Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Chaos

All 13 grandkids.  I had a hard time getting a picture where all 13 of them were smiling and looking....despite Grandpa's silly antics behind me.

 Scott, Jeremy, Dad and Spencer (missing Bryan and Ryan)
Dad with the sons he may not have raised but that are just as dear to him now as if he had.

Lilian, Abby and Ally opening up their gifts from the grandparents...
I'm especially liking the animated look on Julianne's face as she responds to and tries to match Lilian's excitement.  "Oh wow!!  Rain boots!!"  (And Brandon's equally bored face...)

 Joyful Christmas chaos....from both sides of the room.

 Beautiful Mommy...  seriously, I have the best Mom EVER!

 Mary and Melissa...awwww.  
Mary's husband Ryan is a basketball coach at a high school in Idaho and, unfortunately, for us...he had a game on party evening.  Mary said she would drive down on her own with the kids...but only if there was no snow.  So as much as I wish for, hope for and crave a white Christmas, this year I was praying for the opposite so we could have Mary and her and her kiddos with us.

Bryan and Scott made themselves comfortable at the beginning of the evening and then didn't budge the rest of the night.  

Spencer and Rachel flew into town from Atlanta where they are living while Spencer is in pharmacy school, to celebrate with us.  We've SO missed them!  I especially enjoyed talking with Spencer who I've never felt that I got to know very well since he and Rachel have lived out of town ever since their wedding 4 years ago.  I have to say that he is pretty cool!  And makes an awesome and welcome addition to our family.

Brandon and Grandpa discussing gymnastics skills and the periodic table of elements....Brandon's two very favorite topics.


Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply...  ~Jane Austen

More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you've been bad and good.  ~Linda Sunshine

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