All of our family Christmas festivities this year are particularly exciting for us because they don't require traveling 12+ hours as they have in years past. Instead, we got to wake up at our own house, drive 45 minutes to Daphne to spend the day with Dan's family, and then we were back home by 6:00 p.m., with the kids in their own beds by 7:00. This is the first time this has happened since we had children!
We left our house around 10:00 a.m. - first stop: Dan's aunt and uncle's house.
Sis (Dan's mom's twin sister) and Uncle Larry always host a Christmas Eve family lunch at their house.
Here was the crowd this year:
cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great grandparents, sisters, brothers, in-laws...
what a blessing!
I am so thankful for this large family who has absorbed me
into their wild, wonderful, loving, crazy midst.
from left to right:
Dan's aunt, sister, cousin Kylie, me, Dan's mom
Dan with his Grandaddy, whom he was named for
the grandparents....oh so much love for these.
he certainly can't deny these are his children!
There were 8 cousins, 6 years old and younger - can you even imagine the fun they had?! And the fights? And the tears? And the laughter? So many happy memories they're making.
After eating and exchanging gifts and talking and laughing and telling old stories,
we headed to Dan's parents house for our gift exchange:
The cousins exchange gifts,
and Dan's parents have gifts for everyone.
They are always very generous,
and we are always well aware that it comes from a heart of love.
Aunt Kenzie gave Lana a dictionary that she used as a little girl,
and Lana was over the moon excited! So sweet.
Lana's big gift from the grandparents were gymnastics lessons,
which she has been dying for, and is so excited about.
Tucker's big gift was this super-rad bike!
Dan's grandfather is in his 80's - aren't you amazed at him out there running around pushing Tucker?! He is the definition of only being as old as you feel.
We Davis' have so much to be thankful for.