oh, goodness. i know what you're thinking. what another christmas post? we're almost to mid January!
i know, i know. but after a couple weeks of being out of town and a week of blowing my nose and coughing, i fell a little bit behind on everything. either way some of these pictures are some of my favorite from my trip home, that i found myself laughing over some of the memories that came along with them.
and seriously, if some of these pictures don't bring a smile to your face, you must be the grinch himself with a heart three sizes too small. plus most of you are probably suffering from cabin fever or post-holiday depression that christmas pictures never hurt anybody.
but for Ashley's sake, that was like a 5 second shot and then Lux was totally back to normally, giggling and grinning really big like everybody else. we just liked to give Auntie Ash a hard time about that puckered lip.
and with all the Christmas entertainment filling the house, some of us are in the kitchen prepping dishes for the Christmas eve feast. with all of us in the kitchen, it's a little chaotic but always fun - pushing each other with elbows and giggling over stupid things.
and then when we eat, we are normally starving at this point and we devour. we always make extra so that we can nibble on the leftovers on Christmas day. after everybody is stuffed, Dad brings out the Bible to read the Christmas story. this year he gave Kristine's Ryan the privilege and then Dad closed it off in prayer.
and then midnight strikes.
the table is cleared. everybody makes their way to the living room. somebody sets up the tripod (we have home videos for years and years - they really are so much fun to watch later on. we end up crying laughing every time). mom sets herself closest to the tree as she has always distributed everybody their gifts. and then the fun begins! with more of us home this year, it meant more presents to exchange so the living room was quick to be covered in wrapping paper and bows (the dogs, peyton and alexio loved this!) and it also us longer to open presents.
after presents and hugs and "THANK YOU'S" are exchanged, we clean up the living room and pull out the mattresses from the bedrooms. camp out! we also put in a Home Alone and some people "play" with their new toys while others watch the movie and drift off to sleep. the only lights left on are the Christmas tree's and i've always found it so magical and comforting.
we can reflect. we can be with family again. we can eat till we are stuffed silly. we can be kids again, giddy over the little things.
one day a year and it's one of the best days ever.