christmas ’10

one of our christmas traditions is making the kids all sit at the top of the stairs until the parents are ready with the cameras before they can run down to see their santa gifts and open the stockings.  we also stay in our jammies all day long!

love the first reactions to their santa gifts – “a big box of cars” and american girl dolls (target version) for the girls (i think grandma was more excited than the kids!)

silas inspecting each and every one of his cars

santa gave all the kids 3 rolls of tape  because he knows how much they love tape and always use up mommy’s

the girls and their dolls

silas’ heaven

after our family opened our gifts all the rest of sean’s siblings and their families came over for round 2 of christmas gifts.   “aunt pretty” had already opened a gift from her boyfriend – an engagement rigng!  welcome to crazy town, ronn!

the girls and aunt heather

pretty pretty mandy

uncle vito (not his real name – we tend to give lots of nicknames to family members)  was given an accordian that was apparently a family heirloom.  as a lover of all things musical and quirky, this was a perfect gift for him!

after round 2 came round 3 after christmas dinner with the extended family, a fun white elephant gift exchange between the adults, then the next day was round 4 with my parents and grandma who were staying nearby.

i am so blessed to have a family full of inlaws who are so incredibly loving and generous and hilarious!


  1. 1

    Oh how I miss that anticipation of the kids running downstairs to see what Santa brought! So sweet! I love the picture of your son inspecting the cars.

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    looks like fun!!! we had 4 rounds of christmas too! lots of family to love and share with! Happy New Year!!

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    Perfect! My children range from 16 yrs. to 22 yrs.old and we still do the same and video tape every minute! Priceless! This year my husband surprised me by organizing and transferring all 22 years of holidays and special occasions from VHS and other tapes to DVD (100’s of them) in fabulous leather binders! I was stunned and these memories are a treasure! So keep on doing what you’re doing and they will love these memories when they are older!!

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    Aw, such fabulous pictures!!! Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas!!

    Happy New Year!

    <3 Ashley

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    Love Grandma’s reaction! Your kids all have the same eyes. Great pics.

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    We gave our kids tape too! That is hilarious!

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    The kids are adorable, looks like a fabulous christmas :)
    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you!!!!!!

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    looks like tons of fun!!!!!!!!!!! I love Grandma’s expression….that was priceless!

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    Looks like many wonderful Christmas traditions were shared! Enjoy your New Year’s holiday!

  10. 10

    So cute! Made me smile! (Especially the tape part…and maybe the “Uncle Vito” part too!)

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    Did you see Pioneer Woman’s link to your site today? Hooray for you!!!!

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    Your kids are so cute. The tape idea is so great…guess what Luci’ll be getting for her birthday! XOXO

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    Beautiful family and the most mesmerizing blue eyes I’ve ever seen! Thanks for helping me step up my game in fashion over the past couple months. YOu have a great blog and beautiful products! Since I will be on a Goodwill only, shopping expedition in 2011, I’ll have to direct my hubby to your site for a gift or two for me. : )


  14. 14

    Love the photos! Happy New Year to you and your family. Many blessings in 2011!

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    Looks like you had a great Christmas! I must say that your kids have the most beautiful eyes…so jealous!

    Happy New Year!

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    When everyone in blogland is recappig their year and talking about the New Year ahead, this was refreshing tosee a Christmas post. Mainly because we’re still in the groove of Christmas vacation around here-everyones home from school(including hubby whos a teacher) and we’re sleeping in a little later, saying in our jammies a little longer, watching a few more movies and just enjoying one anothers’ company. Its wonderful!
    Im glad to see you had a wonderful time with family. Happy New Year from us to you:)

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    And I just realized something is wrong with my keyboard. Its missing letters and not spacing correctly. Heres hoping its just a glitch!

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    Beautiful pictures!!

    PS. Did you know that you were mentioned on THE PIONEER WOMANS blog today???!!!!
    Lucky duck!

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    So wonderful – we took pics of them atop the stairs as well in great anticipation of what was waiting for them … laughed at the tape, because my 8yo begged for tape – not kidding & he got his own dispenser! HA – other more “fun” things too, but he really wanted it. He makes all kinds of creations, so the tape will come in handy!

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    Merry Christmas! :) Those blue eyes your kids have are gorgeous!! :)

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    Thank you for the outfit compliment! I love that the girls got scotch tape. I so need to remember that for the next gifting time. My girls would LOVE that! Looks like you guys had a fun Christmas!

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    Haha…my kids got scotch tape too. They LOVE it and are always stealing mine. So funny.

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    !!!!! You got a shout out on the Pioneer Woman!!!!!!!!!!
    that’s the link!
    YAY for you!:) You better get more petal pushers in the shop asap…cause they’re gonna sell like wildfire!:)

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    holy crizzap…you make cute kids.

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    No we are the ones that are blessed with you!! What a fun (exhausting) week!!! And my ring looks so pretty (too bad the hands look like grandma hands – oh well) I have so many pic’s to post – especially the Cheney Family Olympics pics!! Love you!!!! ~Shan

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    such a beautiful family! :)

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