Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Newhouse Family Christmas

Early Christmas morning, Bob, the boys, Emma, & I headed back to Tyler for the Newhouse Christmas.  We started with a delicious breakfast prepared by Grandma before we tore into some presents.  Ryan made sure to visit "his" drums before getting down to business.
Time for PRESENTS!
Usually, the Newhouse Christmas is at our house, but this year, since our house is in Florida, Sue & John Paul hosted Christmas.  It was a strange year for us.  It was the first time I failed to decorate the house for Christmas, and we didn't even put up a tree.  Thankfully, we were surrounded by Christmas cheer all over Texas.
The boys model their Thomas outfits from Momo Campbell.  They really loved these vests, I'm not sure if it's Thomas or the vest that they enjoy the most.
Grandma & Grandpa gave us pirate hats.  Meet Pirate Captain James.  Instead of an eye patch, he's sporting a pah-fye-ur.
Pirate Captain Michael gets duded up.
The pirate and his Aunt Sue check out their booty together.
The stars of the Christmas Show.  This year, the boys took turns opening gifts.  They didn't argue over who got to open what.  In fact, I think Ryan and Michael ended up opening most of the gifts after a great deal of prompting from Mom & Dad.  I have a feeling that in future years, we won't have such a pleasant sharing of the gifts.
Grandpa, Ryan, and James play trains.
Aunt Sue & Uncle JP play Spiderman basketball with the boys.  They made sure that even though there is only one hoop, there were at least three balls.
Uncle JP demonstrates the finer techniques of basketball.  Ryan adores JP.  Anytime we talk about Aunt Sue, he always asks, "Where's JP?"
The dads hanging out, doing what they do best, watching TV.
The next morning, we got up extremely early, loaded Duke, Emma, and the kids in the car, and headed home.  We were so proud of the kids.  They did such a wonderful job.  We made it all the way home in one day (sixteen long hours in the car).  Bob and I were so proud of them.  I think they were so exhausted, that they just wanted to get home to their own beds.
Ryan trying to get someone to play with him.  Love that smile.

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