Wednesday, January 4, 2012

More Christmas...

I've got a few more Christmas pictures to share.
We had to cancel our party on Bob's side because most of the family was sick, so we ended up just going out with Bob's Mom and his stepdad, Rog. We had a really nice night, but I didn't take any pictures.
On Christmas Day we had my family over. I have 2 sisters and one brother. They were all with us, except Andy of course. It's a big group - 19 for dinner!


We line up tables in our family room downstairs, so we can all eat together.




Arianna, Halle and Shaelyn opening their presents from Grandpa. They each got a soft, fuzzy robe!



A dress I got for Alaina. She needs to grow into it - it's a size 2, but isn't it cute?



My Dad and Ann opening a box of goodies.


Our family has a tradition of Santa letters. "Santa" sends out letters to those who've been a little naughty during the year. It's always brings on lots of laughs!
This year, Santa was quite busy writing letters. There were 5 in all, but I'll share 2 of them with you.

I got a letter thanking me for hosting the Christmas gathering, in spite of having to deal with my husband. :) I got this beautiful necklace as a thank you!
The funny thing about this is that Bob thought it was hilarious that I got a letter and he decided to read it out loud, not knowing that the letter was actually teasing him. My sisters who were the writers of the letter, about died laughing as he read it!


There was another letter sent to my sisters and me. It praised our Dad for "persevering" in raising us, as we were so hard to deal with. It also gave big Kudos to our brother for surviving all these years with 3 sisters. You can see him above with his award ribbon. We had to give our husbands a standing ovation because they also have to deal with the 3 sisters. Last but not least was pictures of all of our kids so we could look at them and think about the wonderful people in our lives!
This Santa letter was written by our kids and produced lots more laughter!




At the end of the day, we took a minute to get a quick 4 generation picture.
Me, Dad, Alaina, Laura

It was a wonderful day!

16 comments:

chezzy louise said...

I have to say, Santa did great witht the letters this year, it was pretty funny. It was a great day, with lots of fun.

Nancy said...

Santa letters, what a neat idea....You obviously have a big and loving family who love getting together and making memories.....

Love looking at all the pictures....

Justabeachkat said...

What wonderful memories! You are so lucky to still have your Dad. I love the 4 generation photo. You look so pretty in green.

Big hugs,
Kat

Darla said...

sounds like fun! i love the style of glasses you are wearing here. very nice!

Susan said...

Love the long table and all of you together. We did that but had only 11 at ours. Alaina will be in that dress before you know it!! Love the idea of the Santa letters. The picture of the 4 generations is PRICELESS!!!!

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow that must have been a loooooooooong table!

How lovely to have all your family around you like that, and that you captured everyone on camera too. I really like the last shot. :)

Brooke said...

i love the idea of santa writing letters to the naughty ones! although in my family that might be too much writing for one jolly old man ;)

Sharon said...

What a cute idea on the Santa Letters.It looks like you had a wonderful time with your family.
What a beautiful 4 generation photo.
That little dress is adorable and she will be in it real soon.
Hugs

Sadie said...

Looks like a great time with some great laughs! Love the generation photo!

Sylvia said...

The Santa letters sound such fun. Love all the family being together. We are all together tonight for our son Tim's 40th birthday!

RR Mama said...

I'm so glad you were able to have your family come over. I love those types of memories. And I love love love the dress you got for Alaina. So cute!

Connie said...

I emjpyed looking at your pictures. I loved the 4 generation one. And the dress for your little one is precious.

Shelly said...

Sounds like a wonderful, fun get together! You guys have some very creative ideas.

Pat said...

How wonderful! What a great family and way of celebrating together.
You have wonderful traditions.

Jenny the Pirate said...

Awww, what good times and great memories. But girl, buy Alaina something that fits her so she can model it right away!!! Bwaaahaha, I warn you, don't go near the Easter dresses in a few months unless you fully intend to buy her one! I go bonkers on Melly and Lissy's Easter dresses.

My mom insisted on a four-generation picture too! It had her, me, Stephanie, Melanie, Allissa, and of course little ???? due in February!

Musicaljean said...

Fun, fun, fun!! I can tell you and your sisters are a handful when you're together! I just love this four-generation picture.