Christmas cousin dress-up time at Grandma's! We opened boxes and emptied stockings with matching jammies, outfits, and lots of other little delights.
We used up one gift right away...shooting skeet against the Blue Ridge back-drop. It was really mild weather for the end of December!
Family times always require special foods. This year's Christmas dinner ended with creamy cheesecake and homemade raspberry topping.
The hubby and I took a night away to celebrate 15 years of marriage. It was a couple months later than our anniversary but grandparents gladly kept the children. Unfortunately many of them and the cousins got a tummy bug while we were away meandering through art galleries and enjoying an elegant urban bed & breakfast.
The bigger family holiday gathering brought in more cheerful cousins.
We toured the old homeplace Grandaddy-Great built as a field trip down memory lane (and learning experience for us younger ones.)
We ripsticked and learned to ripstick.
We skyped with missing family.
We ate burritos, fruit, chicken, salad, cake, veggies, bread, snacks, and more.
We climbed all over the playset.
We balanced on the zip line.
We looked at pictures.
We dabbled on the piano.
We played the name game.
We opened money cards.
We chatted, discussed, explained, and caught up.