I don't have much time, but I wanted to get this post up today. I have to make it quick!
We had a wonderful Christmas with our families, with more celebrations yet to come. We spent Christmas Eve at G & Bompa's house. G bought all of the girls matching jingle bell head bands. Here are Rae & Ava modeling theirs.
After a yummy brunch, the kids helped decorate the tree, then tore into their gifts. (Actually, they were all very good at taking turns opening.) Rae was very excited to receive not one, not two, but THREE sets of moon dough, a product she's been asking to get for months!
Ruby's favorite was Polly Pockets!
After our celebration over there, we went to my parents' house and stayed the night. It was fun to stay up playing games after the kids went down. My brother Nate got the game "Bang!" and we all learned how to play -- it's a fun game if you've never tried it!
On Christmas Day the whole family came over, which adds up to TEN adults (NOT including Joe's finace Becky and Nate's girlfriend Jenny who both couldn't make it), ELEVEN children under the age of FIVE, and FIVE dogs!!! It was beautiful chaos!
Mom & Dad with their 8 oldest grandkids (while the 3 babies slept)
It was especially wonderful to have my brother Micah and his family here with us again this Christmas. Besides a very quick visit from Missy & baby Jeremiah in August, we hadn't seen any of them since Christmas 2009. It was absolutely awesome for the cousins to be all together and play all day.
Is it time to open presents yet?
After opening gifts, some of the bigger kids went outside to play on the enormous snow piles in my parents' back yard. They played for over two hours without even thinking of the cold.
The hills were so high, they could easily get into the tree. (Malachi pictured)We have yet to celebrate with JP's dad's side of the family. We were supposed to get together with them this weekend, but sadly JP's grandpa ("Papa") is nearing the end of this life on earth and will soon be with Jesus. Please pray for the whole Charlebois family as we say goodbye to Papa, who we all love so dearly. I don't know how people who don't have the hope of Jesus & eternal life get through times like these. It's such a comfort to know that the place where he's going is so much better than what he's going through here.
That's a lot of snow!
That's a lot of snow!