Christmas this year was fun and busy. We had Grandma’s, Aunt’s and Uncle’s, and cousins over to our house for a couple of days. When we set the table for Christmas dinner, we had 30 place settings. We ate lots of food, played lots of games, and laughed and laughed together. Even exercised together. Well, some of us did. There were multiple Nerf wars, involving just about every child and male adult in the house. We got the children Nerf guns last Christmas and they had so much fun with them all year long that Eric thought it would be a good idea to add some more ammunition and guns. And fun it was! I think we have 9 guns now and 50 balls. Makes for a very big and loud fight!
Paintball games were also a highlight. Eric and the boys have been talking and dreaming about this for a long time. And now that we have our own property that is big enough to do this on, it made the perfect Christmas gift for the older children. Eric brought out all his old Army clothes and everyone got dressed up to play. They spent all afternoon playing until dark. I see many paintball games in the future here.
The day after Christmas, everybody decided that it was time to get in some exercise. Even the little children got in on it. I looked out my kitchen window and it looked like there was a 5K race going past my house. Some running, some walking, it was quite a site. After they finished, the P90X was put in and my living room turned into an exercise room. The children were the most entertaining. Watching Michael with his incredible bursts of energy made me think I need to have the children do this everyday.
Christmas breakfast quiche and apple pie I made.
Let the games begin!
Trying out his new wheels before Eric finished building it.
Jules loves the paper.
Maryann loves to be a princess
This was the most original and creative gift given. Josh collected a bag full of dirt and found an old piece of wood and gave it to Eric.
“I thought you really needed this Dad.”
Setting the tables for Christmas Dinner
Eric’s Aunt and cousin
The only way to eat olives in this house!
The cousins table for Christmas Dinner
I found a fun pack of festive paper plates and napkins at Costco. They also had this shiny silver plastic spoons and forks that looked real.
So clean up was real easy.
Flux…the favorite game of the weekend.
Eric’s sister and her husband
The after run workout
Me taking pictures on my new camera. thanks Eric!
Paintball games in the cold and rain. But definitely very fun.
Laura was a real trooper. She was the only girl out there and she held her own. And had fun doing it!