Christmas re-cap

We enjoyed our first Oregon Christmas this year, with lots of family time. Each day of the week before and after we had various family members coming or going! This post will be FULL of pictures of family. Therefore, if you don’t know these people, it will be boring but if you do? Hey, aren’t we all just so photogenic?!Uncle John and Aunt Candy drove through treacherous ice and snow-all the way from Spokane! It was so nice to see them, even if they couldn’t stay through Christmas. Every year, as their Christmas present to their nephews, John and Candy have taken them to “Kids Castle” in Yakima (a giant playground/jungle gym). The best part of this gift was how Aunty and Uncle STAYED and PLAYED! The boys are no longer pre-schoolers so we had to find the Oregon-preteen equivalent…Lazer Tag! John, Aunt Tara and I had to join them-what fun. we will definitely be playing that again, soon.We all enjoyed Savannah’s first Christmas. The boys hover over her! We were sure glad that John and Candy stopped in Portland to bring Tara and the baby over. Tony had to work but came down on Christmas Day!One of the boys favorite parts of Christmas is all the extra time to play games with Aunts, Uncles, cousins and grandparents. We played Deal or No Deal, Imaginiff, Skip-bo, Phase 10 and more. Josiah gets pretty competitive during a game (but we are proud of him for remaining a good sport if he loses-that was much harder for him to do at age 7!) John and Candy had to get back to Spokane. Brian and Anne couldn’t drive over because of the winter storm and John’s sister wouldn’t be here until the next day so…Christmas Eve dinner was hosted by Lee and Claudia. Tara and Savannah were still with us, plus Uncle Deacon, Hilary and Mackenzie drove over from the Coast and joined us too, which was great. Aunt Hilary was the talented Realtor behind Lee and Claudia’s home purchase so she was excited to see the various changes and baby-crazy Mackenzie enjoyed holding Savannah. You can see from this photo how the men-folk help prepare dinner. By putting in the table leaf!Oh, and John always does the carving…It was so nice sharing the “work” of hosting and cooking with Claudia. We both agreed that despite all the people and meals, neither of us felt stressed over it. You can see from this photo that we didn’t skimp on cooking anything, either!The boys waited all day and Caleb had to be warned a few times to stop asking “When do we get to open presents?!” and finally, Christmas Eve arrived…The Legos and Star Wars reign that began in 2001 has not yet ended. The Peter Pan obsession, the Barney dreams, the love for Blues Clues and Little Bear have all passed into memories now, and I never realized then that I would miss them. Now, I know better, and the inevitable Christmas where Legos aren’t listed and begged for? It will be a sad one!Some gifts that last year round…!Christmas Day! Uncle Tony, Aunt Sherri, Amy and Noelle all made it down icy I-5 to celebrate. Presents, again?! We got to exchange our family gifts from the names we drew at Thanksgiving. Here you can see Amy, holding Savannah on the couch. Lee, on standby with his camera and Tony and Tara, patiently waiting their turn.John and his sister, Sherri. It’s a birthday celebration on December 25 for Noelle, too! She turned twelve this year.My turn to host, but dinner was kept really simple-we simply reheated all the leftovers from the Christmas Eve dinner and feasted, part deux. Because of the snowy roads, John’s friend Kevin was unable to be with his family in Seattle, so we were blessed to have him join us for Christmas dinner too-the more the merrier, we always say!

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About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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One Response to Christmas re-cap

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love the pictures! It was so good to see everyone in them. one gme i have to tell you about is the golf game… its cards maybe take nine? i cont remember the name LOL real helpful hu? go to amazon and look up golf card game. it is our FAVORITE game right now, Im waiting for ours to come in the mail! Love Kelli

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