Happy New Year! We hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday season. It was enjoyable for us to spend time with many of our family members.
The first part of December was just spent finishing classes and doing finals. Milton worked quite a bit-the joys of working retail during the holidays.
We had our ward Christmas party on the 15th. It was fun, but a little stressful since we are on the activities committee and Milton was unable to attend due to work. So I was juggling the children along with trying to do my part for the party. We just had a nice ham dinner and some musical numbers from people in our ward and then Santa came. Anya got a cute picture with Santa. Gavin was way too whiney at that time so we didn't bother to get a picture for him.
The real fun of our month began when Grandma Stevens arrived the Friday before Christmas. Anya and Grandma had a fun time making a gingerbread house on Friday night. Saturday we all went to Rochelle's uncle Keith's house for a Texas Earl family party. It was nice. We all had a good time. We did a gift exchange game and Keith's family prepared a game as well.
On Christmas Eve we had Rochelle's moms Christmas party. We got a heat-and-eat turkey dinner from Target, it was quite good. Then we opened all of Grandmas Christmas presents and the kids decorated cookies with Grandma. The kids had a great time.
Christmas day was nice. Anya was not feeling too great that morning so we didn't get up until 8:30. However, after she came into the living room and saw the Ariel Kitchen Santa had brought her she seemed to feel a bit better. She also enjoyed getting into her stocking and finding the one other thing she asked Santa for, a pair of scissors.
After we unwrapped our presents we went to Brett and Deb's house for our traditional Christmas breakfast of scones. It is a great tradition. We had an enjoyable day just letting the kids play with their toys and spending time with eachother. We had a rather untraditional Christmas dinner with snack foods galore. We had seven layer bean dip, spinach dip and sourdough bread, mozarella sticks, chicken strips and much more that I can't even think of. It was good and we didn't have to spend all day cooking.
On Thursday Rochelle went with her mom, sister-in-law and some of the kids to a ranch about an hour from where we live to check the place out for our first annual Stevens family reunion. The place is very nice and we are looking forward to the opportunity to have our whole family there for a special time this summer.
Later, our other family members arrived. Milton's parents, brother and his fiance arrived on Thursday night. Rochelle's Dad, stepmom, sister and her fiance arrived on Friday.
Rochelle's niece McKenna got baptized on Saturday morning. It was a very nice. Saturday night we all hopped in cars and caravaned to Dallas to go to the Cheesecake Factory (our favorite restaurant) It was a good time, with some good food and excellent cheesecake. Sunday was the blessing for Gavin and it was very nice to have so many family members there from so far away. It was a beatiful blessing. He is a very special little boy. We had a nice little lunch after at Brett and Deb's house and then I think most people went back to their homes/hotels for naps. We all got together that night at a meeting room in Rochelle's Dad's hotel. It made a nice area to set up food and they supplied tables and chairs for all night game playing. We were all pretty much done before the new year came but it was a nice opportunity to get together.
I wish you all the best in the new year and we are looking forward to all the things the new year has to bring.