Wednesday, January 2, 2008

christmas 2008

we made it through the holidays. whew. now i need a week to recouperate! instead of attempting to recap the entire season, i'll share a few highlights.

*christmas party with the mason family - great clam chowder, salads and chocolate cake! pat & cliff (mike's mom & her hubby) were in town, so the festivities were even grander. here is the annual photo of the cousins on the stairs, minus tommy.

*not such a grand moment, but luke falling and bonking his head on the coffee table and having a small dent in his forehead. thank goodness he heals quick!

*having my sister and her family here from california for the holidays. it was fabulous! i don't realize how much i miss them until they come for a visit and then have to leave. it was fun times.

*hanging out at mom & dad's christmas eve...great food once again, fun conversation and having all the grandkids together (except jake) to take a photo in their jammies from santa. *sock hand sofi.

*christmas morning. it was magical. the look on max's face when he saw "just what i wanted" in his stocking from santa. oh, to be a kid again.

*the look on lindsay's face when she saw what i made the nieces for christmas.

*what i made the nieces - girly tutus. they looked darling!

* luke being 100% content to find every single candy cane in everyone's stockings, on the tree and anywhere else they were stashed...oh the joy on his face!

*finally, after 7 years, pulling off a surprise for mike! i think he was honestly surprised at his gift this year.

*thinking i knew exactly what mike was giving me, and being extremely surprised at what was wrapped up for me under the tree. i love being surprised.

*christmas morning at the benson's (mom & dad's) and seeing mom cry over her gifts. (and crying with her)

*having jake open his definitely not too short waders!

*the little tikes cars nana sue & papa randall got for luke & izzy. what a hit!

it was an amazing christmas. it was so good to be with my family and feel the love we all have for one another. i am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband, great kids and amazing parents. (which makes for pretty super siblings, too!) it's always a lot of work and plenty of chaos, but the smiles on faces and hugs and tears make it all so grand. magical.


Nana Sue said...

Suni I couldn't have said it any better, you're right on!! Maybe we have found true happiness....togetherness with our family members!!! I love all the photos, the kids really do make it even more magical! Thanks for helping to make it such a terrific Christmas! Guess I better get my blog updated too....
Hugs and love to you all!!

Corinne said...

I love big family Christmas gatherings. It looks like you had such a lovely time!!