|Our ward party did a great job of setting the scene and making the story come to life.|
We also had several celebrations with family. The first came last Sunday at Sandy's house. We had our traditional Chinese dinner (not sure how that one started) followed by playing the game "Celebrity" and then our white elephant exchange.
|Google auto-awesomed a few pictures of the tree and made it twinkle. Magic. :)|
(Especially since I don't remember them actually twinkling in person.)
|Somebody has been playing with fireplace tools. |
Thank you, Rachel, for cleaning him up.
|I insisted on having chopsticks for the meal.|
Much to my surprise, both of my kids used them with no problem.
|See? They did better than many of the adults.|
|Ethan, Phoebe and Johnny shared the couch, as always.|
|Wyatt came for the first time in a few years. It was great to see him.|
While we could see Emma in person, it's not so easy here because
I was taking pictures in the dark without a flash, so any movement causes blur.
|I think the blur that Phoebe is holding is an EZ Foot scrubber.|
|View from the hearth: Ellie, Sandy, Cole and Megan|
|Bridget came with us so that we didn't have to leave her home alone.|
|Johnny put Ellie up on his shoulders even though she was eating.|
Now that's cousin love!
|Just chillin'. Sandy, congratulations for fitting your butt in the tall chair!|
|John, I think shaking the presents before choosing is cheating.|
And cameras don't lie.
|Rachel with her blurry friend Nate.|
The cheese balls came home with me.
On Christmas Eve, we spent time with Grandma and Grandpa Selvage.
|Another auto-awesomed Christmas tree. I have to admit this one needed it. :)|
|This little elf is awesome all by herself.|
No assistance from Google needed.
|Tommy added his own lighting accent by finding Grandpa's flashlight again. |
It's his favorite thing to do here, surpassing even Christmas gift opening.
|Grandma Selvage loves giving gifts, so Christmas is the perfect holiday for her.|
|Tommy really liked Ellie's new doll. Or at least the stroller it came in.|
Ellie was nice and let him have a turn, but it wasn't easy for her to get it back from him.
|Finally, with quite a bit of intervention,|
Ellie gets her doll and stroller back.
|Every year we have taken their picture together in this chair.|
Then Christmas Day, we stayed in for time with just our family.
|Tommy kept neglecting his own gifts, leaving them unopened in a pile while he took care of opening everyone else's gifts. Here, he raided Tom's stocking for a chocolate bar.|
|Is it my imagination, or is the doll laughing too?|
|I think the animal Ellie spies here is Bridget.|
Google "auto-awesomed" a summary of my year from the photos that I uploaded. I thought it was pretty cute, so here it is for you to enjoy...