Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Blessed with Family

     Many times we feel like we are spending the holidays house hopping, but we often forget to be thankful for it.  It's because we are blessed with these huge families that we get to go from house to house, seeing everyone and being together.  Our Christmas officially began last Friday.  Jeremy's dad (Jerry) and his wife (Debbie) came up from Montgomery to spend the night with us.  It was a short visit, but we were glad to get to see them for Christmas.

     Also that evening we had Christmas at Anita's house with Jeremy's side of the family.  We are very fortunate that all of them live close by, so we always enjoy this time.  Jeremy's aunt Kristi played a game with the kids.  They all sat in a circle with a wrapped gift, and as she read the story they had to listen for her to say "right" or "left" and pass their gift accordingly.  They had a great time with this.  The kids had drawn names, so they exchanged gifts.  The adults played Dirty Santa this year, and it was so much fun.  And there was so much food we could have all eaten twice!  Jeremy's Memaw's world famous hash brown casserole was there.  Okay, so maybe it's only famous in our world, but that's the one that matters most, right?  There was ham, chicken, chips and cheese dip, beans, pigs in a blanket, pizza crescents, and tons of desserts.  We always have a great time at Anita's, and we had to wrestle the kids into the car when it was time to go.  They are never ready to go!

Devan and Everett

Lots of cousins = Lots of fun

Jackson and Parker with Meme

     Saturday was Christmas Eve, and it was busy and fun.  We had breakfast with Jerry and Debbie, then opened presents with them.  While they watched Elf, I had to make a run to Wal Mart.  How I always end up at Wal Mart on Christmas Eve is beyond me, but there I was as usual.  Jerry told us that he had never seen Elf, which we considered a crime against Christmas.  This is one of our very favorite movies and we can be found watching it anytime of year!  We said our goodbyes to them around noon, and headed down the street to Pop and Nana's for lunch.  My grandparents on my dad's side were here from Hamilton and we all grilled hamburgers and gave them their gifts.  Only in Alabama will you find folks grilling burgers on Christmas Eve!  We spent a few hours there, then headed home for a little down time before our big night of cooking that evening.  I have already posted about our Christmas Eve fun, so I won't repeat it here.  After we were all exhausted from our night, we went home and put on our pj's.  We set out our cookies for Santa and sprinkled reindeer food on the lawn.  Then we all settled in and anticipated tomorrow.

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