When we got back to Spouse's sister's house they were at Christmas eve church service so we had a little time to feed and walk the dogs and enjoy a few minutes of quiet. A little while later the family returned from church, Spouse's brother and sister-in-law arrived, Spouse's other brother and 2 of his adult kids arrived, and the birthday party began!
Yes, Spouse's mom's birthday is also Christmas eve so we have a birthday party with a birthday cake to make sure she doesn't get cheated out of a proper birthday celebration.
|Spouse and our nephew "baby David" icing the birthday cake while Spouse's brother supervises|
|Spouse's sister at the kitchen sink, our nephew Tommy at the table, and our niece April.|
|The dessert table was overflowing|
|Our niece Anna's daughter Gabby in her new recliner.|
|"Baby David", Spouse, and "Baby Eric"|
|"Baby Eric, Gabby (an actual baby), and her mother Anna|
|Gabby eating a cracker in her recliner in front of the Christmas tree|
|Marvin on a pillow on Spouse's lap|
|Walter on my lap|
Mon morning after a leisurely breakfast of coffee and left-over breakfast casserole, we packed up and headed back to DE. The boys slept silently the entire ride home, and then both curled up on our laps and napped while we relaxed and watched TV.
It was a wonderful, wonderful Christmas! No arguments, fights or family drama this year. Just lots of love, laughter, food, family, and joy. Jeez... we almost sound like a 'normal' family.