Saturday, February 6, 2010

Christmas (Hey, it's only February!)

So, it's February-- maybe it's time to actually post pictures from Christmas!

Uncle Owen started our visit off on the right foot. He made Elliott pose with an (unloaded) gun. Elliott is boy enough to like guns, although not as quite as much since he saw one fired, and heard the noise it made!

My silly little girl snuggling Mommy and her blankie.

What are the kids so fascinated by?

Oh... chickens roosting in the kitchen.

Again, thanks to Uncle Owen.

Ashley points them out to Marilla.

Looking underneath the table, where they went to roost when Owen brought them in.

Thanks, Owen. Live chickens in the kitchen was what I always thought was lacking in our Christmas celebration.

And Ashley, sainted wife and aunt, cleaned up the little Christmas present the chickens left.

Evan with his Gameboy Advance. Even though he's 30, he was quite excited to buy that (used) in December. And Olivia, who was very silly and sprained her ankle in the haymow two days before Christmas.

The cousins going out to play! Of course, they only lasted a few minutes, but they were cute in all their padding!

Rilla, who has filched Cheyenne's corn bag.

Gilbert, just chilling.

Chilling in one of his favorite spots, the Bumbo. He was watching the fascinating...

Gingerbread house construction! Thankfully, the aunts and Evan had WAY too much patience and did this with the kids.

Golden tresses of my niece.

It was a group effort.

The cousins holding it while the frosting/glue dried.

The process took up quite a bit of time... and quite a bit of the table.

Cutting out gingerbread cookies with some of the extra dough Daddy made.

My beautiful, slightly sleepy-looking daughter.

The golden-haired child again. Hard to believe she had dark hair at birth.

The only tip I would give Bet is to NOT wear black turtlenecks on her daughters on baking day.

Elliott concentrating on his cookie-construction.

For some reason, I don't have a picture of the finished house, so this is the best I have. Pretty impressive, considering how many little hands touched it!

Candy decorations! Thanks to Aunt Bet for buying the kit-- and having the patience to deal with all the little kids helping!

Evan putting the finishing touches on his and Olivia's project-- a gingerbread barn!

Pretty impressive!

Little Marilla, who never had one sip from a bottle, was fascinated with this toy bottle.

Meg and Rocky, posing picturesque-ly for my camera's pleasure.

Kid's getting crazy with Aunt Bet's presents-- jingle bells with cool little animals attached.

Train on the back of the chair-- and poor Elliott's neglectful mother must have forgotten to button his onesie when I changed his diaper. How nice to think back to when Elliott wore diapers! :-)

Elliott hiding between the couch and the stair railing.

Smiley Orianna!

Elliott with his screaming slingshot monkey! Aunt Bet definitely knows the cool presents to get!

Rilla with Elliott's monkey. There were four monkey flying through the air for most of the day Christmas. Their arms are rubber, so you can shoot them like a slingshot. Of course, the kids figured out that they screamed just as satisfactorily if you just chucked them hard. The adults had fun aiming them at each other, though!

Orianna in her old-fashioned flannel nightie. Not sure what she's doing in this picture, but it's probably something slightly shady-- no toys on that shelf!

Rilla with her Playmobil. Grandma spoiled the kids-- they each got a little Playmobil set.

Tori helping Orianna with her set.

Cheyenne's birthday present from Aunt Bet-- perfectly awesome pink leather boots.

"Hmm, quite the picture, Rilla!"

"Why can't you just smile like your beautiful cousin?"

"Or at least look pensive and sweet?"

"Of course, your mother looks like she's picking her teeth in this picture..."

Well, scratch that about Lily's picture-taking manners-- that's quite the mouth of candy.

At least Cheyenne smiles nicely.

GREAT smile, Lily!

Uncle Evan is always popular when he's playing a game on the computer. In the bottom corner there is the Playmobil supermarket-- that got quite a workout!

Gilbert, in his own personal little ball house.

Cotten girls playing with the dollhouse.

Santa's helper is gorgeous.

Bet brought over some Madame Alexander Happy Meal toy dolls. The kids played with them the entire day, rather happily!

So now that I've posted Christmas pictures, I can go enjoy Florida beaches with a clear conscience! We're leaving Wednesday, can't wait to get down there-- the kids are beside themselves with excitement! And I guess I'm not exactly dreading it! :-)


Cecil and Amy said...

Louisville, Georgia is not TOOOOO far from Florida beaches, at least not TOOOOOO far from the route taking you to Florida beaches. Come come come. It could be just like when you came here on your way back from your honeymoon. (except you have 3 extra kids and a baby-in-the-belly) Scratch that similarity, I guess. BUT, you are STILL wecome!

Lisa said...

Great photos, thanks!!! I was actually getting here to add to Picasa.... so maybe when you get back? Enjoy Florida!! Orianna didn't have jet-black hair at birth tho, it was lighter than Miss B's and med. brown. Just for the record. =)