Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve

We ventured out to Newhall for the yearly Christmas Eve gathering.  The roads were alright, although pretty snow covered, just love Iowa ;)  We were fortunate enough to have ALL of our immediate family to celebrate with, all 24 of us :)  It was a great, crazy night filled with yummy food and lots of laughter.

Bella had a BLAST with all of her cousins, my niece Ashlee was able to be there with her son Elijah.  Elijah will be one in January and he already weighs more than Bella, he is such a sweet boy and he had a lot of fun.  The girls had a great time with their usual squealing and make believe games :)  Tanner was content and slept most of the time, although I was lucky enough to get some shots of him with his eyes open, he is already 12 pounds and getting so big!!

It's been great having Missy and Ed home, it wouldn't have been Christmas without them.  Matt and Leah had some exciting news, they are engaged!!  I noticed Leah's nails and then all of the sudden realized she had a giant diamond on her left hand, yay :)  We started off with a dual table Risk tournament and kind of gave up on that (it's hard to do when you have to try to lay a 2 year old down at 11pm!!).  But John, Larry, Ed and Casey did play the annual game (I wimped out because I was too tired :(), and Larry Allen won.  We did enjoy a game of Trivial Pursuit this morning though!

Bells had a great time playing with the girls and she loved her foo-foo dress that Aunt Laura was able to get for her :)

The boys did their annual shot of whiskey in honor of our Grandpa Schmitz, we love you Grandpa.

Here are a few pictures I had some fun with.  Christmas Eve has always been my favorite holiday of the year, I love being with family and watching the kids have so much fun!  I'm sad it's over, but it was a blast :)

1 comment:

stephaniezamora said...

24! Wow and I thought our 3 christmas' was a lot. you and your family look beautiful.