Chaos is King!
Chaos reigns when my family gets together. BUT the morning started quietly. I put on the coffee and a little soft Christmas music while someone went to wake Taylor and Sheldon. I had all my children with me except Michael but Sheldon was here kind of holding his spot. I got my camera and we were ready to go.
Phone rings! Yes! I didn't guess I'd be this lucky. It was Michael. We all got a chance to speak with him. We didn't get cut off and John and I got to talk twice. He said he had the next couple days off and would spend it working out and playing ping-pong. We got a ping-pong table the day before set up in the barn. What a co-inky-dink. Lots of talk about kicking ass in ping-pong between the brothers ensued. Everyone said their "I love you's" and just in case we didn't have the chance we wished him a Happy Birthday. Michael's birthday is the 30th. He will be 21. So I got everything I could have hoped for right there at the top of the day.
Everyone was pleased with their gifts. Johnny got some grills as a joke from Taylor and had quite the day posing w/them. All day I had to see those hideous things.
My family started arriving and before you know the house was filled with noise. I think it was a little overwhelming to Taylors boyfriend Sheldon who is from a smaller family. We are always trying to talk over each other and we get silly and some of us (my brother Joe)get a little...catty? (would that be the right word Carla?) Anyway instead of buying gifts for everyone we had a $20 gift exchange. We played the game where you pick a number and take a gift from the pile or steal a gift someone already got. It was too fun. It was about the game and not the gift which I like. But it was pretty ruthless as we all know each other so well. A few shots...
So you get the idea. We had a lot of fun. The bottle of Bordeaux that was the gift most often stolen in the game was shared by the thieves.
Here are a few more photos as we headed for the table.
Joe picked on Mom.
Sisters, sisters. There were never such devoted sisters.
There was the obligatory kitchen sink mishap which John fixed. (I think it was a shot glass ground up in the disposal by Taylor but they avoided mentioning it to me.
After dinner it started...
But there were still a few of us waiting for dessert...
John G. went for the many little slices of everything.
Johnny went for the mostly whipped cream with a side of pie.
So that's about how it went. Sorry to bore some of you. I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas.