Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Eve AND Morning with the Kynaston's

So a few months back I got this "BRILLIANT" idea to have a gigantic family sleepover... um.... at MY house. When the 24th hit, I was saying to Dan "What the HECK was I thinking!" So 5pm arrives and family starts to arrive. The noise levels QUICKLY plummets out of control. "Take a slow breath AND breathe I have to tell myself all night." Around 6:30 we all sat down and had a nice Christmas Devotional from Karlene & Vaughn, then we each got to say something we were grateful for this Holiday Season. We then did the "cousin gift exchanges. Here is Daigen opening his gift. You can't see to well because he wouldn't look at me, but he was SOOOO excited...
Here is the finish product. he is in love with Toy Story right now.
Bosten was in love with ripping the wrapping paper....
Each year on Christmas Eve Dan and I get the boys matching jammies. This year they got Toy Story ones and matching slippers.
After the cousins exchange we sent the kids upstairs to watch the Polar Express. Here they all are enjoying the movie. This was of a VERY LONG night getting them to go to sleep!!!
Meanwhile, we "adults" had our white elephant exchange. Karston got some lovely bath gel and lotion!! :) Just what he wanted!!! :)
Robyn was soooo excited to get this Walmart village passed down from her big brother!!! But..... that wasn't the end of it........ Karlene snagged it right away from her! :)
Cade sporting his beautiful "Popcorn shirt" One size fits all.......
Around 11pm we heard Santa arrive and I waited until midnight when he departed and I got up and snapped a quick picture of all the toys he left for all the good boys and girls. You ask why he came so late..... well those "good" boys and girls weren't being sooo "good"
The kids have found the after math of Santa at 6:45am!!! everyone was so excited and had a great time seeing what Santa brought everyone.
More pics of Santa's presents.......
some of the adults admiring all the toys!!! " be young again!"
By 7am breakfast was being started. Yes, I know that's a bit early... but we Kynaston's LOVE our breakfast!!! Well one family had to be out of here by 8:30. On the morning menu was: Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole, French Toast, Cheesy Eggs, Hashbrowns,Orange & Cinnamon rolls. Yes.... to answer your question, that was WAY TOO MUCH FOOD!!!
Karlene and Vaughn doing a great job with the cheesy eggs!! What great team work you two do!!! :") Dan and Karston are laughing at Karlene cause we had to "trick" her to get her photo!! :)
Well, I must say it was quite chaotic most of the time, but really it was the BEST Christmas we have had in a LONG time. What great memories for us adults and especially our children. thank you everyone for making it a great night and a fantastic morning!! Love you all and I am so grateful for each and every one of you......

1 comment:

Robyn Baird said...

Thank you muffins for being so gracious in offering your house for the chaos!