Thursday, January 6, 2011

2010 Christmaspalooza

we were so lucky to be able to go visit our families for Christmas. we left on Christmas Eve at 3:30am and boy, was it a long day. it finally ended after midnight mass and we went to bed at 2am. after that it was smooth sailing...lots of family, lots of food, lots of fun...

here's the week in pictures.

amid all the chaos of Christmas Eve. being silly with macee.
making fun of amanda's baby bump
Grandpa and the littles
a present for me? can i open it...can i open it?
pretty girls...maddy and macee
rylee's got bedhead, but still a cutie
macee didn't appreciate the paparazzi

santa was good to him...very good.

santa didn't forget toby!
buzz in action
the annual picture of the kids in front of the tree
he can't figure out what he wants to be. he is a mix of buzz and the conductor from Polar Express here.
toby needed an icepack after an unfortunate xbox incident
moving on from one crazy family to another...down to my grandmother's house see, i told you. crazy.
love her.

the ladies and the gents...
the whole gang
roman loves his big cousin, CJ
CJ got a heater...exciting stuff for a 16 year old boy, huh?
well, someone stole the heater and he ended up with wine!
ariah is a perfect fit!
uncle gene must have been a very good boy this year
finally! he was really hoping for a football helmet and nana saved the day!
"i'm Eagles man!"
sami, blaire, krista
colleen, me
pretty them!
mr. and mrs. joshua miller
roman wanted a hug, but ariah wasn't having it...
then, we moved on to mom's house...

josh just can't be serious
maybe i can't be either. what goofballs we are.

toy story 3
what? oh, do i have wrapping paper on my face?
um, i don't even know what to say about this
short bus kid
i know he looks sad, but he has new toys, he's pretty happy right now
isn't her "necklace" pretty?
playing captain hook with her kitchenaid dough hook
now it's his turn
a toast...
the boy and his toys
nice wrapping paper jay
while we were eating, relaxing, opening presents, and eating some more, this was happening outside.
and was blowing onto the patio too...
the view from my mom's bedroom window
the backyard
the snowboots excited him just a little, can you tell?

helping me up, what a gentleman
the dogs, rounding the corner, ears flying behind them
he was loving the snow
mommom's favorite snowbaby
shifting gears on the "tractor"

back to northern de, to poppop's house

a real flying buzz lightyear!
thanks aunt alex!
racing around the track at mimi's house...getting really good on his new bike
taking the corner like a pro
visiting grandpa...4 generations
double vision
at poppop's basketball practice
i think he's got basketball in his blood
stealing the ball from poppa

nice shot!
3 generations of amadas
roman loves his aunt alex
on our drive back to mimi's house, we spotted this house that had hmmm, maybe 837 inflatables in the yard. so, we turned around to go back and drive by. the owner happened to be on his roof, fixing one of the inflatables. to say that he likes Christmas would probably be an understatement...
i wasn't lying. 837. for real.
back down to mommom's.

his version of buddy the elf...
then, we headed to uncle josh and aunt colleen's house.

he loves riding a "tractor"

oh, and my crazy brother has a dune buggy. like, a street legal dune buggy. and he parks it in the garage. this is just hilarious to me.

and roman got to take a ride...

grandpa and grandma miller brought him a present too
thanks grandpa and grandma!
colleen got a nativity scene
josh got a gift card...
my sister-in-law colleen threw a surprise 30th birthday party for josh while we were there, and this was the cake her sister made. pretty awesome. also awesome was that i got to see a lot of my family one last time before roman and i left.
we had a fantastic time. i was grateful for all the time spent with family.

we were also anxious to get home. sleep in our own beds and get back on a routine. more sleep. less eating.

we got home early enough to be able to take a bike ride around the neighborhood. the weather was nice, so even though mimi's living room bike track was awesome, it was cool to be able to ride outside!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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