Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Full House

Here's the gang at our house on Christmas. I think there are a couple of sons-in-law hiding behind the wall. We have all our kids, grandkids, my sister and her family, plus my husband's brother and family. That's 23 people, but only 21 for dinner as son Kevin and his wife went to her parent's home for dinner. Christmas Day is definitely a highlight of the year when we're all together laughing, eating, and just enjoying being together.

Dinner for 21 is quite task, but these days I have lots of help! My sister brings the desserts - dozens of cookies and several pies. My oldest daughter brings an appetizer, rolls, and a beautiful layered jello salad and my son brings a great salad. I get started early by smoking/roasting the turkey the day before and preparing the vegetable casserole so that it's ready to pop into the oven at the right time. By doing as much as I can before dinner, I hope to alleviate that last minute stress. This year I felt like I did pretty well!

The last of the family left for Boise yesterday and now I'm slowly getting the house put back into the normal level of chaos. Empty boxes are being found and disposed of, gifts finding their places, leftovers eaten. Usually I'm at home enjoying the quiet and slower pace, but now that I'm working, this week isn't as laid back. It's just a new season and another adjustment.

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and my wish is that we all have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


Vickie said...

Sounds fantastic! We all get back to my mom's for Christmas and it is loud,loving and great! Happy New Year!

Julie said...

What a wonderful family Christmas you all enjoyed, a lovely picture.
Happy New Year x

Barb said...

That looks like it was a wonderful family event! You are very lucky to have so many family members close enough to be together. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Melissa said...

Wow! You did good! I can just imagine all the yummy food too!

Happy New Year to you & your family! Just think a few more months and it'll be gardening season again!

Kath said...

Wow that's quite a gathering Von. Happy times and catching up. Happy New Year to you too

Brigitte said...

Oh so great to have all the family together. And with the help of some of the family members who bring some of the food it's manageable - but still a task. You definitely have my admiration.
Have a wonderful 2016!

Mylene said...

Precious family picture!
Happy New Year and all the best for 2016!!

viv said...

Catching up on some missed posts. Love the family picture. We had 23 family members present this year. I know you enjoyed every moment.