Then we went over to our church for mass
with Charlie and family, a perfect evening.
|Our sweetie with an attitude.|
Meanwhile Santa showed up in Kentucky
He left a stocking in Maryland for Ginger and Thor and I think they appreciated it
Didn't Santa realize they had to get all those toys back to Maryland?
Meanwhile in Chicago
|Lucky enough to find a Dairy Queen open on Christmas day|
So now is where it gets a bit tricky.
Tom and I left Christmas morning to go to French Lick Indiana where we had rented a cabin in the mountains and where Jennifer and Shawn would meet us after leaving Chicago and where we would be close enough to Natalie's family in Kentucky to visit with them too.
|Ella has been growing like a weed since she has been taking her Mito Cocktail |
but John Robert is still getting close to catching up with her.
She is FOUR years older than him
Thomas and Ella came over to spend the first night with us
Thomas made this scarf for his sister by knitting with his hands so of course he had to show everyone how it was done.
|We drove over to Ft. Knox to see how much of it we remembered from the 6 years we lived there|
and of course we had to have lunch at the Elizabethtown Steak and Shake
Meanwhile Ella and Sami's cousins from another part of Texas showed up
|They are 6 months apart|
|Jennifer even made Natalie's nieces matching nighties|
|I love you Aunt Nenni!|
Then we all met up in the only place that had snow (artificial, but it works) to do some tubing
|In case you were wondering NO Pops did NOT go tubing|
|Our pregnant mommy didn't go tubing either but |
she was very helpful getting every one's pass pinned on.
|Sami wasn't so sure but Uncle Al got her to go down.|
She wasn't a fan
|Who is that young man standing next to me!?|
I can't be old enough to have a grandson this big.
That coat lasted 2 trips down and then it came off and
I spend the rest of the morning in my hoodie and jeans.
|Not quite sure about Thomas's fashion choices but hey, it works|
|I'd like to say I decided to just sit down on the cold ground but nope|
I fell down a few times
|Here we go Sami, it's going to be FUN|
|She LOVED it but she didn't have to drag that gee golly tube back up the hill|
|Shawn was kept busy with his two loving it even though he had a nasty cold. |
Such a good daddy.
playing in the rocks and we paid $25 each to go tubing
What were we thinking?
It was the only snow they played in all week
|"Pull me, Uncle Tommy"|
Thanks Alex, for taking these great action shots
Then we all came back to our cabin for pizza and drinks
With Natalie's parents, 2 brothers and 2 nieces
we totaled 10 adults and 6 kids
It was tight but we made room
|blowing out the pretend candle|
Then I went outside with the kids since the weather was so mild
|They spied this broken piece of machinery and decided that|
Santa must have crashed his sleigh here and had to leave it.
I should have seen it coming,
maybe I did but just didn't care
They got a bit wet in the stream
The two big girls were trying to build a doll house and they decorated it with this
Then John Robert had to go get a bag to collect the trash that was in the stream
Then some hot chocolate and jammies and then the hot tub
There's more to come
Water Slides and
a another dinner for 16