Yesterday we all gathered at my youngest brother's house in Southaven to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family. My parents came with both of my grandmothers and one of my grandmother's baby sister--she is 80! The youngest of 12 children! My grandmother, Momo, is somewhere in the middle of all of those children.
Anyway, I don't have any pictures! I am not sure why I failed to take any! Jimmy took a few with his phone, so I may figure out how to get those over here to my computer. We had a wonderful visit, and the children thoroughly enjoyed exchanging presents. We also enjoyed a delicious meal (cooked mostly by my sister-in-law, Amanda), but Mary Margaret and I each brought a couple of things too. They weather was nice enough for the younger children to spend a good portion of the day outside on the trampoline, and they also played inside with legos and trains! Leah is the only girl among several younger boy cousins, but she plays happily with them all.
We stopped by Target on the way home (remember, the closest Target to us is 1 hour, 25 minutes away--the one we visited yesterday). Then we enjoyed a nice quiet evening at home watching Christmas specials on TV while the children played with some of their new gifts. The girls were all furiously crocheting or knitting with their new yarn, Clay tried to figure out the correct path in his Perplexus maze ball, and Sam spent hours building his new lego set. This is the first time he has been able to read multi-step directions (in pictures) and construct the legos all by himself. He was so proud. And I can't believe that he is old enough to build little legos alone!
Yesterday was also my parents' 44th wedding anniversary! What a fun way for them to celebrate--with a houseful of their three children and ten grandchildren.