Family Christmas party

Saturday we got together for our annual family Christmas party. Much fun was had by all. Santa paid the party a visit and Grandma Great and all of the kids (babies were asleep) got a chance to sit on his lap and receive an early present.

We all enjoyed great food. Kelsey made these amazing cupcakes that tasted like Everything Bundt Cakes, recipe here. We played tons of games and most went home with many prizes. We also had a present/white elephant exchange. Alex got a wig as his gift and a few of us took turns checking out how we'd look in a new hairdo. Turns out Alex is the cutest in a wig, go figure.

It was great to see all the family! We can't wait to party again next year.


We took a trip to visit Santa tonight. Nicholas had his first opportunity to sit on Santa's lap. He did not cry but was kind of zoned out (visit was a little too close to bedtime). I tried to get a family photo but was met with much resistance from the bigger boys. Andrew and Benjamin felt they were too old to sit with Santa. Benjamin would not tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. He stated "that's just a guy in a red Santa suit", and "it's inappropriate to sit on Santa's lap". Andrew felt it was weird because of how old he was. The family photo, as you can see, is missing Benjamin (he is cropped out, head down, sitting on the floor). That's what you get when you ask a 14 year old to snap the shot. It is also not the most flattering photo of me and so it has been censored.

HO HO HO - Merry Christmas!!!