Saturday, December 19, 2009

Annual Family Christmas Party

Every year my family gets together for Christmas. Since some of the cousins are spread out there have been years where we don't get together until Jan or even Feb (1 yr). This year there were just a few of us missing but we made it work.

Getting the kids together for pics can be brutal. We tell them if they don't cooperate they don't open their presents--sounds simple right? HA!! Out of 8 cousins (there's actually 12 of us on my Dad's side), 4 of us were there with our kids. There was a 10 yr old, 3 eight year olds, a six yr old, 2 five yr olds & a four yr old.....that's crazy enough!!
The 3 crazy eight year olds.2 of the 8 year olds....
Ready to rip open their presents....
The 5 year olds.....
Gianna scored "pix-os". She was thrilled. Mommy was not (think small tiny little balls bouncing all over the house) but I'm making the most of it.

Marissa scored a pretty this purse & matching wallet, a necklace & lip gloss. She's in full blown "tween" mode!!
The cousins. My sister Maria, my cousin Carmela & her sister Maria & me. Yes they are both Maria's. Believe it or not on my Dad's side there are 6 Maria's!! It was real fun at family get togethers figuring out which Maria the parents were calling.
After we took this pic we bolted out. The snow was coming down non stop & we wanted to get home while we could. Somehow I had the honor of driving home. I haven't driven in that kind of weather in ages! By the time I got home my stomach was in knots from being tense the whole ride home but the girls were happy & we got to relax the rest of the night.

1 comment:

{Susan...Seriously.} said...

i love seeing posts like this. i miss our family get togethers and now we are soooo far away from ANY family. totally stinks.

{lucky you with the pixos-k keeps asking for them, too and i keep telling her that i don't think santa is going to bring them-eek!}

merry christmas!!