Thursday, January 14, 2010

Christmas Eve

Every Christmas Eve we have the Kirkwood Family Christmas.  This year I was able to host the party at my house which, in all honesty, is way easier than having to load up all 5 and head out.  Plus, if it’s at your house you are only in charge of paper products, NO COOKING!! I think we may have it at my house every year just so they don’t have to eat my cooking (I’ve actually brought something before that wasn’t completely unfrozen)!
Last year we didn’t get to bring the babies because they were so little and still on RSV lockdown, plus, let’s face it 4 month olds aren’t that much fun! This year, though, they were a blast! Here’s a few pictures from our festivities!

  2nd Cousin Anna-Kate, Nana, Avery,
Old Grandpaw and Lauren
(Wait… is it 2nd cousin?
She’s Matt’s cousin’s daughter…. I’m confused. 
We’ll just refer to everyone as Cousins, how’s that!)

Cousin Shelly and the Flying Can-Man
(She’s Matt’s cousin, so they’re 2nd cousin; right?
I’m so confused!)


Cannon and his BFF his Pappy Frog!


A serious Avery with a Happy Old Grandpa!
He is Matt’s Grandpa and instead of adding Great, we added Old! He doesn’t mind at all, he loves all the grands and great-grands so much!


Uncle Darnell and Lauren
She loved, loved him!!!


Aunt Gloria and Nana playing
I’mmmma Gonna Getcha with Gunner!!


Gunner making a run for it!


Hannah Noelle playing in her room with
Cousin Kaytee and Cousin Karragan.


Cousin Mike and Lauren, she’s always with a man!
Cousin Mike is Cousin Shelly’s husband!


All the great grands that were present….
Mason, Brant, Anna-Kate, Lauren, Avery, Kaytee, Cannon, Gunner, Travis, Kinsey, Karragan and Hannah Noelle…
there are 5 missing!!


Cousin Brant (Anna-Kate’s brother) and Cousin Mason


Old Grandpa and his Children
Greta, Ronald, Phyllis and Gloria
Grandma Belle was smiling in Heaven, I’m sure of it!

With cleaning and setting up, I forgot to get camera batteries so a special thanks to Cousin Tammy for taking the pictures and sending me the CD!

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  These were some of many of our attempt at a family shot!

We had a blast enjoying the fellowship with family and of course a really great game of
Dirty Santa in which Matt and I worked together and ended up with a super cool flashlight and a Target Gift Card! I threatened anyone to take the Gift Card with the saying… it’s like taking diapers away from the babies! HeHeHe!
The weather was HORRIBLE, someone even got stuck in the driveway (those of you that know my driveway I know that doesn’t shock you!) so special thanks to Old Grandpa, Elouise, Nana, Papa, Uncle Jeremy, Kaytee, Karragan, Kinsey, Aunt Gloria, Uncle Sonny, Bryan, Tammy, Mason, Shelly, Mike, Travis, Aunt Greta, Uncle Darnell, Jared, Uncle Ronald, Sissy, Brad, Anna-Kate and Brant for braving the storm and coming over, it was a blast!


Charity Donovan said...

Awwww...I love your family shots!!! They are like nearly impossible these days!!! Looks like you had a awesome that your kiddos have so many cousins! I'm jealous!
Love you momma!

Beth said...

Your kids are so adorable!! I love Hannah Noelle's room- how cute! I agree with you. This year, we let the family come to us and it was so much easier than dragging the kids and all of their stuff to a house that may not be as baby-proofed as needed. The group shots were cute- I guess we have to resign ourselves that it may be a while before all of our children look straight at the camera and smile at the same time. Oh well! Looks like a very merry Christmas!