jojo and papa’s christmas.

As is our tradition we’re spending a few post-Christmas days at my mom and stepdad’s house right now. And as is our tradition we spent a few pre-Christmas days with Brent’s parents at the river. Here’s a peak at our fun…

Sarah was delighted to introduce her early Christmas present to Lily, who was equally as delighted.

Papa (with a little help from an internet shopping savvy elf) surprised the family with 0:01 football shirts to commemorate our Tigers’ Iron Bowl win the last time we were together. The kiddos did a lot of this,

the grown-ups drank some of that,

and at some point a child commandeered my camera long enough to take a solitary shot of yours truly.

So yes, I really was there.

The kids opened presents (dutifully sitting in the present chair),

And even Tigger found he had been remembered with a gift by his Aunt Parmy (most thoughtful person ever).   Nate showed off his gift from us and we all wondered where he got that “tough guy” look…but we didn’t wonder for long. 

The kids worked with ChaCha on their new chemistry set,

while JoJo and Papa were coerced into snuggling for the camera.

And then the always-entertaining grown-up round of Dirty Santa began.

Somehow JoJo ended up opening almost all of the gifts. And then Tory tried to pull a fast one by creating a new set of rules surrounding the existence of a “mystery gift”.  

Since Papa is usually the one in charge of pulling fast ones, he was rightfully suspicious.

But all’s well that ends well,

and somehow Papa ended up with a new fish knife (or something) out of the whole deal.

All in all, the grown-ups were cheerful,

the kiddos were snuggly,

and despite Ephraim breaking his toe open (yes, literally an open fracture) with a stocking holder five minutes before heading home on Christmas Eve, resulting in a 6 hour visit to the ER once we returned to Huntsville, it was an absolutely perfect way to ring in the holiday.

Jessica WJanuary 3, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Oh man, I hope is toe is healing well!

Lacey SJanuary 3, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Poor Ephraim! My niece had to get stitches after an unfortunate incident with a stocking holder. Those things are heavy! Next year try securing them onto the mantle with Command strips. Works like a charm, and they even withstand the tugging of curious little hands. Happy New Year!

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaJanuary 3, 2014 - 5:38 pm

OW! poor Ephraim! Hope he’s not in too much pain and heals quickly!

CharlotteJanuary 4, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Beautiful family. Beautiful pictures. Sarah looks so “grown up” with her glasses. 🙂
Happy New Year!

linsasaOctober 26, 2018 - 5:30 am

Thanks for sharing, it makes me a lot.

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