Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Eve Festivities

I can't believe it's New Year's Eve already! I've really been lazy between Christmas and now! So be prepared for a few posts today, so I can get caught up before 2011 begins.

We spent Christmas with Joe's family in Portland. It was a nice relaxing weekend with family.

On Christmas Eve, we invited our friends over so we could give gifts to their kids. One of their little girls, Marleigh, was the flower girl at our wedding. We were really happy to see them during the holiday, even though everyone was so busy.

Marleigh and McKenna

Zander as the center of attention. :)

Zander opening his gift - a dump truck. (Joe almost kept it for himself he liked playing with it so much. I suppose all men are just big boys at heart, huh?)

Marleigh and me.

After we visited with them for a bit, it was time to head over to Joe's sister and brother-in-law's house for Christmas Eve dinner. This is one of the things that Joe has missed the most since we moved away - his brother-in-law's cooking!

Cindy and Shane with the famous prime rib.

Family getting ready for dinner.

My in-laws.

After dinner it was time to open gifts. Everyone was very sweet and generous and we were gifted a lot of great things.

Me and my husband. :)

Sam, Dalton, and Zach opening the last of their gifts. (Look at that mess behind them!)

Cindy with her fur-nephew. Doesn't Jackson look so happy?

It was a great night and I have to say, I'm pretty lucky to have this family as my in-laws. :)


  1. Heh, it's not just men! The last time we went home for Christmas, I had the most fun playing with the train my mother in law had set up to go around the tree. So much fun I didn't want to stop to eat dinner. :-P

    Happy New Year!

  2. Yes, Jackson looks sooo happy in that photo - is it because he got a little prime rib that night too? Great photos, as always Heather. It's nice to have wonderful family whether they are in-laws or not :-)

  3. @Kristine haha, that is too funny. But trains are pretty awesome, for sure. I'd love to get one for around our tree!

    @Kim He wishes! As far as I know, he did not get any meat. But who knows, Joe and his parents can be weak when Jackson gives them that sweet grin. :)