We were a big crowd at the house on this day. In total we were 24 people. Before the day was over, we tried to take a group picture. (L-R) Mary, Robert, Ormend, Susan, Rebecca, Grandma Sally, Elizabeth, Anne, Aunt Joan, Aunt Dell, Ryan, Pooka, Zack, Richard, Larry, Kim, Jeanne, Wes, Lance, Andrew, Mike, Kellie (me) and Jared. The only face missing from this group was the youngest of our crew, baby Laura. She was in this picture but she can not be seen. I would like to draw your attention to the Darnell boys in this photo. I love how they are each doing something different but very consistent with their personalities. Wes (in Uncle Lance's arms) is pointing at the camera as if he is directing the group to all look at the camera. Andrew is in Daddy's arms and is very excited, acting silly and giggling! Then we have Jared in my arms. He is looking at the football and could care less about the camera and this photo. Ah, my boys!!
Before this picture was taken, we had a very good time visiting with family and the boys had a blast playing with their cousins. In typical Wes fashion, he quickly jumped up in the Lazy Boy and grabbed the phone to call his peeps, I am sure...
In typical Andrew fashion, he saw Wes in the chair playing with the phone and he quickly jumped up there to grab the phone and do the same thing! This look on Wes' face is priceless! He looks like a teenager completely annoyed by his younger brother. Hey Wes, you guys are actually the same age and if you want to get technical, Andrew is the oldest and you are the baby of babies!!
After this picture, the big kids were getting ready to head outside to play. There was talk of throwing the football around. Did someone say football?!? This was not going to be just for the big kids, the Darnell boys were coming to! Before we headed out the door, Grandma spends some time with the boys showing them some football moves. Here is Grandma hiking the ball to Wesley...
"What, we are going outside? Hold on, let me finish this call and I will be right there!"
After all this fun, we were getting ready to leave. Prior to heading out, I wanted to fill the boys sippy cups with milk. I knew they must be thirsty after all of that running. I was standing at the fridge and Jared walked up next to me. Before I could react, he reached up and grabbed a glass of red wine that was sitting on the kitchen counter. He did not break the glass but let's just say, he was blessed on this Christmas day!
It was time to call it a day. We were exhausted and Jared smelled like a wine-o. As we loaded the boys in the car, we joked about getting pulled over on the way home. Daddy and I did not drink but one of our 20 months olds smelled like he was three sheets to the wind! I was so tired and could not believe that on the 20 minute drive home, after running all afternoon, Andrew did not slow down. He chattered, talked and sang the entire way home! How do we bottle this energy?!?
We made it home, gave the boys a bath, put their clothes in the wash, gave them something to eat and put them to bed! It was about 8pm but the adults were completely exhausted.
We had a very Merry Christmas this year! Tomorrow Daddy is picking up Veronica and we are heading back to Tallahassee. I wonder if Santa stopped at that house as well?