Thursday, December 25, 2014

{Christmas Eve 2014}

We had an incredible Christmas Eve with the entire Dalley family crew!  It was my parents' year with Camille & Erin decided to fly up to be with them too!  Reese and I had planned on a big Christmas Eve party with them ....and then week of Christmas, Bryce & Becca decided to come up for the holiday too!  So we had all of us together! It was a Christmas miracle and such a joy to have the whole family together.

We started off the morning at our traditional Christmas Eve morning spot....The Original Pancake House!  Camille's family, Grandma and Grandpa and Erin joined us too (the others weren't coming until the afternoon).  And we had Trevor's brother, Tyler with us for the holidays too!  OPH is always a hit with this crew!

 Next we headed to my sister's church building to play it up in the gym.  The little kids brought their bikes and we played a lot of 'bump' and basketball.  

And a few games too!  

We ordered Dicks BBQ for an easy dinner and then settled into Camille's lovely house for the evening.  

The kids had a blast playing Bean-Boozled (our winnings from our white elephant gift party).
And we had a marshmallow fight! 

 And decorated sugar cookies to leave out for Santa (and eat!)

Next up was the nativity program. The kids came prepped with costumes and were really excited to play their different parts.

And then it was time to open up Christmas Eve PJs!

That makes a lot of cousins! 

The entire crew in our PJs.  I love all the traditions we have on Christmas Eve!  It's such a special night as we reflect on the birth of our Savior on that night long ago.  We love the reason that this evening pulls us all together and the faith of this combined group.  

Just before we left, Grandpa read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' to all the grandkids. They were giddy with excitement for the next morning.  We loaded up our Santa cookies and headed home to enjoy Christmas Day with our little family.


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