It was a quiet Christmas. Even though there were five of the eight siblings home, it seemed pretty quiet. Maybe we are growing calmer as we grow up. Ha!
These two cousins are fast friends. They were sitting here eating noodles and telling each other incomprehensible stories.
Lindsey took the kids for a walk in the fields because they were on their 50th lap around the kitchen table. So I tagged along as the official photographer.
Gilbert likes to walk like this. It cracks me up. I always think of a pensive 80 year old man when I see him walking like this.
Winter skies of home
Sorry! I just really love him walking like that!
From the back 40
Old trucks and winter sunshine
Aunt Lindsey bundling kids along
See how shiny the snow was? There was quite an icy coating.
Love Gilbert adoring Aunt Lindsey with a windy cowlick
The kids had a spirit day on their last day of school. Orianna markered up their faces. It actually washed off fairly easily. I had my doubts. But it was fine!
Aunt Lindsey teaching Blockus. "They need to be kissing, not hugging."
Elsie loves to play in Grandma's sink.
Ashley painted the kids faces as birds. Hoyt really cracks me up as a grumpy cardinal.
Hoyt still being a little dazed
Everyone adoring Abilene
I like everyone smiling at everyone else here.
Lindsey and her NY nieces and nephews
He brings out the silliness!
Kids table for Christmas dinner
Cute little Abilene
The guys thought the poinsettias were unnecessary clutter. As Evan said "My meal will taste so much better with poinsettias on the table."
Evan has no imagination.
Owen is being a dork, and you really can't see everyone, but there IS a long line of people at this Christmas table.
Aunt Ashley helped the kids make clay owls
The kids suggested that she should be their art teacher.
Hearts in the sunshine
A chair full of stuffed animals and over-tired kids
Gilbert found the light saber he got for his birthday. It was used a lot. Including as a flashlight.
Puzzle in sections
Poinsettias in the sunlight.
Things getting intense at the puzzle table.
Orianna with her Julia Rothmann poster board picture I got them.
Orianna and Lily started crochet lessons with our neighbor. So Gilbert and Elsie decided to start knitting hats. With pencils.
And no, I have no idea why Gilbert chooses to run around the house with shorts and no shirt.
He is crazy.