Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas in Ankeny

Christmas Eve we headed to Ankeny to celebrate Christmas with Heather's family. Trigg wore his one piece red Christmas sweater!
Heather, Addy and Trigg chillin' in the chair!

Rob, Toby, Chad and Brent (the dudes) hanging out in the kitchen!

...and the kiddo's chasing each other around the house...I was able to capture one of the rare moments when there were all together and not running!

Our meal was fantastic, turkey and all the fixins. I made a Kraft Foods recipe: Cider Glazed Brussels Sprouts that turned out pretty good. (I included a link if you want to try them)

After lunch we all headed downstairs to open presents!

Aaron helped pass them out...

...waiting for all the adults to make it to the basement.

Trigg taking in all the excitement that comes with 7 cousins!

All the kiddo's open presents as the same time...have you ever been to the zoo, to the koi pond and thrown fish food into the becomes a frenzy of fish...that is kind of what this scene was like, paper in every direction as everyone ripped open their presents to see what was inside!

Karys and Gracie unwrapping gifts!

Our staple gift this year was books. My personal feeling is that kids, in general, have way too many toys, so if I have any say in the gift giving, (spoiler alert) it will be books! Today's readers, tomorrow's leaders! We got Aaron the book, I Love Monkey, since he loves monkeys!

Aaron and I

...after the presents, it was craft time!

We had a great time in Ankeny celebrating Christmas with Heather's family. Good food, time spent with family and plenty of memories made! Merry Christmas!

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