Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas at home

In our seven Christmases together, this is the first one we've spent at home. Neil's whole family made it out, and we enjoyed a relaxing and cozy celebration. It was especially exciting with the new babies. Ryan looked like a monster next to Grant. He's easily got him by three pounds!

Grandma Susie and the boys

Ryan looks like a linebackerPhotobucket

Grant's just chillin', Ryan's not!

Brothers: Neil and Jeff with the boys

Allison and me with the boys

Chloe hardly knew what to do with herself: not one, but TWO babies to tormet! What could possibly be better?

The whole family (except Courtney, who will officially join the family in May)!
{Brad, Lori, Jeff, Allison, Grant, me, Ryan, Neil, Chloe, Susie, Dave}

And here are a few more miscellaneous pictures from Christmas week...

Waiting in line to see Santa

Our Christmas tree

Christmas Eve - Chloe feeding Uncle Jeff a chocolate while Grandma Susie reads The Littlest Angel

Smiles to Daddy

Cuddles with Grandma

Chloe hiding in her LSU pillow case from Aunt Malinka on Christmas morning (geaux Tigers!!)

Holiday baking: a tradition Chloe and I started last year that even among the chaos of this Christmas, I could not pass up!


Sugar cookies are a favorite in this household, so we played it safe with three batches!
{I use Southern Living's sugar cookie recipe, which you can find here.}

It was a wonderful Christmas! I only wish this season lasted longer.  We've been in Utah all week visiting my family, and drive home Friday morning.  More to post soon... Happy 2009, everyone!


Mama/Gma Jill said...

Wonderful, wonderful!! What a happy Christmas!! All cozy and bright.....surrounded by Neil's sweet family. LOVE all the pictures. Chloe is old enough to be truly excited, and the babies are beyond-precious. We are also enjoying SO MUCH having you here in Salt Lake. How grateful we are for this on-going Christmas with you. And THANKS for the cookies you brought. They're every bit as good in person.

Happy Happy New Year!
Love love love,
Mama/Gma Jill

Rebekah said...

Your little guy is super cute!!! Hope you had a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

I love the expressions Chloe has in all the pictures! She's ssoo cute!

paulak said...

What a fun Christmas. Your little guy is so handsome...I can't wait. We are already making some progress. Could be this month. Hope to see you when we visit.

Stephanie said...

What a fun Christmas! That's so great that you were able to be with all of Neil's family. I love your tree and the cookies look delicious!

Nells-Bells said...

wow. how fun to spend christmas at home with neil's fam. i'm glad you had such a good time! those cookies look absolutely delicious! i am so sick of goodies, though, that i'm ready to start exercising. it's crazy!! ;) hope you have a safe drive home and beat the storm!!

Wendy said...

Loved seeing all the photos. It was also nice to see you yesterday; too bad we didn't have more time together. Hope you got home safely.

Aunt Sue said...

I want some cookies! We did a lot over the holidays but the cookies never got made! The kids are darling wish we could have been there to add to the chaos and fun! Happy New Year!

Cristi said...

those cookies look pretty professional!