Dec 3, 2016

Family Christmas Party, Part 2

For the reading of the Christmas story, we did a left and right pass around game for the little kids (with some help from the sweet teenagers).  Our goal was to keep the younger ones engaged and prevent fidgeting, but for future reference, the story went on waaaaay too long and the kids lost interest before the Christ child actually made His appearance...




I think you can tell that this activity didn't go so well by the enthusiastic look on Watts's face...


Soon it was time for the adult game.  There are many different names for this game, but you basically draw a number, choose a gift to open or steal one from somebody who already opened it, and whoever draws number one gets one final steal at the end of the game...


There were several interesting gifts under the tree...
Like this toilet light that Uncle Firth got.  I seriously think Watts could use one of these...

One of these sisters loves the camera, and one hates it.  Guess who hates it?
Aunt Ruby loves her some Reid!

Shannan got an LSU themed scarf, which I think Madison will steal from her, and Mike LOVED his bird feeder.  I am confident he did not already have one like it...
I am sure Jeremy is getting lots of use out of his selfie stick...

3 generations...




We ended the night enjoying hearing the family musicians play the piano.  I think next year we need to do Christmas carols with musical accompaniment...



Mawmaw Shirley was still not loving the camera, but the camera sure loves Shannan and Selena!
Kids love Jeremy...
...and he might need some help because he's under attack...

Uncle Ryan stayed late and entertained us with his travel advice.  He gives Dollywood 5 stars...
These two crack me up...
It was great to have (almost) everyone together to celebrate the season.  I am so glad that our family makes this special gathering a priority.  I hope that 2017 brings us lots more time with the rest of the Clines!

Family Christmas Party, Part 1

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  We kicked our December off the right way by hosting the annual Cline Family Christmas Party and getting to spend time with lots of great family members, like these two handsome guys right here...
And this sweet boy, smiling around his bite of finger sandwich...
Cille and Stella were having a blast with Anna...

Claire was too busy playing with her cousins to pose for pictures with Mom and Dad...
I think Lily wanted somebody to hold her...

We moved some furniture around in the keeping room to make it more party friendly...
The boys had a blast playing together...

Reid was pretending to be Ironman and Watts was pretending to be Captain America...
We found Claire!


Aunt Ruby is always ready for her close-up!
Uncle Benny and his baby girl...
Lacie and ones of her big boys...
What was so fascinating, you might wonder?  We played a slideshow full of pictures from family parties past.  It was fun to see how everyone changed over the years...
Corinne had lots of fun with Aunt Lacie...
Where was Kellie?  Did she not know this picture was happening?
Damon's idea to block off the kids kitchen with the couch resulted in lots of kids playing in a kitchen behind a couch...
...and loving it!
Did I mention we made Madeline an honorary Cline?  We love her so much we can't do without her...
Everyone was feeling the love!
More party fun to come!