Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

Christmas Eve was a very merry night.

We started - as we always do - with family portraits.  We do the family photos first because how else do you get your children to smile for pictures if you do not bribe them with pigs in blankets and sparkling cider?

We did our photo and then Elizabeth, Sean and Owen did theirs.

Owen is not allowed to eat Pigs in Blankets or Sparkling Cider, so that is why he is not smiling.

I also took a photo of my three children by themselves.  This is the official photo:

But this is how most of the the others turned out:

The Grandparents posed with the Grandkids:

And the Great Aunt posed with the Great Nieces and Nephews:

It is so lovely to put an "S" on the end of the Nephew part!

The Southerns posed in their finery as well:

.... and then we got down to business:

Appetizers and Alcohol.  I was planning on serving Blood Orange Martinis, but there were no Blood Oranges or Blood Orange Juice to be found.  We did Sour Apple Martinis instead.

My mother made Christmas Eve dinner, so I was able to focus on appetizers.

I made a spicy peanut dip and the aforementioned Pigs In Blankets.  

And while everyone ate, I took photos...

And Henry fine-tuned his photo-bombing skills:

The children also took time to bother their new uncle:

Two thirds of the Sisters Grimm posed for a photo:

and then we headed into the dining room for dinner.

Well, the adults headed into the dining room.

The children at a table in the hall:

Close enough... but not too close.

We played Pass The Baby for the entire holiday and did our best to amuse Owen:

It was so much fun having a baby to cuddle.  Owen has the best smiles and chatters non-stop to anyone who will listen.

We did have one surprise:

We ordered a wedding cake for Elizabeth and Sean.

It was gorgeous and I'm told it tasted wonderful, too.  Sigh.

(want to read more of my complaints about being lactose intolerant?  Visit my other blog by clicking here.)

Happy Wedding, Elizabeth & Sean!


We are all thrilled and happy and my children love saying that their uncles are John, Jon & Sean.  

After dinner, we gathered in the living room to open presents.

The kids got pillow cases with photos of Elizabeth & Sean's pets:

And rudolph noses, in case they were called upon to help Santa later that evening:

but the present that made our family laugh the most was Georgia's gift to Gordy.

A little back-story is needed - Georgia plays soccer on a club team and her coach always wears a pair of 3/4-length addidas pants.  Rain, shine, cold, warm... it doesn't matter.  It's always a good day to wear those 3/4-length pants.  

So Georgia (okay, it was me) decided that what was good enough for the coach, was good enough for Gordy.  

Gordy was obviously very pleased.

He modelled them that evening, but for some strange reason, hasn't put them back on since.

Hmmm.  :)

Georgia also got a funny flute shirt:

And Josie got a rainbow mohawk.

Twas the year of the funny headgear and the humorous gift.

We ended Christmas Eve a little later than usual and the children made it up to bed before Santa arrived.  

Christmas Part Two coming soon!

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