It has been a long time since we've spent Christmas with Steve's family, and the holidays are a big deal. There seemed to be parties left and right and we were in a constant state of exhaustion but it was totally worth it.
To start off the holiday, Steve's mom hosts "Nana Sleepovers". There is a total of three "sleepovers". There are the girls (ages 4-11), boys (4-11), and teenagers (12-18). Since we are currently living in Steve's parents house, we seemed to a part of each party!
This was the first year that Hallie has attended and she was beside herself. They made pizzas, decorated cards, decorated cookies, went caroling, watched elf, stayed up until midnight, woke up at 5 am, ate a delicious breakfast, did eachothers hair and painted fingernails. Sadly, I have no pictures to document such an event! We left for the majority of the night and when we came back to put Hunter to bed Hallie was insistent that we leave because we were not invited. We went into hiding!!
The next morning we made a very quick observation that Hallie was definitely not old enough to stay up that late and get up that early because she had a very hard time controlling the waterfall of tears that continually streamed down her face! I suppose once a year will be her limit -
We managed to stay out of the way during the boys sleepover. They seemed much more rambunctious than the girls and slightly out of control. :)
During the teenager night (which wasn't truly a sleepover, just a late night) Steve and I were fully involved with the night. We ate dinner with them and helped orchestrate games. This was by far our favorite group! No one spilled any drinks, everyone could clear their plate by themselves, and not one of them did any screaming. It was great and they were so much fun to hang around with.
We had a dessert night at Steve's brother's house - a full on dessert crepe bar. It was heaven. There was chocolate filling, vanilla filling, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, whipping cream and chocolate syrup. I think I found my new favorite treat. The peaches with cream was my favorite combination!
We went to lunch with all the ladies - always a good time. I think I found my new favorite chicken tortilla soup on this outing. Thank you Crackers!
We had a family home evening where everyone in town was in attendance. All the grand-kids performed musical numbers or shared talents.
A cousin gift exchange followed where gifts were opened, exchanged, opened, exchanged. Hallie was pleased as punch with her larger than life box of Lucky Charms. And she was kind enough to share them with her brother the next morning for breakfast.
We enjoyed some delicious pizza at Steve's sister's house as we watched the somewhat pathetic performance of Boise State during their bowl game. Steve and I really looked into going to Vegas to see the game, and we were very happy we did not waste our money for a so-so game.
Steve and I celebrated our 7th anniversary - Wahoo! Seeing as though Christmas is a crazy busy time, we tend to celebrate our anniversary another time during the year, but we did manage to make it to lunch by ourselves and shared with each other our 7 favorite qualities of one another, and 7 favorite memories.
Christmas Eve was hosted by Steve's parents. We had a Mexican themed buffet complete with a pinata.
We opened our traditional Christmas jammies and read "Twas the Night Before Christmas". It got too late for the kids to enjoy a nice role play of the nativity, so perhaps we'll have to fit that in earlier in the day next year.
*Thank you to my sister-in-law. as I stole some pictures from her!
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