Let the Festivities Begin!!!!
I know that a lot of you out there wait until the last minute to put up your tree, but I am not one of those people. I love to have our tree up right after Thanksgiving and I usually leave it up until long after the Epiphany. My husband and the boys headed to Flemings tree farm to bring home the beast of tree that stands in our living room as I type.
The tree getting lit up!
Just a tiny bit of our ornament collection.
The pickle. 'nuff said.
Frazier, our little elf
The stockings were hung on a super high, unreachable shelf with care.
(Good luck getting those down kids...)
Viola! (pay no attention to the messed up tree skirt)
To kick off the Christmas festivities (also known as month that there isn't a single open day on the calendar) we had the annual DCCC (Dayton Community Children's Choir) Christmas play. Hannah was the only Hough in it this year. She had one of the main parts and did a fantastic job!
Hannah has the ginormous red bow in her hair.
The next Christmas activity on the agenda was the West Shamokin Snowball.
Jake and his lovely date, Terra
In addition to the craziness of the holidays, we like to kick it up yet another notch by having not one, not two but three of our kids' birthdays in December...
Happy Birthday DJ, Coley and Noah!
Next thing on the agenda was the Dayton Elementary School Band and Chorus concert. Isaac and Hannah were both performing, so they had to get all gussied up. I thought that I would commemorate the occasion by snapping a few pics of them in their fancy clothes...so this happened.
And then this....
and I am sorry to say, this happened...
Our two musicians, Isaac and Hannah
The concert was good. Hannah had a ton of flute solos. (It may or may not have been because she is literally the only flute player in the band. ) They both did a great job. They make their momma proud!
It was then time for round one of Christmas with the family! The Gaggini family was the first to get together. For the last several years, my mom and dad started a fun Christmas tradition with our family. Because Christmas can be so crazy busy, and we all have lots of family to visit, we pick a day a week or so from Christmas to get together. We meet up at my parent's house late morning and they give each of us a card with money in it. That is when it gets fun! We all go shopping together, yep the whole crazy crew! This year there were 21 of us.
Peezy opening his card.
After the cards were opened, we headed to the cars and were off to the mall. We decided that the best thing to do was to divide and conquer. DJ (God bless him!) took Isaac, Noah and our nephew Dylan. Coley took Gia and Hannah. Aiden and Jonathan went with Brian and I. My sister and Casey took their kids and mom and dad floated around the mall to help watch little ones if necessary.
One of my handsome lunch dates, Aiden.
The men patiently waiting for Gia to buy her boots.
Zonked out on the way back to mom and dad's.
We got back to mom and dad's house in time to drop off all of our new goodies and then we headed out to Villa Rosa for dinner. Mom had pre-ordered all of our meals and drinks which made it much easier on all of us and cut down our wait time to a minimum. Given that of the 23 of us at dinner, 12 were 12 years old or younger, that was a good, good thing. Dinner was yummo and before we knew it we were back at mom and dad's house to show everyone what we bought and to enjoy some cookies and coffee.
Brian and Jake talking to one of the smartest men that I know, Poppy.
Dj and Gia
Mema and Miss Eliza
My Sissy and I in our aprons from mom and dad. The hearts are made up of our kids' names.
The kids waiting for the family picture. They were super excited, can you tell?
Buddies, Izzy and Gia
The whole gang
Sweet baby boy, Colin
My goddaughter, Isabella and I
Aiden and Franny hiding in the corner playing their new DS games
The adorable Eliza Jane
The Wonder Twins (The Original and 2.0)
The beginning and the end of the grandkids, the bookend twins!
So with that, I will wrap this post up. But I am sure that there will plenty more Christmas fun. We are just getting started!!!