|There was this huge creepy santa! I'm going on the attack.|
|Kelley takes a different approach.|
|We had the Bugg with us for the entire holiday, which made the season even more memorable for me.|
The best had to come thanks to the Evil Genius. Jimmy recently married one of Kelley's cousins, and they were hosting this year. He collects vintage rifles and shotguns (safely stored), and pulled one out to show somebody. Of course, EG had been turning the lights off in the room we were in, and being weird. So when Jimmy pulled that gun out of course we told the EG "see what happens when you don't listen to us?" and she took off out of there like lightning. I've never seen her move that fast. I've got to remember that when she starts bringing boys home.
|Family portrait with Kelley's dad and Bugg!|
|This is absurd|
|Bugg was quite happy!|
They were so incredibly sweet this year! Squeals when they found something they really wanted. Screams of "I LOVE YOU SANTA CLAUSE" for that really desirable treat. It was really unexpected, and makes me glad we went a little overboard.
|Got to throw some NC State gear in there!|
Afterwards, we went with my brothers to see "This is 40" and really enjoyed it. It was very relatable and may have hit a bit close to home, but was really funny all the way through.
On Wednesday we had just the Flynn family Christmas, and that's where I ended up getting most of the pictures.
|Morgan playing with Bugg's hair extentsions. Silly uncle.|
|This is the kind of hug you get after giving them an American Girl doll. Good to know their affections can be bought.|
|They each got a fur vest and an apron in both sizes|
|Bugg and Morgan really enjoyed getting to hang out some. I think she loved the entire big family experience.|
|Me with my niece, Michael's kid. It's nice to not be the only one bringing grandkids to these things. And she's freaking adorable!|
|Morgan, Michael, and the new kid|
|My grandmother is 92 now, this is the entire Flynn clan (my dad is her only child) - that's quite a legacy!|
|My entire clan - Bugg, Bigun, Kelley, Evil Genius, and me.|
|The three grandkids|
|Michael, dad, Morgan, mom, me|
|Mom with her three granddaughters|
|And dad with his three granddaughters|
|Bigun and Nana|
|Trying to figure out what kind of present that really is! What is that strange box?|
|I don't believe it|
|Once they figured it out, this was the position they assumed for the next, well, they still haven't broken ranks.|
Kelley's sister was really sick for a while, which is why we had Bugg for the holiday. I absolutely loved having her with us for the extra time. I'm glad Meri is feeling better now and Bugg was able to go home, but I miss her already. I had to work Thursday and Friday so I took off after only a few hours in Prosperity. Nana was going to get Bugg back home (near Charlotte), and Kelley and the kids were sick of travelling. They ended up staying at her mom's for the rest of the week, so I got a couple of nights to myself! Merry Christmas to me!
I hope your holiday was festive and filled with love. I know mine was! This was one for the ages. Our goal was to provide a meaningful Christmas for the kids and I think we all came together and pulled it off. Amid all of these electronics, presents, and pictures there was still the message of Jesus coming to earth and the reason why we have this season. The girls really fell in love with Christmas this year, and I hope they know why.