Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas! Family!

Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas! Owen actually took his sweet time waking up, since we got back so late from Auntie Donna's...he was tired I guess. When he finally woke-up, he was kinda hoping that he was the last one because then he could totally focus on opening presents instead of looking at everyone elses'. Santa and our friends and family were exceedingly good to us. Adorable clothes, I really loved the selection of play-phones and smart-phones...(and Grandma's new necklace). I am sooo ready for my teen years. We spent the morning opening presents,playing with everything, eating a leisurely breakfast and finally getting our act together to head to Tulare to visit with Grandma Mary and all of the rest of my wonderful family. We arrived for a late lunch and loads of play-time. I got to meet my Uncle Derek, Auntie Debbie, Kellen and baby Colin as well as see my Great-Uncles (Andy, Steve, Geary, Mark) and Great-Aunties (Gigi, Geralyne, Kathy) and even more cousins (Jordan, Brittany, Sarah and Eric). We played some fun games, ate great Chippino (Thank you Uncle Geary... it was sooo good), all in all had a really wonderful Christmas afternoon. It was so much fun and I got so much attention. The older boys played really well together, and spent much of their time playing camping outside, or trying not to spew striped jello all over Uncle Brian or hiding out in the back rooms or learning hula-hooping in the living room. Colin and I had some quality pack-n-play time (he generously shared loads of his cheerios). I loved playing with Great-Grandma Mary and all of my aunties and uncles! We had a great time opening presents, and most of all spending time with family... which really is what makes Christmas so very very special. I love all of you!

The day after Christmas, the family fun continued with a visit from Great-Auntie Gigi, G'-Auntie Geralyne, G'-Uncle Mark, Auntie Debbie, Uncle Derek, Colin and Kellen!
They came out to Fresno and we had a great time practicing hula-hooping (Mom and Dad figured out how to make them this year, and boy-oh-boy have they gone to town gifting them to all the kids... if you haven't noticed). Everyone gave it a go (hmmm, except uncle Mark I think).
Some were naturals,
others did pretty well, and the rest,
well, need to practice but really gave it a good shot,
and got better even over the short time at our house.
Otherwise, the boys played in Owen's rolly tube
and had a great time.

Colin and I had some quality time with the polar bear
and the beautiful day,
dogs that have more-or-less mellowed at the end of this week
beautiful sunshine and being held by all of the aunties.

We all enjoyed tamales and oranges and mostly the quality family time with our NY and SF family.

We miss you guys so much and really treasure any time we can spend together. On a side note... do you know how hard it is to get a good picture with everyone facing the same direction... it may not be possible :)

We wish everyone a very happy holiday, that you spent it with people you love, that you had as blessed of a year as we did. Thanks for reading along!

1 comment:

Emily said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Amy, Brian, Owen, and Grace!