The second weekend in January we had Lucas' mom's family (name withheld to protect privacy) at our house for their annual Christmas party. Usually held the day after Christmas, this year they decided to schedule it in January to make it easier to attend (without all of the other Christmas committments to get in the way). Lucas' parents were hosting, but we offered our house for location since it is more central. It worked out great (for us at least!).
Allie playing with O...who I played with when she was only a little older than Allie!
Ry guy with R & M. R is, currently, the only other boy!
Cousin M - who loved the chalkboard!
Family hanging out at the party.
The main events of the party were the food (everyone brings their classic best dishes - yum!), the games (Lucas' parents always plan games. This year I was playing with the kids and didn't remember that I was on a team until the very end...and I knew the answer to every Christmas Carol question up until that point!), the gift exchange (they do a name drawing), and (this year) Santa - who not only gave presents to the kids, but also announced the gender of the twins' newest cousin-to-be...A BOY!!!!!
Ry-guy loved this snowman. He gave him many hugs and kisses throughout the night.
Allie opening her gift (for some reason, she is the only one we caught on camera...)
One of the best things about the evening was that this was one of the few occassions with all of the great-grandkids together with great-grandma! I know this will be a treasured picture.