You are about to be subjected to what is probably an overload of family pictures you probably care nothing about. But I'm also posting, not just to share with you, but to share with family members who were unable to join us. All the silly family shots are for them. But your welcome to come along for the visit.
Malcolm and I got to Chattanooga, TN on Wednesday night (last), and after a visit with Mom and Dad, we all went to bed. A big weekend ahead of us! Thursday, Mom and I packed up, stopped in to say hi to Grandma and Grandpa, and then hit the road for Nashville!
As many of you may know, my sister and her family live in the Nashville area. What you don't know, or might not anyway, is that Meagan is very pregnant. Ava Grace is due any day now!
I honestly don't now how Meagan has coped. I would have lost my mind trying to do all this at once! And then, to put icing on the cake, the day before moving day, Meagan's doctor gave her strict orders to park herself in bed or on the couch and stay put until delivery! So there they were with a new house, lots of boxes, and lots of holiday expectations to fulfill!
They got through Christmas just fine with lots of fun and the regular hoopla. But because she was on bed rest and unable to travel, our family Christmas (which we've started doing on New Years Eve) had to come to her. And since she was going to have a house full, Mom and I went up early to unpack boxes, and put things away, and set up sleeping arrangements, etc. We arrived Thursday evening, and got lots of visiting and laughing done amid the unpacking and decorating, and by Saturday afternoon, Meagan and Chris's house looked like a home! It was a big team effort, with Meagan directing from various perches, and Mom, Chris, and I putting things in place.
Finally, the rest of our party arrived! Ken had been working all day at the restaurant and they were busy, so he hadn't had a chance to eat. So we made that our first order of business! We had decided to keep it simple, pannini sandwiches and Ken's wife, Sarah (and yes that can get confusing having 2 Sarahs in the family) had brought chips and dip! It was all yummy! After that, it was time to visit and play and wait for 2011 to come to an end!
While Kenslee investigated the toys that were present, her sister, Bentlee, and Lily got on the computer with Granmommy to shop for more American Girl Doll stuff. These three are American Girl Doll addicts! It's their #1 favorite thing to play with when they are together, and they love shopping for new stuff together too!
...and then it was time for the big event of the evening.
Aunt Meagan and Uncle Chris gave Kenslee a "Band in a Box," a gift Meagan said would come back to bite her one day. We'll see. In the mean time, Kenslee loved it and all three girls got in on the music making!
We rang in the New Year in style, toasting with champagne and sparkling grape juice! And then the little girls were packed off to bed while the grown ups stayed up into the wee hours of the morning laughing and catching up!
Our greatest accomplishment of the weekend....