Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Last Christmas Celebration!

This past weekend we traveled down to West Bend, IA for our final Christmas celebration.  The kids were completely excited at the thought of opening more presents, spending a weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's, and hanging out with their cousins!

When we arrived on Friday afternoon, everything was pretty normal and under control.  The only other visitors at that time were Shelly (Rob's sister) and her family (husband and two little girls).  And I guess Jon (Rob's brother) was a visitor from college.  But, my point is, things were fairly tame. 

That night, Shelly and Kerry introduced us to a new board game.  It's called Settlers of Catan and it pretty much consumed our free time from there on out.  It's a strategy game which I have never really cared for in the past, but this game was a lot of fun!  Unfortunately, it also is a very long game and usually took us around 2 hours to complete which meant we were all heading to bed around 11:30pm and waking up with kids 6 hours later.  And Shelly, check out Kerry's eyes.  Seems to me you now know how he wins at home so much...having a little looksie at your cards! (Just kidding Kerry).

On Saturday morning the rest of the bunch, and five additional kids arrived.  There were 10 grandkids present ages 8 (almost), 4, 4, 3, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, and 10 months.  Just to give you an idea of the craziness Patti and Bob had on their hands having us all there!  Taylor (the oldest) generously packed up all her old princess and dress up things and gave each 2 year old girl their very own princess backpack full of girly gear!  Ellie was in heaven!

I can't believe I used to think she was going to be a tomboy.  I'm in trouble.

On Saturday afternoon, when almost everyone was awake (Kaitlyn, 10 months, was sleeping but we were assured she wouldn't mind), the kids were allowed to open their presents.  Chaos ensued.

For some, the commotion was a bit much.

Riley retreated to the safety of Dad's legs to decompress and read a book.

On Saturday night the adults had a gift exchange game.  Our family walked away the proud owners of a cute "Welcome" sign for our house and a Snuggie.  I have to say, aside from the massive amounts of static electricity it generates, the Snuggie isn't so bad.

Sunday, everyone came back for more food and fun.  And tackling.

The boys decided Uncle Jon was a good target.

We polished off a great weekend with some birthday cake.  Hunter turned one year old on December 29th.  Perhaps the greatest day of the year a person could be born...in my completely biased opinion.

Thanks for another great Christmas celebration Runchey's!

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