On Christmas Eve we headed to my grandparents house to celebrate Christmas with my mom's side of the family. We were glad that all 4 of us were able to attend. I was barely over my bout with the virus and Ansley was still pooping through all of her clothes all day long, but alas, we celebrated.
This was her in outfit number 1. She loved saying "ho ho ho" and finding ornaments on the tree this year.
I tried to get a good picture, but that girl was squirmy...
Christmas dinner at my grandmother's house is one of my favorite meals of the year. Granddaddy's beef tenderloin was probably his best ever this year. I did not partake in my favorite peppermint parfait because of lingering queasiness, but everything else was so good. Look what little girl got to sit at the kids' table this year. They are all getting so big!
My big girl could hardly contain her excitement. This year truly captured the magic of Christmas for kids.
We used to play gift card Dirty Santa, but this year we each brought something that was special to us and read a story where we passed gifts to the left and the right until the story ended. Whatever gift you had at the end of the story was the one you kept. It was an interesting change. Aunt J and Grandmama were sweet to get the kiddos some gifts. Here they are opening them.
This last one makes me laugh. My baby HATES baby dolls. She makes mean faces at them and throws them. If I hold one to "comfort" it, she gets jealous and hits it... This one moment captures her actually smiling at her baby doll. She promptly threw it about 2.5 seconds later.
Here are some pics of other family members:
Our annual cousin shot:
Can't believe they sat long enough to catch these:
Finally a better one with my baby girl: