MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Every year, I say we are going to sit in front of OUR Christmas tree for a family photo and every year it doesn't happen. Well at least we get a family shot SOMEWHERE, right?!
We made it up to my parents a few days before Christmas. (via Columbus, Ohio-2 hours away-not ideal!) Paul's Shuttle made the pick up run though, and guess what? He didn't even charge us extra!! Tis' the season!
We stepped into my moms Christmas wonderland that is her house. She had already done her baking, but saved icing the cutouts for these little elves.
It melted quickly.
Ernesto and I left the kids with grandma and grandpa one day and had a good 'ol time shopping and even made it out to eat. (BoneFish) We bunkered down in the basement that night (my mom always sets up a wrapping station there) to finish up our gifts. All of sudden, the lights went out and on the wall I start seeing these.
This year we did things a little differently. My brother Bill was going to be entertaining his in-laws on xmas day, so we sort of pretended that Christmas Eve was Christmas day.
That was fine with us, because TWO days of opening presents and that is always good! Really the holidays are about being together and LAUGHTER, right? At least that is what it is for us. If I don't bust a gut a few times that day, it was a bad Christmas. Hasn't happened yet.
I love that picture. I can tell that my brother is saying something hilarious and I am about to say something [probably really sarcastic] and bust up laughing.
This text made me bust up laughing when I received it a day or two before Christmas.....
You noticed he is at Walmart at 1030pm right? Good stuff. Everyday things are used as material for a joke. #ilovemyfamily
Ok back to the festivities....The Wooster clan arrived at noon, regular time, but because the traditional meal of Christmas Eve (Mushroom soup) did not change, we were able to open presents as soon as they arrived.
With my boys sitting in front of a Christmas tree that looked like this, it was not easy to contain their excitement.
At least this year they did not sneak a present behind the bed to open it [while waiting]. #so2015
But the questions were non-stop:
"When can we open presents? When are our cousins going to be here? Can we open just one now? Are they almost here?" Once everyone arrived, they didn't want any greetings or chatting. "Noooooowwwww, can we open our presents? Ok Let's open our presents!"
I have NO IDEA how these kids got to be so persistent. And who....WHO gets so excited/impatient to open presents?
Ok, I'll admit (and only because my family would call me out on it) before kids, it was ME doing the asking and rushing to open presents.
Well, just to torture the kids a little more, pictures had to be taken beforehand. ha!
First up...the grandparents with grandkids pic -Tyler and Noah missing :(
BIG blue eyes and just a cutie pie all around. She rounds out all the girl cousins.
We continued the Wellman (my mom's side) tradition of singing some carols on Christmas Eve, something we grew up doing every year at our grandmas, and started up again once there were little kids in the mix again. Here "Up on the Housetop" The kids sat around and grandma elf and anxiously waited for the first presents to be passed out.FINALLY it was time! PRESENTSSSSSSSS
Notice the fast moving mixing hand. "Oh aunt Jenny, these are the best pots and pans, thank you sooooo much," said Paloma
.....let you know that the so-and-so football team in down by ten points and your fantasy football dreams are down the drain Brandon! Haha This is my neice Kelli's boyfriend and we LOVE him. Sports ass and all. Now get back over here and open some presents....
There is my little fashionista in her designer Ted Baker dress (thanks Beth!!) Maroon and hot pink? YES! I mean look at her! She has got places to go and people to see!
You may notice some good pictures in this post and some not-so-good. I bought another 50mm lens for my Canon and I just need to
use this thing experiment more. I love how this portrait of Mateo blurs the trees lights in the background. Also I love my cute 5 year old with a natural smile. Something hard to capture in a picture these days.
These guys whipped through their presents at lightning speed. And what do you know? Santa brought them some more Imaginext, even though I told him not too. They have WAY. TOO. MANY. Already. I don't know what he was thinking. Maybe he got a good deal or something?!?
Whatever the case, these guys were EXTREMELY happy and excited. Oh the excitement!! I need to share a video.These glow in the dark skeleton pajamas were a big hit too. And the matching shoes of course!
Papi opened a few nice things too!
Yes, baby girl was awake too!
Funny enough, there aren't any pictures of me opening and presents, so you will just have to believe me that I too opened a few Christmas presents. Ernesto skipped my [usual] stock up on Victoria Secret undies and bought me a slew of unsolicited Regenerist products for my aging face. LOL. (Seriously mi amor, not offended at all-great little stocking stuffers!) PLUS- nice slippers, a garden tool set, some yoga clothes/sweat towel, and more...
Home sweet home.
If that sounded like Im ready for xmas break to be over