Christmas breakfast was at grandma’s house and dinner was at my sisters house.

Breakfast at Grandma’s house with all the relatives.

Dinner at my sister, Rachel’s house

Beautiful tables

Cousin Katie and Jacob trying the pre-dinner snacks

Sammy enjoying pre-dinner food (which at my sisters house usually includes smoked salmon dip).


Caleb hanging out…..

Cousin’s Katie and Beth

So when you have this much family at dinner we put all the food on one table and sit at the other table. It was kinda funny though because the food line wasn’t moving becasue there was too many people (grid-lock), but no one was willing to lose thier place in the line!! LOL

A wonderful day!! Happy Birthday Jesus!!

Christmas morning is a very sleepy and enjoyable time…we usually start gift sharing at 7:00 am (yawn).  We do stockings first and then the gifts….we do this part with just our family and grandma….we like the small and personal time we have.  Later comes the food with all the extended family.
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Attempting to look awake!!

hum…..what is it?

Someone please wake Sammy up 🙂

Caleb bought Jake a Superman belt set…..just what he needed 🙂

Even Lizzy received some new toys and dog bed.

Wrapping paper every where….more gifts

A gift from a special someone 🙂

More gifts from that special someone.

I enjoy all of the holidays but one of my favorites is Christmas Eve….. we give pj gifts and then our tradtion is to always try a new hot chocolate recipe. Now you might say isn’t there only one way to make hot chocolate?

Do your own research and see how many different recipes there really are!!!

Our tree with new and old ornaments…

Love my boys!!


Enjoying hot chocolate 🙂

The party continues way past my bedtime…. 🙂

I have found that on Sunday night after Church it is so easy to stay up late and eat / fellowship without realizing how late it really is. 

When the alarm goes off on Monday morning…that is when it hits you how late it really was the night before!!

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Make a wish 

Cutting the cake

Thoughtful gifts

Necessary gifts 🙂

Special friends

The best gift of the evening!!!

Thank you to the kitchen help!!! Could not have done it without their help!!!

In order to surprise one of my boys it takes GREAT effort and scheming. There are not to many secrets that they don’t eventually find out. How is this? I often ponder this and come up with zero answers.

I have told my boys that between the ages 15-21 I would give them one (surprise) Birthday Party,  because it is very difficult to succeed in this area.  🙂

Jacob’s Birthday happens to be on New Years Eve….so the only way I could make this happen was to have it early….we had it on December 16th.

Could not have done it without my moms help. We had the party at her house which was hard to get the tables set up etc. and decorated with having Sunday lunch at her house also.

 We even had one party invitee come a week early and at the wrong time….almost had a close call with Jacob seeing him!!! WHEW

 Waiting for MR. Jacob to go get fast food and then head home after Church 🙂 so he thinks.



 He’s HERE!!!!

 SURPRISE (with his Muchas Gracias quesadilla ) Not sure how Sammy convinced him to come over to Grandma’s house that late…

 The question…..IS HE REALLY SURPRISED?????


 My mom, myself and Jacob

 more food


The cake……