On Christmas Eve this year, Tara and Co. hosted the annual Christmas Eve Open House since Mom and Dad Parker were heading to VA to spend Christmas morning with Nicole and her family. The kiddos and I did some baking and fixed the BBQ* and trifle, while Rick and Devin finished up the shopping.
We headed over to the Wyatts' house around 2 PM. There was a lot of great food and even better company. We got to see Janie and her crew and my Uncle Butch and Aunt Pat. Josh and Ashley even come to hang out with us.
Before the Christmas Eve service at LHC we headed back to the house for Josh and Ashley to open their gifts. We even got a book and some socks for the baby even though they were not able to find out if it is an Audriana or a Jayden yet. I think I will spank him/her when she comes out for being so stubborn =)
The service at church was very nice and we got to see the Siars who moved a few months ago.
We took Josh and Ashley home and then headed home ourselves to open the traditional one gift on Christmas Eve. The PJs were a hit! Rick read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and then we set out some milk and a plate for Santa with some cookies and a pickle** for the reindeer.
The kiddos headed to bed (even Devin and Cody) without too much trouble. Kari came out a few times to go to the bathroom, saying her stomach was excited, but she did not get sick this year!
I had a few things to wrap and Rick headed to Walgreen's for something last minute.
Around 11 PM, there was a knock at the door. When we answered it, "Secret Santa" had left some presents on the steps for the kiddos. We put those under the tree and were in bed by 1 AM. I think that is a record for us!
Here are some pictures from the day***.....
Some of the cookies we made
Josh and Ashley opening their stockings
Josh and Ashley opening gifts
Noah makes a cute present!
Opening the traditional PJs
Rick reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to Kari and Noah
*Sloppy Joe for all you Southern folks
**Why can't I ever remember to have carrots for the reindeer on Christmas Eve??
***Of course the pictures are of bad quality. Santa didn't bring a camera and my cell phone camera stinks!