I love my family! I also love my extended family and if anyone knows how to have a good time, it's them.
We started the tradition to get together to eat, play, sing and dance 4 years ago and we are still going strong. I mean who wouldn't want to keep a good thing going???
We ate. Everyone brought so many delicious items. Seriously, I didn't try a single thing that wasn't amazing.
We played. We always do a white elephant game. I love the variety of gifts that people bring. Especially when the younger kids end up with the gifts purposely brought for the adults and vice-versa. Another thing that Luke pointed out was that my family has a tendency to chant everything. The most chanted phrase was "Open the gift!". When you get about 30 of us chanting that, it makes for an incredibly loud game.
Here we are with our permanent gifts.
There were some battles had over the coveted gifts like the plunger, the lizard in a bottle, the green sweater, and the spy book. A few tears shed by the little ones but what do you expect when you like a gift and someone steals it.
We sang and danced. And here is where we get a little crazy. No one would believe it by looking at the pictures, but there were no alcoholic beverages at our party. Promise! We sang along to karaoke as we always have. Taleesha and I were the ones at the mic and the ones dancing most of the night. I later asked Luke if I ever embarrass him. Thankfully he said "No".
We loved. Again, I love this time of year where we get to have these reunions and share love and laughter with the people that mean the most to us.
Love you all! Next year will be just as awesome!