Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Highlights of our 10 family visitors

My 2 youngest sons, their wives, and 6 littles between them.

The tree looked good for the first day...

We learned quickly with 6 under 6,
 no way would the gifts last under the tree.
Thankfully we had an extra shower for that.

We had projects going on continually.

Grant was amazing. He could make mazes out of anything. 

Or paths from his sister's toys.

My bathroom seemed to be a main attraction for the littles. 

They would stay and tell me about life while I put on makeup.

Sweet babies everywhere. 
We didn't dare close the pantry door before looking inside. 

Annie just trying to get her own drink of water like everyone else.

It takes a village to get the blueberries all picked up. 
And we had one. 

You know that saying, "Where ever you go, there you are."
This applies to going to church on Christmas morning, too. 
Den needed to vacuum up where the little grand darlings 
had been before we went home. 
My Mom would be proud. She use to say, "Something is wrong 
when little children aren't making messes."

This little sweetheart, Juliet (who is a mini Karen)
worked hard while she was here.

She removed, all by herself, all of these doorstops:

No one even taught her.
How do babies know these things? 

We all have our own ways of getting comfortable. 

Some have their own version of hanging out. Oh Leo :) 

And some like to get the furniture just right before the movie.

 Grant loved it when Uncle Logan would stop by.

After the littles would go to sleep at night,
we had lots of this going on...
Life was so busy that I didn't even realize until looking back at 
several pictures that McKenna was COLD. 
I'm so sorry, McKenna. 

An unforgettable Christmas!

Leo, Tyler, Rich, Karen and Juliet
Both of these families went to tremendous effort to get here!

Grant, McKenna, Annie, McKay, and Scarlett
I kept thanking them, but my words felt so inadequate. 

The Goodbyes were by far the hardest....
especially watching the cousins.

Since they live in Massachusetts and Vancouver, WA 
We have no idea when they will be together again.

For now, we are just thankful it happened.

Karen and McKenna did most all the cooking 
and I still have some of their very scrumptious recipes to share. 


Karen Mortensen said...

So glad you had a wonderful time with everyone.

Rebecca said...

Wow looks like so much fun! Love all those matching jammies!

Rebecca said...

Wow looks like so much fun! Love all those matching jammies!

Nate and Julie said...

It was fun to see them all on Christmas Eve! I'm glad you all had a good visit. And those jammies are pretty amazing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing some of the highlights. Beautiful photos. Precious faces. They are all my favorites but especially loved the one with the blueberries and the one with the doorstops and the one of the mess at church...now that is life.
What is the table game the young couples are playing?

hillytilly123 said...

I haven't had a home computer in so long I no longer blogged!! But for Christmas a niece sent me a laptop, it felt so good to see you still blog regularly!! I enjoyed your Christmas posts so much!! I'm back to blogging, seeing if I know how anymore!! Thanks for sharing these uplifting family moments!! Love you, Robin