing those games. You pictures came out wonderful. Now you'll have to start scrapbooking. LOL

Paper Propaganda said...

the cookies looks amazingly yummy!!! and Neely's hat looks so cute!! I love it!