Family Christmas Gathering 2013

This past weekend was jam-packed with events, and I have tons of photos to share over the next few days, but I’ll start with one of my favorite annual events. On Saturday, after the Breakfast with Santa event, we headed out to my parents’ house to celebrate Christmas with my mom’s whole side of the family. I got to see most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. We’re all so spread out now, so it’s very rare for us all to be in the same place at once. I think this year was our biggest gathering ever. Since my cousins and I have started having kids, there are lots of little ones around now making these get togethers even more fun.

Rosen always loves seeing her cousin/BFF Hartley…

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And there was lots of baby-holding going on…

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Rosen got to meet some of her 2nd cousins for the first time ever, so that was really neat. I know she enjoyed having extra kids to play with.

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I love this photo below. My niece Landrey napping with her hands in the ayyyerrrr.

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I got to meet my cousin Jenny’s daughter, Harrison, for the first time. Isn’t she a cutie?!

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And another adorable little one–my cousin Daniel’s son, Joshua…

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Lots more baby holding…

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These three together…so cute. Rosen and Hartley became fast friends with their 2nd cousin, Juliana.

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When the boys in our family get together, there’s always a jam session…

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And more adorableness…

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After our big feast, we all gathered for our traditional Dirty Santa gift exchange. There were some good gifts this year that got stolen several times, so that always makes for an exciting game.

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I just love how our family keeps getting bigger and bigger as cousins get married and have kids. We’ve had so many new awesome new additions to the family over the past few years. It’s such a blessing to be part of such an amazing family.

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Speaking of new additions…my cousin Andrew got married earlier this year to Lizanne. Rosen kept her very busy playing Ring Around the Rosy 20 times in a row. She’s definitely a good sport!

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I’m already looking forward to next year. I know we’ll have at least one more new addition by then with our little guy. We’ll see if anyone else surprises us :-).

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