Monday, December 29, 2008

Best. Christmas. Ever!!

OK--I finally have the Christmas pics organized--and there are a LOT--so get comfortable!!

Here is how the living room/tree looked on Christmas Eve once Santa came:And in the morning:
And with the boys:
Pickle was disgruntled:
and didn't want her pic taken. But she perked up when I brought out the Cherry Chiffon:

And Monkey Bread:
"That's more like it!"
Gooser was into it too!
And here's Partick showing off the crazy hot sauce he got in his stocking.
After that, it was onto the present frenzy!

Pickle was excited to open a little lamb.
And she enjoyed putting doll shoes on it:
But this "meow meow" was definitely her favorite present!
Gooser's favvorites were "Batman Through The Ages":
And this Batman gear:
Silly Andy really wanted "footsie" pajamas!
And Teddy is all about remote-controlled airplanes:
All the big boys loved their new iPods!
I got something from Little Edie (it's a replica of Edie's pin--you Grey Gardens fans will know what I mean!):
And Don got something from the vermin!
Here's Pickle having a tea party with some of her new stuff and Meow-Meow:
And Gooser in a new robe:
Point blank--it took over five hours to open the presents! We did it slowly to make the fun last as long as possible. But after awhile, we had to get ready to go to my mom's fancy Christmas dinner. Because we have so many people, she rents out a private dining room at a really nice hotel and it works out just perfectly!

It's really two rooms, with a beautiful table on one side:
And a nice open room on the other side so the kids could play with their toys when they were tired of sitting at the table. It was SO much fun!!

Here's Pickle--and of course, Meow-Meow had her own chair! Look at her eyeing 's Tater Tots!
The big boys:

And Gooser at the children's buffet:
Here's Pickle's dessert:
And Pickle about to dig in:
Yet another one of Pickle playing there--you can really see her pretty dress in this one.
I decided to wear a Little Edie "costume" though it wasn't really right becasue I didn't have time to fashion a scarf around my head--but I wore leggings with shorts and a scarf as a skirt--which I later removed to use a cape. I'm also wearing my Little Edie pin:
Here I am with Teddy:
And a few group shots:

And, finally--back home again and Pickle tucking her "hair horse" into bed!
Phew! I told you there were a lot! If you made it this far--thank you and I hope you all had happy holidays!!


Anonymous said...

Jennifer, did you use superglue, or what? To get the kids to sit still in front of all thoise presents. Poor Pickle alsways seems to get the brunt of things, like her meow-meow. Goosers's Batman wings - awesome. My brother really could have flown of the hedge in those and not broken his collar bone. I gotta ask, bit i'm almost too scared too... what are footsie pyjamas? Wow, model planes and iPods, you guys did really well.

I can't believe it took 5 hours to open presents. looks like you all had fun.


Missy said...

Love all the photos - where to begin?!?!
I love LOVE Pickle's dress - please share where you find her gorgeous clothes!!!
I love the pin & the gift to Don from the vermin. Your house looked beautiful & I love the decorations at the hotel! Wow! What a day!!!! Oh, and your boys look so much alike - they could be twins!

Ronda's Rants said...

Oh...I love Pickle's beautiful...The children look wonderful...I might have to start renting out a nice room somewhere now...our family is getting huge!
I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Jennifer said...

Oh Jen- what great pics! What fun! How cute is Miss P tucking in her horse?! Adroable. =)

Kristin said...

I am so glad that Vermin got something for hubby after all that work. Love the Christmas dress. Your family sure looks blessed.

sandi said...

I am so glad it turned out perfect. With kids, you never know how a BIG day like Christmas will turn out. I have had CHRISTMAS day end up with time-outs, spanked butts, and even me taking away Christmas toys.

Thankfully this year was perfect for us too. We got through the day with ZERO drama and lots of hugs and thankful kids.

Your kids always look like a million bucks. you dress them so cute!

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

Oh, yeah for footie pajamas and Pickle's red dress!!!

Becky said...

What a fun Christmas!!! really fun!!

Gotta love Pickles morning picture! She is giving you the eye isn't she!

Bet you are ready to slow down now:)

Mimi said...

You have to watch those stuffed cats. They do love them some tots!

Great pics!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

Great photos!

Looks like you guys had a fantastic Christmas!

Angie said...

What a beautiful display of gifts and tree, yoru children are darling as ever all cute in their pjs. Looks like a very Merry Christmas :0)

LOL, vermin gift? Really? Thats awesome ;0)

Jen said...

Wow, what a great Christmas. I loved all the photos. What a cool dinner that your mom has. And Pickle's dress is SO cute. Can I borrow it for Claire next year? ;)

CaraBee said...

That is a crazy big pile of presents under that tree! How wonderful! So what did the vermin get for your husband? Pickle's dress is so beautiful and that dinner sounds fantastic! Seriously, will you adopt me?

SuZ said...

Holy Hell... your Christmas looks like it's out of a movie. How perfect is that?! I love Pickle's dessert, makes me hungry. Thanks for sharing these!

noble pig said...

What a wonderful day you had! Pickle's dress is divine...I mean just beautiful! And all the kids looked adorable in their Christmas PJ's. Love that your mom has her party at a hotel, she's my kinda woman.

Allison said...

I'm back! Great shots from Christmas! Glad all of you had a great time!

I'm glad to be back and catching up on blogs and email!

Anonymous said...

OMG....where do I begin. I could write a whole post just talking about all of your pics.

Everything looks awesome..the food, the decorations....the kids!

I have a funny story I'll have to post about that white cat. Z is playing with one in my new header belongs to his cousin.

I love Pickle in her "joy" pjs...looking anything but joyful!!!! :)

Shannon said...

WOW! You guys really did have a fabulous Christmas!

Love Pickle's red dress... and the disgruntled pics of her are too cute.

Gooser is rockin' the Batman gear.

Love all the kids in their Christmas-y pajamas!

Rebecca Jo said...

OH MY GOODNESS... all those presents - looks like the kids had a great Christmas!

You totally need to use Pickle's picture for a christmas card next year with that grumpy face... its too cute!!!

Love how she has her Meow with her too - how precious!!! The boys look like they had a great time too! What a fun mom you are!

mrsmouthy said...

You have room for one more, don't you? That looks like so much fun!!! I would love to have 4 kids and all the joy/craziness it brings. :)

Jenni Jiggety said...

Awesome pictures!!! I love Pickle's dress and her little disgruntles face is precious!!!

Kori said...

I loved these; and I am sorry, I have just been picking the most recent posts to read and comment on because I was getting reader overlaod! So glad to hear you had a wonderful day!

Susie said...

I am so glad you had such a great holiday:-)

Mimi said...

I had to come to your blog to prove to my 13 yr. old son that MCR did a cover of All I Want For Christmas Is You!

Jennifer said...

Mimi--You show him!!

Cara--The vermin gave Don some peach bellini stuff--they are so thoughtful!

AV--Footsie pajamas are those baby pjs w/ the feet built in!!

breelyn_faith said...

Sounds like yall had a good Christmas and a very busy one. It took us about 45 mins to open presents. LOL!!

OMGosh!! Your house was swimming in presents on Christmas morning. How excite!!

breelyn_faith said...

ps...Pickle is the cutest and her dress is gorgeous.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Have I told you lately that if you ever get tired of Pickle, you can just send her right to me?
Love the pictures, looks like a wonderful Christmas!

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Wow -that looks fab!

JANE said...

Jennifer that is awesome!! Love Pickle having to loosen up and wake up, same thing happened here! And watch out cause next year your hubby will want his own Ipod after watching the boys with theirs! And girl, that is absolutly the best Christmas dinner setting I have ever seen!! I could tell you were enjoying it and not having to worry about cooking and cleaning WooHoo!!

Karen said...

Great photos !!! That one of Pickle looking all grumpy is just toooo cute :-)

Ann said...

Great pictures! I loved them all.
Your pin is just perfect. (I watched a documentary on the making of the musical "Grey Gardens" the other night. Have you seen the musical?)
I believe I see future post adventures of Pickle and her tater tot lovin' cat Meow-Meow.

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Jen B. said...

I'm so glad you had such a great Christmas... & that you got your laptop!