I'll just post a few photos to tell the story.
Michelle showed us her baby belly.
We set up a playhouse to color that occupied the kids, so we could eat.
Photographs were taken.
Then the children opened their gifts.
The adults began their gift exchange.
Shannon volunteered to be in charge of quiet time for the kids.
Shannon during quiet time.
While on Shannon's watch-The kids during quiet time. (in my closet playing with clothes and jewelry)
The guys during quiet time.
But, not Miles. He's a trooper.
We hadn't had a full meal in a few hours or a gift, so off we went to Chris and Robin's house.
So many cute kids. I couldn't capture them at one time. Lucy thought stairs were for climbing, not for sitting still and taking photographs.
Jennifer and Jeremy must have been thinking it was so nice before the Briers arrived. Yes, it is like a tsunami when we are on the scene.
Robin, and her mom, Grace. Two beautiful women.
Christian and Lucy
Ben, Jeremy, and Sidney
Sidney entertained us with her violin.
Thank you Sidney. Children danced, adults sang,
and everyone loved it.
Then, we sang Happy Birthday to Joe, the family's Christmas Eve baby.
"The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in
the warm embrace of kith and kin."