December 2012 - Part 2
The whole family was here by the 21st, I believe, so we were in full celebration mode! Because our kids are all getting older and we want to have our own traditions, the West Coast family members held Christmas at home before they came and we explained(lied) to the kids that Santa was going to come to their houses and Grandma's house this year. So I still had to make our house beautiful and festive even though we were spending most of our time at my mom's with the family. I actually love decorating! It is phase 1 of operation magic! Decorations were tricky this year with nine month old Wes on the prowl. This was a daily scene at our house!
Other than little things like this, we just hung out. This year was a bit of a downer because we passed around the stomach flu. There are 19 of us and only 3 didn't get sick....not good. But we still managed to play games, laugh and eat a lot of good food! The new favorite game this year was Weedle. I had never heard of it but it is awesome! It's a very loud game so it was hard to play without worrying we were waking up people. So Christmas Eve morning was actually when we celebrated Christmas with our kids. So we did the whole nine yards that morning....stockings, gifts, and a big breakfast to boot. It was amazing! The first Christmas where they really knew what was going on and our last first Christmas. It was little Wesley's first Christmas so it felt extra magical.