"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

a house full of believers {EVE}

on christmas eve 
andrea had us all 
playing games.
really goofy ones.
the ones you can only play with your family.
like putting a peppermint joe-joe on your forehead,
and then trying to get it into your mouth without using your hands.
like you have to scoot it down over your eye,
by opening and closing your mouth in weird ways,
and then down onto your cheek,
sometimes shaking your head back and forth is a good method,
and then ever to slowly getting it into your mouth
sean beat us all in about 2.5 seconds.
but he has an unfair advantage with his nose.
i guess technically it's not cheating when you're using what yo' mama gave ya.
most of us just dropped our cookie on the floor about a million times,
except for the super competitive folk
who did it over and over and over again.
just to show us how "easy" it really was.
all the while,
andrea and jaren's living room had about 20 of us with our faces to the ceiling
and cookie crumbs on our face,
you know
shaking our heads,
and opening and closing our mouths really big.
i don't think i've ever laughed so hard in my entire life.
after stuffing ourselves with clam dip,
lemon bread,
and everything else good you can think of.
other games:
marshmallow toss into the christmas wreath bowl.
candy cane bolt stacker
{only for the steady hand, sheesh}
tinsel limbo
and of course,
a thralling round of a white elephant gift exchange,
where i walked away with the greatest white elephant gift i've ever managed,
{except for the time when i had sean secure me the amazing mixing bowl and hand made apron--
but that was too classy to really be classified as a "white elephant."}

{marshmallow toss into the christmas wreath bowl.}
the greatest white elephant gift 
i've ever bargained 
and bartered for:
i branded it ours the minute the trading was over. tape too. phew.
then santa showed up to bring all of the kids some lollies and jammies

and we called it a night.
or least we ended part 1 of the night.
the part where the kids go to bed,
and santa's helpers begin the real work.
and then we read luke 2
and tucked them all snug into their beds.
there's nothing like having a house full of believers.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Can I be a part of your family for just one day? You have so much fun! I love reading about your traditions and parties and everything. What a great mom you are!
P.S. Is that a PeeWee Herman movie, or poster, or book?!