What a wonderful Christmas! We had an amazing time eating, drinking and playing! Laila and Jai were thrilled to be back with their cousins. Wilder, Finny, Marin and Jillian all had a blast hanging out, playing and watching movies. Rohan thought the whole thing was rather overwhelming. He wasn't happy unless I was within a foot of him the entire time.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of this but on our first evening in town Elizabeth, Jason, Manik, Arjun and I went bowling at this awesome new retro bowling alley. It was like old time and we all had a blast. Arjun, who is normally find bowling challenging, did fantastic! It was great to see him find his groove. Jason won every game but we gave him a run for his money. The bowling alley had tally sheets where you kept your score by hand. Manik, who grew up in a bowling alley, loved this! Throughout the night he was helping all the young people who played in the lane next to us keep score. I saw him repeatedly erase the "kids" score keeping and correct it. I found this very humorous.
On Christmas Eve we went to the early evening Mass and it was very eventful. Rohan thought this was a great opportunity to roam the isles. He made lots of friends. Wilder and Finny lasted their longest time yet, a whole 16 minutes. Wilder isn't such a big fan of God Love and decided he was better off just leaving. The rest of Mass was pretty normal and a nice reminder of the real meaning of Christmas. Manik and Elizabeth made dinner and it was out of this world! Like I said we did a lot of eating......and drinking :)
40 never looked so good!
Mama and her boys
E and Mom
Mom and I at church, saving pews
Roo not sitting in a pew
Caught ya Jai!
My baby and I
Grandma and her girls
My and My Love
Christmas morning we were woken by six very excited kiddos! There was zero organization and it was a wonderful mess of presents, wrapping paper and lots of smiles and excitement! Laila was very purposeful in her request for a Christmas present from Santa. She took weeks to come up with something to ask from Santa. She finally came to me late in December and asked for a musical instrument. She narrowed it down to a piano or a guitar. I was so thankful that Santa went with a guitar!
Jai wants only legos and legos alone! He was also quite happy with his Godfathers gift of a spiderman copter!
The sweetest Finny and his Ha-Hawk. He melts all our hearts.
Wilder got a bike, and no less than 15 minutes later he was a competent bike rider. Training wheels are for sissies!
Poor Roo was not the happiest of campers but I am pretty sure next Christmas things will go better for him :)
Preparing our next meal. We were always ready for another!
Manik and Mom
Jai and I working on one of many Lego sets that day.
I LOVE YOU FINNY!
Mar Mar, the most laid back chill kid!
Our hosts! Thank you for an wonderful Christmas! We love you guys, but were still number one!
Roo and his Godfather!
Scott and Jen
Christmas night a family friend of Jason and Elizabeth stopped by. Dylan turned out to play guitar and while Laila strummed he played the chords. She was mesmerized by the whole event. It was a beautiful gift and I love Dylan for doing that with her.
So cheers to all and a happy New Year!