Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas in Holliday... Again :)

On Thursday morning, Chris and Crockett went to Holliday. Chris had some business to take care of, so naturally, he took his business partner :) Crockett was a little hesitant to leave momma this time, which is unusual, but I was coming to Holliday the next day, so he was ok. Chris kept him busy. Brenda even took them all on a carriage ride. Crockett thought that was AWESOME! On Friday morning, Bowen and I packed up and got ready to leave. I had to get an oil change before I left.... BIG MISTAKE. Bowen was crying before we even got out of the city limits. He took a 30 or 45 minute nap, but cried the rest of the way. This mommas' nerves were beyond frayed by the time we got to Holliday. But at least we made it. This year, instead of having Christmas at Elwanda's house, we went to the Holliday Community Center. The family has grown SO much and there are so many rowdy little kiddos who love to run around and play, so it worked out really well to have lots of room. The kids played on all their cars and Chad and Sara got Crockett a plasma car like Rich's, so they rode in circles all night. They had a BLAST! He also loved the box it came in! It was his 'rocket ship'. What an imagination Crockett has :) The babies all got to play together for the first time. Bella, Bowen and Wes are all so close in age. They will have so much fun together in the years to come. The traditional opening of the packages was fun and crazy, as always! Everyone opens 1 gift by themselves, in order from youngest to oldest, and then everyone opens everything else. It is quite chaotic but the kids love it!   All the kids made out like bandits... we have toys coming out our ears :) After the gifts, we took lots of pictures. How often do this many people get together!?! We were only missing 2, Kelly and Grandpa Steve. Maybe they will be here next year. We sure did miss seeing them, though! After tons of pictures, all the men got up and decided it was time to eat. We had a yummy homecooked Christmas dinner. Just when it was time to eat, Bowen decided he had enough. He was SO tired. He had that short nap in the car and wouldn't sleep at all after that. His eyes were red and it was easy to tell he was miserable. It was a really great evening and weekend. We had so much fun seeing everyone and getting to celebrate Christmas with all of the family. We treasure these memories together.

It has been a LONG Christmas. It all began over a week ago. But we are SO thankful to have been able to spend time with everyone in our family. We are blessed to have so many people to celebrate and make memories with. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

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