Dec 28, 2011

The Family Christmas Party

One of the big events we look forward to all year long is our annual family Christmas party with the Cline bunch.  We revived this tradition the first year that we had our house, so it has been going strong for 7 years now!  Aunt Ruby graciously volunteered to host the soiree this year, and we all really enjoyed being in her lovely home.  From the way the kids were eyeballing the pool, I think that most of them were wishing our summer gathering could be at Aunt Ruby's house as well.  Speaking of kids, here are three of our favorites: Madison, Benjamin, and Grace...  
Stella was eager to get a peek at Reid...
What a good looking couple! Wish we got to see more of these pretty faces...
Shannon's guest regaled Damon with tales of his son's exploits as a professional competitive eater.  I think Damon has a new life goal now and it involves Nathan's hot dogs...
Cille found this green pillow and claimed it as her own...
Looks comfy...
Every year Jeremy reads the Christmas story for the family.  The level of difficulty goes up each year, but this time he proved that he is a man who can multi-task.  When Cille wondered over and stuck her nose in the Bible, Jeremy just scooped her up and kept reading...
Benjamin was chagrined by my gift of batteries.  Turns out I had accidentally left the toy that the batteries went in at my in-law's house.  Oops!  Thankfully Pawpaw went back and got it for me.  Cille was just fascinated by everything Benjamin did...
She even ended up opening a couple of his presents for him...(Sorry, Benjamin!)
The latest addition to our family: Mrs. Potato Head!  Mr. Potato Head doesn't have to be lonely anymore!
Stella was thrilled with her magic reindeer food...
Another good looking couple...(They are the ones responsible for those pretty girl cousins Damon has!)
Cille had a tendency to be underfoot during the party and she pouted a little after she got tripped over...
But all she needed was some snuggling from Madison to turn that frown upside down...
Shoes!  Cille's favorite!
She didn't want to waste any time trying them on!
Chad, Alaina, Reid, and possibly the most appropriate bib ever for this bunch...
I love how this picture makes Cille look so gentle and interested in her baby cousin.  She was actually just trying to steal his noonie...
Our two newest family members had people lining up to love on them...
As you can see, Stella had a great time playing with Anna...
Cille was in hog heaven with all the attention the big kids gave her...

All the excitement had the twins "Tucker"-ed out...
Cille loved cuddling with Kelly...
...even though she refused to look at the camera for me...
As the evening wore on, even Stella got a little sleepy...
But Uncle Chad helped her perk up...
Madison found the way to Cille's heart...through an iPhone!


Benjamin was trying to take Cille's picture but instead of posing all she would do was yell for him to give her back the iPod...
Our whole family had a wonderful time hanging out and celebrating the birth of our Savior.  Can't wait to see you all at the crawfish boil!

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