We tried something new this year with my side of the family. We've done Christmas Eve with my siblings at my parents' house, forever. Our spouses have graciously allowed us to keep our tradition, and our kids have started to look forward to it. As our families are getting bigger, and our kids are getting older, we all started to wonder how long we'd keep it up.
It's hard to change.
Instead of four hours in my parents' living room, we spent 24 hours in one giant cabin. It was a b.l.a.s.t.
Cousins. 10 of them, 7 years old and younger. 8 boys. I hope they grow up being BFFs.
Trenton and Rowen look so much alike that at Trenton's first birthday party, neither of his grandmas could figure out which one he was. And one of the grandmas does his daycare, and sees him every week. They both, on different occasions picked up one and thought for sure he was the other. I laughed over that for days. Years, evidently. I'm still laughing about it! They do favor each other, even I can see it.
There was a tight huddle around every gift. Pretty cute.
My three big kids love their new robes. Grandma can sew.
My two little kids love their new quilts. Grandma can sew.
Back in the day of the original Rowe Family Christmas (the ones my grandparents hosted when I was growing up) my mom's homemade quilts were the coveted gift. Some things never change.
This was a super cute moment that we kept going long enough to get pictures of. I'm glad we did it, it's still making me smile!
The men got some new winter head gear. They mocked my mom for those hats, but everyone knows when the first big snow hits and the wind is blowing 35mph, they'll be pulling those suckers out to go snow blow.
Reise is drawn to babies like a moth to a flame. She can't (and I mean really can't) keep her hands off the babies. This was the best moment of her weekend, I'm sure of it. She loved holding that baby. She kept her eye on him for 24 hours straight. I'm so glad this is baby #4 for my sister. She's as laid-back as they come, and this baby is totally accustomed to a little jostling. Perfect conditions for Reise :)
Ryleigh really looked forward to playing games in her robe with
I told the kids they could stay up as late as the adults, as long as there was absolutely no crying, fighting, whining, fighting, crying, arguing, crying, or crying. The three big kids were up until well after 11. Why not? It's Christmas!
Gwamma Rowe makes gooooood hot chocolate.
Just listening to some tunes, waiting for my breakfast!
Oh my gosh, Dekker, are you serious with those jammies and that thumb?
There she goes again...poor little Chase. :) Thankfully he's got big brothers and can fend for himself. He'll let her know if he's had enough love for a while. Sweetheart!
My dad. He convinced the big kids he was going to take them on an adventure. I know they found a tower and climbed 107 steps. I'm not sure they found any bears.
My mom can hold a newborn and play video games at the same time. With a pink remote, of course.
Some stellar parenting moments here. (I promise the cap never came off that soda bottle, Lao!)
My sister and I both asked my brother if he'd grown. The results aren't crystal clear, but we're pretty observant ladies and we both think he's at least an inch taller. I guess once you're up there in the 6' 5" range you don't really care about an inch.
Congrats to Tiffany Crounse, winner of the 2010 Rowe Family Christmas Wii Bowling Tournament. She came out from the losers bracket and won it all. Thank you to Ryleigh, for constructing the award poster with my nail polish and a Sharpie :)
Thank you to Grandpa for downloading some tunes for Rugger's new MP3 player. He was ready to get that baby up and running the minute he opened it (thank you, Lao for the birthday present!).
I've said it before, and I'll say it again-my mom and Ry are two peas in a pod. A book light? Come on, let's call it what it is: the best idea in the world. Of course my mom would think of it :)
I'm not sure how I'll feel about doing Christmas Eve at home this year...but I know we really enjoyed our "cabin time" together over the weekend. It was a nice good chunk of time to enjoy each other, with plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Good memory making times were had by all. And, I won't hate not being on the Interstate at 10pm the night before Christmas.
Choosing to love,