I wrapped up all of the work stuff I needed to finish by Thursday afternoon. With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, the office was closed for the Monday after. There wasn't much to do the Friday before, so they closed the office early then. I opted to take off the next 2 days as well, so I wrapped up work on a Thursday and go back in the following Thursday for a 2 day week! Nice when it works out like that.
Monday before was Kelley's birthday! We had kid stuff to do that night so it wasn't a big deal then but we did stuff throughout the week to celebrate. Tuesday night we took Ella to see Rogue One and she loved it. Quite the fantastic Star Wars Story indeed. Wednesday night I got Kelley four tickets to go see our favorite comic (Andy Woodhull) at a local comedy club. Andy swims on my RAM team and is nationally known. I bought 4 tickets so we could take another couple and then couldn't find anybody else who was available to go with us. One of those couples hosted a Christmas party Thursday night, which was a blast. So it was an eventful week to start things off!
|The Birthday Girl on monday night|
|Wednesday night in Goodnight's Comedy Club|
|Being all sweet with our Mr and Mrs mugs|
|Ella getting presents|
|Such a large group. The kids make it fun|
Santa Claus paid a visit to the children, and once again that fat bastard didn't leave me anything. The kids racked up Sunday morning though.
|Happy with her funny calendar|
|Neena playing with the kids|
|Kelley setting up toys|
|Matt and Kaileigh|
|Kelley's sister Meri|
|the mermaid tail snuggie? loved it.|
|The whale tail snuggie was a big hit too|
After breakfast and all of those gifts, we packed up the 4 of us and headed to Greenville to see my parents. It was an easy drive, but we had a tough time finding a lunch spot that was open on Christmas day (no surprise). Michael beat us there, it was great to see everybody again! Then on Monday we did our traditional Flynn Christmas breakfast.
|Martha, Morgan, Michael and Summer - my brothers and sisters-in-law|
|Mom handing out presents with my kids|
|My sweet young niece in a Chewbacca mask|
Then later we had the entire clan on Mom's side of the family over later that afternoon. It's such a large group, we even had my cousin Anna (complete with husband and new baby) in from DC! This time there were multiple babies, lots of cousins, and tons of food. Lots of really good southern food.
|All of the babies loved hanging with my bigger kids|
|Terrible picture of that side of the room! why is everyone staring at the gifts?|
After that ended it was too late to go anywhere. We waited until Tuesday to drive back to Raleigh, giving the kids and cousins another morning to play. Everyone had a good time, and we had light traffic getting home. Really nice, I also had Wednesday off of work to unwind a bit from all of that holiday-ing. Unfortunately, I also brought back a sinus infection (just like after Thanksgiving but not as severe) so most of my day off was spent being sick.
Overall this was a wonderful holiday season. The kids got everything they wanted and then some, and it was filled with joy, family, and love. I wouldn't have it any other way. This year's family portraits:
|Christmas eve at our house, normal|
|and typical. Man those kids are getting big!|
|Our tree was loaded down with all those gifts!|
|In Greenville SC|