Monday, January 12, 2009

Our Belated Family Christmas Dinner

With moving and the weather we just had all 8 of the kids and their families over for a Christmas dinner on Saturday. It was so nice! There were just a few presents, mainly for the little kids, but that didn't even seem to matter to anyone. Earl had a great time talking to my boys. This is Jesse and Jeremy. I made the boys favorite Broccoli Soup with garlic bread from when they were little and Earl made the younger kids favorite Chicken Noodle Soup. Then we had all kinds of other things to eat too, but the soups were the big hit.
My two oldest granddaughters, Sabrina and Vivianna, are growing into beautiful young girls and my DIL looks so cute with her little baby belly. She is due May 31st with a boy!!! Vivianna had gotten an iPod for Christmas so I spent some time with her uploading songs. It was fun spending the time with her. I learned that she likes Demi Lavota and The Jonas Brothers.
When I was moving I found the boys old sports cards. Chad was so excited and couldn't wait to go through them. He gave Ezie a couple, but he wanted to take them home and really go through all of them. I also had found and washed the boys stuffed animals from when they were little. I couldn't believe how excited they were to see there old stuffed friends. Jeremy gave his first Teddy Bear to his son Austin, Jesse took his Smurf Bunny to give to Jesse, Jr. when he is born in May or June, and Daniel took some of his for Jordan and T.J. It was fun seeing the smile on the boys faces and talking about the memories they had.
The twins and Jace had a great time in the pac-n-play. The twins didn't want to stay off the stairs so this was the answer and they didn't seem to mind. Mallory felt so pretty in her new dress that I got the night before at Wal-Mart for $4.00.
This is Daniel.
I had found this blanket that my sister, Cathy, had made for Jesse when he was born. Cathy was only 12 or so and she embroidered all of the Sesame Street characters on the blocks and stitched the quilt together. Jesse was really excited to see it and took it home for his new son.
Here is a picture of my daughter Lexie and me. I don't know where that extra chin came from on me?? Damn!
All in all it was a wonderful night. My DIL Jenn is due next Tuesday with their first baby and she is so cute (and uncomfortable) being pregnant. My new grandson Austin got passed around and enjoyed by all. The little kids all had fun playing and the older kids all had fun going through their memories I had stored away for them. I'm so glad I kept some of their things from when they were little. It made a great night for all! I'm so lucky to have such a great family!!!


Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Sherry
I enjoyed seeing your wonderful family Christmas. You have a lovely family and sound to have had a great time. The soup sounds delicious.
Thanks for sharing this happy occasion. I am excited for your DIL.
Best Wishes

Rannyjean said...

Terrific report and what a beautiful family!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Sherry! You have such a beautiful family. I'm glad you got to have your Christmas dinner. One nice things about moving is you find things. I hope you are loving your new home:) Twyla

robyn said...

I saw on Oprah about giving your older kids a lot of their old things brought more joy to them then giving them new things. I am glad the kids liked all their old stuff. I think that double chin comes from the Ruth/Russell side of the family. I believe most of us have one which is why I tend to hold my chin up when I have my picture taken.

mysteryhistorymom said...

What a special evening, Sherry! You are so pretty, Sweetie! It was fun seeing your beautiful smiling face! Another little angel baby is coming?! Lucky you!!! Lori

Lisa West said...

You are very welcome. So glad you like you new house and wow, what a big beautiful family. Many Blessings, Lisa

Cathy said...

Hey, the chin keeps us all connected right? Double chins - well, Sophia points mine out often and is seriously hoping for the Kramer chin rather than the Wescott chin. So sad. I am blaming the stomach on heridity too - it makes me feel better!

I had tears in my eyes when I saw the blanket. I forgot about that until I saw it but then remembered feeling so excited to give it to Jesse. Thanks for that memory.

Love you lots

JessS said...

I'm glad you guys had such a good time and that you all were able to get together. Tell Jesse and Fatima I said Congrats on having a boy, i'm sure the are very excited, and make sure to keep us posted on Jenn and Chad!

Angela Harris said...

It's wonderful to see your whole family so happy. Did you get my package I sent a while ago with the check for the shipping costs and a few other goodies.
That's such a good pic. of you and your daughter.

My DIL made this up using the pictures of my 5 oldest boys. So funny!

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