Ok, before I hit Christmas I must touch on what happened before the big day:

Elle did an awesome job at her orchestra performance.

I got to get together with a couple of my high school girlfriends and it was SO great to get caught up.

Joseph some how made it in the tub with Lucy and her princesses.

Elle and I hosted our mother/daughter book club. The book was called “Savvy” and Elle did a great job being the master of ceremonies with her questions and such.

The kids had their piano recital. My fav. part was Max and Elle’s duet. (Isn’t their piano teacher cute sitting there in the back? Love her.)
Lucy kept herself occupied with her princesses. Have I mentioned how much I love those “guys?”

I single-handedly sent out all 375 Christmas cards…my kids were so excited they didn’t have to help me stuff when they got home from school.

I had a special date with my “little girls” one night while Max and Elle were gone with friends. Oh man I love these girls.

Grace and I both got haircuts. We cut a ton off of Grace’s. I’m so mad we didn’t get the “after” picture until after she played in the rain with cousins all night.

Nana hosted a few different “Nana sleepovers” with the different groups of grand kids. The kids thought it was the best year yet.
Max finished his volleyball season (hallelujah!). He sure learned SO much this year. I’m so proud of him.

We have tons of cousins in town. We’ve been able to have some serious time with them and we’ve loved soaking them in.

I got to go to lunch with my mother-in-law and sis-in-laws. I don’t know how I got so lucky to get to be related to them.

We went caroling on this HUGE hay/sleigh ride with the Young Women & Young Men. We got pelted and soaked to the bone with rain, which sure made it memorable!

I gave Dave his first Christmas gift…re-organizing and re-painting the pantry. He likes organization. (So do I but man alive it’s hard to keep a pantry organized.)

We had our annual Christmas program with my in-laws, including a talent show and the cousin “White Elephant” gift exchange.This above picture was when Nana was reciting a funny poem…do you think the kids liked it?

As “luck” would have it, Lucy was the second to open gifts and opened this giant vat of cheese balls. She hugged them like this the rest of the game: My sister-in-law miraculously was able to trade her for a pack of markers in the end (thank you, Angela!)

I love watching everyone’s faces during the gift exchange. The kids switch around gifts and it’s pretty entertaining.
This above one was when Elias got some girly friendship bracelets.

The cousins:
The gifts:
Ok, now on to edit all the Christmas stuff…and hang out with cousins…have I mentioned how much I love school vacations?

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  1. I would love to hear more details about the Mother/Daughter Book club – what a fantastic idea. How did you run it with the girls?? Would love to try this with my girls – Thanks for being so inspiring 🙂

  2. you have been busy! love the pic of lucy with the cheese balls and I'd hate to see them come into my house because I have a chippie monster 2 year old!

    oh and in our house we call it a pantry intervention! I have all the tupperware containers for everything but it's all over the shop so my accountant husband who likes order does it for me every few months. Then he makes me promise to keep it clean but I don't have time!

    hope you get a rest after all of that busy-ness


  3. 375 Christmas cards?!!! holy moly!! i thought we knew a lot of people. you have my respect…and condolences!! looks like a great holiday so far. what an awesome family!

  4. Hey Shawni…I've got a question…where did you have your Christmas cards printed so that you could get them cut out in a special shape? I've been wanting to do something like that. (file the idea away for next year.)

    You, Maureen and Marie look just like you all did in high school!


  5. Maybe we better have a cousin's Christmas party in July! This looks SO fun! What a great group of kids! That's what you get when you have nine kids and 35 (about) grandchildren.

    So glad I got to play that piano duet with Max and Elle when I was there! At least I can hear it in my mind!

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