Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016, Part 3

Late Christmas afternoon, we drove to the city to have Christmas celebrations with Steve's family. All of the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were there. There is a 26 year span between the oldest and youngest grandchild (Rachel being the youngest), so the older cousins are now in their 30's and starting families of their own. This year there were THREE great-granddaughters:

9 month old Avery
and 2 1/2 month old twins Gretchen, who looks just like her daddy, and Bridget, who looks exactly like her mama as a baby.
With three babies around, we pretty much gave up all pretense of visiting with adults and just watched, admired, and played with babies!


Katherine was fairly confident in her baby holding skills. Cousin Bethanne, not so much!



Sweet little babies!

We'd been up to meet the twins earlier in the week. They live far away, so we know we won't see them often. That day, Gretchen was either crying or sleeping on her daddy the whole time, but we got to hold little Bridget.

On Christmas, Gretchen was much happier and for a while, wide awake.


All 24 of us gathered around for present opening and lots of teasing and jokes.




Since all three babies were awake and happy, their parents decided to attempt a group Christmas picture. The outtakes were as much fun as the good shots!






It was wonderful to see all of our family on Christmas Day!

We finally headed home late in the evening. Rachel insisted on trying out her new remote controlled car before she went to bed.
This morning, she was back playing with the car within seconds of waking. Steve even set up a ramp in the living room made of leftover boxes!
We plan to spend all of today reading our new books, listening to our new music, and playing with our new toys. Christmas was fun and the day after is, too.

Christmas 2016, Part 2

After church, we went to my parents for Christmas celebrations with my family.We feasted on lasagna and olive bread and my sister's homemade candies and then began the gift opening.

Two jars of cookie butter - Aunt Robie so understands my foodie child!
There was a BIG present under the tree with Rachel's name on it and she had been wild with excitement over it's possibilities for days, She was delighted to find her very own sewing machine inside!

The 14 year old cousin asked for a camera and Granny was more than happy to help with that!




Granny bought the girls mermaid pillows - pillows covered with colored sequins that change colors as you move your hand over them. They are quite mesmerizing and everyone took a turn playing with them!

Poppy had a gigantic gift...
It turned out to be a wheelbarrow/dolley/cart, which after assembled, proved to be a fun way to give rides.

There was a little time to play and work on a jigsaw puzzle and then it was time to leave to head over to the last party of the day.

Christmas 2016, Part 1

Christmas was long and busy this year, so I'll break our day down into three parts!

Every year the girls make a gift for each other. We started this when they were little and they always look forward to it. They open these gifts on Christmas Eve, after the services at church. This year, Katherine decorated a craft box for Rachel to put earrings in. Rae had been worrying about where to store her new earrings, so she was quite pleased with her gift.

Rachel had been asking Granny to teach her to sew, so her gift to Katherine was a pillowcase she'd sewn herself. Rae has been SO excited about this sewing project! Katherine was very appreciative of her new pillow. She even brought it out for present opening festivities in the morning.
We spent Christmas morning at home.

Santa brought Rachel a bird cage for her little chirping bird toys.
Santa also brought Katherine a new frying pan. And yes, this delighted her!
Since it was Sunday, we put on our new clothes and headed off to church before the next Christmas celebration.

I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters

Sisters

Sisters
Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way