Everything was ready and the tables were set!
All the work we did on Friday made for a relaxed Christmas Eve.
The food was ready to pop in the oven.
The desserts were set out and I had a table full of appetizers to nibble on before dinner.
We had set 4:00 as our time to gather.
I have a saying:
You can ALWAYS be late!!
But don't EVER be early!!!
I was completely ready and waiting at 3:30!
I poured a small glass of wine, sat down in the gazebo and put my feet up to read a bit.
Ben was the first to arrive followed by Jesse and his family.
Meet my newest grand dog - Angel!
Leigh Ann held her much of the evening and she is just the best puppy!
Benjamin, Levi and Faith.
Kailey was fascinated with Angel.
By 5:30 the house was full of family!
Louis Dean waited patiently in the living room to play the guitar for Harrison to sing Away in the Manger.
I LOVE this pic of Logan!
We decided to sing some carols before dinner and Harrison got in place with his 'paper.'
Granddad had printed a copy and went over a few key words for him earlier in the week.
Louis Dean couldn't sing since he'd had an allergy/asthma attack.
This Texas weather is ridiculous!!! Second Christmas in a row to need the A/C!!
Faith sat with the quads in the den for dinner.
This is the first Christmas for the quads to sit at a table.
Last year we used the small chairs they sit on outside and put them around the coffee table.
They are growing up!!
The rest of us ate together in the dining room with Sam and Levi at the 'grown ups table!'
Then it was time for gifts!!!
Amber does a good job of giving them out to everyone and does it in an organized manner!
Faith is really interested in baking so we were all excited to see her open her presents.
Levi is into wrestling so he was happy with his gift from Aunt Amber!
Aunt Leigh Ann and Faith knew just exactly what the quads would love!!
It was so much fun watching everyone!
Every gift seemed to be a perfect match!
Gift cards for teenagers are always well received!
Even Angel received a present!
It was a wonderful Christmas Eve! No stress. No tension.
We all simply enjoyed being together.
Uncle Ben was so popular with ALL the kids!
My two sons.....
Jesse and Angel......
Louis Dean and I put our gifts to the quads in the gazebo as they were hard to wrap.
We set out the Jeep and American Girl dolls for the girls.
Remember when I bought them for $5 each at Goodwill?
New and still in the box!
Harrison was excited about all his cars!!
I think we did good!
Faith had given the girls her American Doll Camper.
We bought the Jeep to pull it with but it didn't have a trailer hitch on it.
Late on Christmas Eve's Eve Louis Dean stayed up to make one!!
Gifts done everyone gathered in the den to watch some of the wrestling DVD together.
Well, not everyone!!
I had cleared the table and set out all the desserts.
Trystan loves the Sugarplums!
Harrison had Red Velvet Cake and drank his tea from a tiny wine glass.
Kids settled down with a few favorite gifts and played.
Benjamin......the son of my old age.
My two youngest.
There are 19 years difference between Amber and Jesse and 21 years between him and Benjamin.
I am so proud of them!!
Our family was not complete though.
We missed Summer but knew she was having a wonderful time in Puerto Rico!
Christmas Eve 2016 is a wrap!!!