Christmas was a blast! We had seventeen people at our house -- Ben and me, eleven of the twelve children, my 85-year-old mom and two of our daughters' boyfriends. In fact, one of the boyfriends belongs to our missing daughter, Logan, who is a foreign exchange student in Germany this year, so she was represented in proxy. I could write more about Christmas, but since a picture says a thousand words, I've posted enough pictures to equal nearly 50,000 words. I'll let them do the talking.
What a pile of presents! We attempted to keep Christmas low key by purchasing one large family gift and limiting our purchases to a couple of small presents for each child. The kids, however, had different ideas. By the time every child bought a gift for each of his or her other siblings, the pile under our tree was colossal!!
Reid loved the new blankie I knitted for her. I originally started knitting it for Ephraim long before we ever traveled to Vietnam eight months ago, but it took me so long to knit it, Ephraim had another favorite by the time it was finished. While I knitted, Reid would sit in my lap, rub on the blankie, and suck her thumb, so I knew she'd love it for herself.
Brooke. Notice the bow on Ephraim's head. He was much more interested in the bows than opening presents.
As I said, Ephraim was interested in the bows. Our granddaughter, Micah, however, was definitely more interested in opening the presents.
Nonny received one of the baskets that Jensen, Barrett, Keaton, Reid, Bailey, Thomas, Ben and I all made for grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Ben, the warlock. We gave Micah a pile of dress-up clothes for Christmas, and I think everyone ended up wearing something from the pile before the day was over.
We gave Nonny a Wii for Christmas last year and Dance, Dance, Revolution for her 85th birthday. She plays with them quite a lot, so hopefully she'll enjoy Wii Fit also.
Is Ben a witch doctor? Bad pun, huh? I gave Ben several new lab coats for Christmas. His old ones were so worn out they were disgraceful!
An excited Sasha. Sasha loves to build anything and everything, so Bailey and Thomas gave him his own power tool set.
Riley and Sasha chillin' in the new hot tub.