Tuesday was Christmas Eve, so Kelley's dad took the kids down to his hometown of Biscoe NC before the big Christmas Family celebration there. Kelley and I got some last minute stuff done before we headed down to Cousin Diane's house to meetup with everybody else.
|Kelley's dad and sister, Meri|
|Me and my darling Christmas Eve|
Around 11 pm we made it back home and the kids didn't fall asleep until about 1 am. That was totally insane. But it did make that next morning's 7:45 wake up call "extra special".
|Everybody got new PJ's, mine looks like a santa suit|
|Somebody saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus|
|The Haul that Santa left for the kids this year|
|They were both a little overwhelmed, which is kind of the point|
|Bigun loved this archery set, she's having fun with it so far|
|Evil Genius now sleeps with the Sprout Star stuffie every night, and carries it around everywhere.|
|The thing they both asked for was a zoomer, so they have to share one|
I have to make special mention of these masks that they got, one is a horse and the other is a unicorn. I can't explain why, but these things absolutely crack me up! So. Freaking. Funny!!! We have had a blast with these masks. I'll wear one while riding around town, or just playing games around the house. It's always funny. EG really wanted one, then was scared to put it on. but eventually she got over that, now it's adorable.
|Santa with a unicorn head is terrifying|
|Even Kelley showed her goofy side a little bit|
|Mickey had no idea I was about to scare the shit out of him|
|until he turned around. Then after the heart attack stopped he got a good laugh|
|Kelley's mom got in on the action|
|Niece Kaileigh was ready for anything|
|I don't know why the horse head makes the fists funnier|
|Bigun was up for an epic battle! (this may be my favorite pic of the entire holiday)|
|I got a few good licks in|
|She fought back valiantly|
|Ultimately she took me down|
|I tried to resist|
|But her victory was not to be denied!!|
Mickey and Eleanor came over for breakfast, then came back later once Meri and Kaileigh got here. Neena and Gene came up Christmas Eve so they could be here for the big day. This was the first time we've been up on Christmas Day without having to run back to SC for something. We did all of the SC stuff earlier in the week, and everyone else came to Raleigh this time. It was pretty epic.
|Neena and Eleanor overseeing EG|
|Mickey got laptops for both of the kids - amazing!|
|A clean picture of Eleanor|
|Mickey opening a laptop|
|Eleanor is silly and happy, so's Mickey|
|We got Mickey a Buddha Board, you draw on it with water and when it evaporates, the picture is gone. Very zen, he loves it.|
|So many people, so many presents, so many blessings!|
|Even Numma and Blankie got presents|
|EG loves Sonic the Hedgehog, she got a Wii game and mask|
|Bigun got a copy of Mario Kart, and has not stopped playing it|
|My mini-me. Recliner, laptop, canoli, she really is exactly like me in every way. it's natural, but freaky.|
After Christmas Day, everything calmed down. I still had another entire week of vacation. Everyone else went home, we spent plenty of time together as a family settling into the new toys and games, and just hanging out having fun.
I finally got my Ironman tattoo updated with Beach 2 Battleship stuff, we got to see some friends including one who was in town from Dallas. I got in a 17 mile long run in some new running shoes and wore an incredible blister on my foot. We ate out every night, drank lots of beer (well, I did), and just had a good ole' time. Today is all football, and tomorrow I go back into the office broke, fat, and hungover, so you know I did vacation right. Happy new year's!
|Starting the outline|
|The bloody finished product - added the swim bike run icons and the battleship logo|
|Hanging with Andrea, with Kayte and her family as well|
|Giant heart shaped blister, like the new shoes show love through pain.|