That evening we had Christmas with my family at my parents' house. It was such a fun time! I love when my brother is home from college. Everything just feels complete. :)
I think Kurt snapped these two candids of me and my sibs. I have no idea what we're doing in either picture - but it's obviously something intense?
My siblings got my Dad his first Starbucks drink - and he liked it! It was some sort of Chai Latte I believe? Neither of my parents drink coffee, and I'm the only child that took after them and doesn't drink it!
Evy and Liam painted coasters for their grandmothers this year.
We got my Dad a gun safe - he had really been wanting one and my brother helped me get the perfect one.
My parents got Evy the Disney Princess Candyland game, and they told the story (for the millionth time) about how I used to CHEAT at Candyland when I was younger. I apparently really, really liked the Snow Queen card and would stack the deck a certain way to make sure I drew it each time. What can I say - I was a savvy player when it came to Candyland.
KayKay was Leeler's "buddy" the whole night. I have about 30 pictures that look like this - they were inseparable and he loved having a special helper to take all of his presents out of their boxes!
My brother gave the hit gift of the night. He asked me what he should get mom for Christmas and after batting a few ideas back and forth, he decided to recreate an ornament he made for her way back in the early 90s when he was little. Appropriately, it was his picture with a halo and wings - HAHAHA! He wore a similar sweater and my sisters helped him put it together. We died!
We went in with my parents and got my sister a camera for her present. She's going to Africa soon and wanted to be able to document everything, and she plans to major in journalism, so she was very excited. My brother was trying to "pump up the crowd" as she opened her gift.
See what I mean? Buddies. :)
My brother got a NICE new golf putter and Liam became consumed with it. He got an impromptu lesson from Uncle. It was adorable!
The Anderson kids, 2012 (plus Lynley).
I think this was an album cover/humorous/praying intensely over my child pose. Naturally, it was my brother's idea.
We had a WONDERFUL set of "Christmases" and we're so blessed to have our loved ones to spend time with!