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all because two people fell in love

On the Saturday after Christmas, we snuck in a family breakfast even though it wasn't the fifth Saturday of the month. Uncle Tim and his family were in town from Georgia, so the entire family was together for the first time since . . . I don't know, actually. All forty of us (and one more as one cousin's plus-one) were there: two grandparents, eight aunts and uncles, fourteen cousins, six cousin-spouses, ten cousin-babies. (And two of my grandparents' siblings were there, too.)

The kids' table was happily entertained for a good hour by a pack of new markers from Christmas stockings. (And the blank paper placemats doubled as plenty of drawing paper.)

Then the kids' table dissolved as the kids chose laps instead of chairs.

My cousin, Wayne, took multiple family photos - and one group photo, but I don't have them to show you at the moment.

Nonetheless, it's amazing/overwhelming/awesome to see an entire room full of people that exist from what started as on…

Christmas afternoon

Christmas afternoon with everyone at Big Guy's and Nonna's.

another Christmas morning

I failed to take many photos at Christmas with Pop-Pop and Nana. (I was probably too busy eating. Hah!) So here's at least a few of the kids with Aunt Helen (who gifted her old doll furniture to the girls!).

Jesse's first tablecloth appearance

guest blogger: Jesse

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It was my first Christmas so therefore my hand's first appearance on the tablecloth.

I didn't particularly enjoy the tracing, but Daddy snuggled me when I was done. So it wasn't all so bad.

Christmas morning

We celebrate Christmas morning on Christmas Eve due to other family events happening on Christmas. So Merry Christmas from our Christmas morning celebration!

Christmas cookies

guest bloggers: Lydia, Heidi, & Anna

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We helped Nonna with some of her Christmas cookies! We take our role as decorators very seriously.

We may have spilled some sugar (and then tried to scoop it back into the container).


guest bloggers: Lydia & Heidi

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Somebody's gotta get this place shipshape for Christmas.

wrapping gifts

The Christmas elves have been busy around here.

I just dispense the tape, but these girls handle all the wrapping by themselves. I may have helped with the ribbon, too, but I'll probably be out of a job in that department by next year.

tablecloth paws

You may remember our tradition of tracing our hands on a tablecloth every year at Christmas. Well, when I unpacked the tablecloth, these two were psyched. So excited, in fact, that they immediately created their own "tablecloths" and got to work with their "kids."

I think Lydia included the ages of those tracing on her tablecloth.

(I love their creative imitation. Though sometimes it can definitely be incriminating/embarrassing for me . . . =)