Sunday we drove up to Snohomish to spend the day with Joel's parents and his sister's family. Judy made us a delicious dinner complete with a roast grilled on the BBQ. It was so good. Everyone gave really thoughtful gifts and they each liked what Joel and I had picked out for them. It was a wonderful afternoon, spent catching up with what everyone has been up to and enjoying each others company. After a quick stop at the Utt's house to help Connor set up his new XBox Live account, we headed north to Whatcom County for Christmas activities with my family.
|Joel loves the new cold weather biking gloves his mom gave him.|
|I'm so excited to wear my new Husky coat to next football game.|
On our way to my parent's house, we stopped at Amy and Mark's house. We don't get to see each other as often as we would like, since they live in Ferndale. Amy and Mark were the perfect hosts with lots of holiday drinks and fun. We played Quelf, a board game that is similar to Cranium, but I had never heard of before. It was really fun and made us do strange things. Joel danced like a ballerina, Amy sat around with a box under her shirt, Mark kept repeating "Hear me, for I have spoken" after each sentence, and for a while I had a dirt bike helmet on. We were having so much fun, we ended up staying the night at their house.
|Joel and Mark in the middle of a leap frog game|
|It isn't every day that I wear a dirt bike helmet!|
|The kitty just loved Joel!|
|Amy with a wine glass on her head and a box in her belly...|
|Mark, having a good time!|
|In the morning, I visited with their ducks.|
|Amy's Golden Oats|
|Joel napped on the couch for most of the morning.|
|My Nephew - Kaleb!|
|Playing his new new truck from Grandma and Grandpa.|
|Reading the directions for his new blocks from Jackie and Chris.|
|Opening his gift from Joel and me.|
|Joel decided to help Kaleb get started.|
|He is just so stinking cute!|
|Getting some snuggles from Grandma|
|The future Mr. and Mrs. Kanda - Leann is engaged to Sean!|
|Uncle Gordy photo bombed Jaisha and Kaleb|
|Jackie, Mom, Tonna and Riley are ready to open gifts.|
|Joel thinks they are all for him! Poor Guy, they are for the kids!|
|Maddy and Moriah|
|Aunt Karen and Leann|
|All the James Family Ladies!|
(... well almost, a few weren't able to make it - I told you there were a lot of us!)
|All the guys like to play blackjack and most years I shuffle the cards for them.|
Christmas always seems to pass by us so quickly and before we know it, we are back at work. It won't be long and we will be celebrating the new year and taking down the decorations!
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!