This year we were blessed enough to be able to go to Houston for Christmas to be with my Family. Every year we switch off for Christmas, so last year we were in Ohio and all of my siblings that are married were with their in-Laws, and this year we all got together with my parents. Whenever this happens there is always mass chaos which just happens when you have around 22 people trying to coordinate food, gifts, sleeping arrangements, and activities. Â Grant and I were sad not to be able to see Bryan, Amanda, and Gail as well as the snow they had. It randomly got cold in Houston while we were there so that made it feel a little bit more like Christmas.
On Saturday Morning, Andrew, Grant, Kira, Alana, and I all hung out while eating breakfast. Alana managed to roll over for the first time, and Grant went all crazy copying her cooing noises which Alana LOVED.
The Fleshmans and the Warfields recommended the game PandemicÂ since we had played it on vacation. So, Papa had us buy it.
Like normal, all of the females sign up for different meals throughout the whole visit, so that my parents don’t have to cook since they are already hosting.One of the meals Kira and I did was Sunday Lunch which was an Americana Meal.
My family really likes fantasy books and movies, so as a child we would go see a movie(if there was a good one showing) once a year around Christmas or Thanksgiving. This year, The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug, was out so those of us who were well went on Monday while my parents watched Hannah and Tanya and Wilson’s(Who were both still sick) Kids. I liked it a lot, I know it wasn’t 100% true to the book,but it was still entertaining.
Daniel and Sarina got my dad some of those “stickers” that you put on your rear windshield that has one sticker per person and even some for pets. We all thought it would be hilarious to see the ten figures on the back, but just to fit Papa, these were all Star Wars Themed.
Lisa was here this Christmas with us, and I assume that she missed being with her family, but we loved having her there. She was always SO helpful, always wanted to play with the kids, and just fun to be around.
Julia loves different kits, so my parents got her a car safety kit as well as a tool kit.
My mom always cracks us all up because she tends to find something cool and practical, and give one to all of us girls. We aren’t complaining because we normally love the gifts, but this year she even used the same cards to each of us so we all had a good laugh about that.
Two years ago, Mia got a white sock as a joke Christmas gift.Â She didn’t know how to react because she didn’t want the sock, and didn’t like that attention. So she kept telling her parents that she DIDN’T want a white sock for Christmas. So my mom got her a white sock with a gray strip on the bottom which Wilson is pointing out in this picture. Mia took it with grace and laughed with the rest of us, and went on to opening her real presents.
Emi opening her gift from Daniel and Sarina. My dad always jokes around guessing what gifts are with no clue what is really inside. This time he guessed right and then was scolded for giving it away! 🙂
All of the kids in the shirts I made, fabric was purchased Here.
After all of the pictures were taken on Christmas Day, The Fleshmans and the Warfields were due to fly back to their respective States. So to pass the few hours Andrew played catch with all of the kids.
On a random note, my parents had the wall between their formal dining room and kitchen taken down which made a HUGE difference in how open it felt. It was nicer now because we could all eat a one large table like we did during Christmas Eve dinner or separate ones,but not be completely separated.
On the way home, Grant showed me that you can ask for a whole can of whatever drink you want on the airplane, and they normally always give it to you. I normally get tomato juice,but I always spill when wearing lighter colors, so I went with Coke this time.
We had a nonstop flight each way which was very nice, even though we did have a kid scream his poor little lungs out the whole flight back. The day we got back, I got sick, I wasn’t planning on going to the doctor, but once Tanya told us that they had all had the flu and bronchitis, I went in on the 26th of December. I didn’t have the flu or bronchitis,but my 103 Fever and cough were enough to get me a Z Pack. Grant got sick later the next week for only two days which wasn’t fun for him since he NEVER gets sick. Since we were both still getting healthy, we had a boring New Years at home even though we had been invited to Nashville. Even though there was sickness and chaos in Houston, it was still nice to get to see all of my siblings and nieces and nephew, and of course my parents!