For those of you who may not know, Scott and I attend four Christmas celebrations each year, one for each side of our families. Now, we joke that we literally live the lives of Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in the movie Four Christmases, but truth be told, we really love each and every Christmas celebration we have. So, each year the Remillard side (my dad's side of the family) celebrates Christmas a week or so early. It started years ago and is a tradition that allows us to all be together each year, despite the other holiday commitments that come up around Christmas Eve and Day. This year I was feeling particularly sentimental and lucky to have my loved ones close after the tragedy in CT, so I decided to bring my camera along. Usually I don't worry about photos at these gatherings because I happen to come from a long line of family photogs. My grandfather and father are generally always snapping away, but this year I joined in.
The pants Scott is wearing are his Christmas Pants. They are newly inherited this year from his Uncle John and they will be making an appearance at all three other family gatherings as well. What can I say? The man is excited about them.
My Dad's side of the family is pretty big. He has two brothers and a sister and they each have their own children so I had cousins to play with all while growing up. My two youngest cousins are still sweet little girls, and it is so much fun to watch Christmas unfold through their eyes, as the older set of cousins are now all "grown-ups" or teens.
Matt and Jen, the two in the bottom right, announced their engagement to the family! I am so happy and excited for them and Jen already feels like a part of our family!
Of course, younger cousins also means there will inevitably be some construction taking place. Luckily my uncle was more than willing to assist in the making of this doll bed!
It was a wonderful way to spend my Sunday afternoon, and over the next couple of days Scott and I will continue the celebrating with our Moms and his Dad! I wish everyone a celebration filled with love and hugs and smiles and laughter this season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!