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Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013, Part 1

Christmas, Part 1 - CHRISTMAS EVE

Celebrating Christmas has always been one of the most special and magical times of the year for me.  
And now, with the addition of our two little girls, and getting to experience it through their eyes, it's that much more special and remarkable!  

After celebrating a beautiful family mass at St. Joan of Arc, we headed to Mom and Dad's to celebrate Christmas with the Sahms, Hinards, and Grandma Reva (which we've been doing for the last 16 years).  

Here are the pics we got from Christmas Eve

With Grandma (Hi) and Grandpa (Paw Pop)!  
Notice whose kids aren't looking at the camera.  

FRAMER!  Although Junie is missing a gold shoe.  At least her shrug is a hit! 

Cousin love

Grandma loving.

One of the most special parts of Christmas at Mom and Dad's (other than the shrimp dinner and dancing), is Dad's Nativity Scene that he sets up outside.  
This year, for the first time, he had the kids bring baby Jesus out to place in the manger.
It was the sweetest thing:

Then, back inside:

AJ tried to start the dancing early...
Junie found a boyfriend.

More cousin loving!

And the stockings were hung...

We tried for some more pictures before dinner:

I'll take the lumberjack.

Which didn't really go so well...
Time to EAT (Mom's shrimp dinner is a running tradition in her family for over 100 years, so we make it a BIG deal)! 
*I didn't get any pics of the table or food because June was squawking to eat before she wasted away to nothing… ;)

Yes, aunt Lizzie LOOKS young enough to be her mother!!!

Kids' Table

Paw Paw lovin

Gifts from aunt Lizzie!

And pretty pleased about it.

And NOW, for the grand finale… 
Bum Bum Bum… 
Dancing in the family room:  

Finally says this one

Moves for days...
Follow the leader grandma

Just a quick break to watch some juggling...

And that's a Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) from our family to yours!

Addie, Zeke, Great Grandma Reva, Ari, Teagan (June M.I.S. - Missing In Slumber)

HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas! 


  1. A few things...Junie is rocking that shrug! My kids immediately took notice of Baby Jesus' swaddle blanket - too cute! And the juggling act is pretty legit, right?

    1. Haha, yes, I bet your kids love that juggling act ;)
      And I'm still dying about the kids in the tree pic - too much!
      AND AJ loved chasing MF around - pretty cute!
      Happy New Year!

  2. I love everything about this post, especially the baby Jesus in the the outside nativity! You have the most beautiful family!

    ps. who is the new hunk in the pictures?? Of course, I am just dying to know :)

    1. You are too sweet!
      The hunk in the beard?! Haha.
      Jan's BF - a good one! WE NEED A 2 HOUR MARGARITA/PHONE DATE to catch up soon!

  3. Were the boys praying to Jesus? Sooooo sweet!!!! Um yeah, Andy and Bill and Jan's boyfriend are all smokin' hot. I guess that makes sense in a family of supermodels. :)

    1. Yes, the boys were totally praying at the manger… with Addie and Zeke looking on :). Dad says just seeing the kids' reactions every time they come over makes it worth all the effort to get it up!
      Hope it was a good Saturday! We are getting ready to hunker down for the blizzard!


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