Christmas 2009

One of the most fun things about Christmas for me and for Tom is getting to see nephews and nieces open their presents, so you might see a few lot of pictures of that here. I realize most of you won’t care as much about what we did over the holidays, but my sister and brother-in-law were tied to St. Louis for work this Christmas, so I want to share it with her, even if no one else reads this. We love to see our families, and Christmas is our favorite time of year, so we have even more fun seeing everyone then, though it’s a whirlwind marathon of driving all over, parties, dinners, church services, big breakfasts, games, presents, and clean-up. It’s a tough life, folks.

Our schedule this year was like this:

December 23rd: Drive to Conyers, drop off Sam and Liam at their “hotel.”  Continue to Covington to the Patton house to hang out and have dinner with everyone (mom, dad, siblings, in-laws, nephew, nieces) except James and Kristen, who were stuck in St. Louis this Christmas (booo, work). Play Apples to Apples with Lisa, Jonathan, Jordan, and Sarah after dinner. Drive to McFarlin house in Rutledge. Hang out till 1AM with Tommy and Patti watching old home videos of Christmas morning. Laugh at 5-year-old Tom. Go to bed.

McFarlin's Christmas Tree, Stockings, and most of the presents.
McFarlin’s Christmas Tree, Stockings, and most of the presents.

December 24th: Work out with Tom and Tommy in the morning (doing Kenpo X with your father-in-law is way more  fun, try it). Get showered and dressed. Hang out. Dress in nicer clothes. Go to Christmas Eve service at Bethany Pres. in Covington. Drive to Patton house for Christmas Eve dinner with Mom, Dad, Jordan, and Sarah. Take “before” picture of living room. Set out Christmas presents. Take “after” picture of living room. Go back to McFarlin house and hang out with Tommy and Patti till we are all crazy sleepy.

Christmas Eve Dinner. Yum.
Christmas Eve Dinner. Yum.
Christmas Eve Dessert. Double Yum.
Christmas Eve Dessert. Double Yum.

I love this tree. It wouldn't be Christmas Eve without it.
I love this tree. It wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without it.
"Before" shot. (Notice the blue couch Tom and I placed in front of the fireplace? I think it's older than I am, seriously. It is usually kept in darkest part of the basement. haha)
“Before” shot. (Notice the blue couch Tom and I placed in front of the fireplace? I think it’s older than I am, seriously. It is usually kept in the darkest part of the basement.)
"After" Shot.
“After” Shot.

December 25th: Hit the snooze button 3 times, then get up at 7:15AM. Get showered and dressed. Wait with Tom for everyone to be ready to open presents. McFarlins assemble in living room. Ben passes out presents. Everyone opens and is excited about their new prizes. Clean-up wrapping paper. Yummy breakfast. Drive to Patton house. Wait on other siblings to arrive. Call Kristen and wish she and James were there, too. Everyone arrives. Go downstairs. Take about 500 pictures of everyone opening gifts with my big present-my camera (I don’t say this with irritation; I enjoy taking pictures). Be shocked to find I have had presents at McFarlin house and Patton house after receiving camera already. Have tons of fun seeing the kids open presents. Have fun watching everyone else open presents and opening ours. Go upstairs and have another huge, yummy breakfast. Watch nephew/nieces do a scavenger hunt that leads to Tyler finding his last gift-two frogs from mom and dad (he was super cute when he found them-so sweet and excited). Put all gifts from this house in car. Hang out for a while. Hug everyone goodbye. Drive to Tom’s Nana’s house. Eat more food. Play games like Scattergories and Apples to Apples with aunts, uncles, cousins, Tommy, Patti, and Ben and Tom. Have lots of fun. Lose both games. Hang out some more. Tell everyone Merry Christmas and goodnight. Drive back to McFarlin house and hang out with Ben until 1AM, then go to sleep.

One of my favorite pictures is this one of Grandmommie, Tom's Dad's 95-year-old Mom, in her new Snuggie. She got it for Christmas. I wish she would raise the roof in it, like the guy in the commercials.
One of my favorite pictures is this one of Grandmommie, Tom’s Dad’s 95-year-old Mom, in her new Snuggie. She got it for Christmas. I wish she would raise the roof in it, like the guy in the commercials.
Patti, trying out her new Wii Fit boxing glove accessories on her firstborn.
Patti, trying out her new Wii Fit boxing glove accessories on her firstborn. Grandmommie rejoices as Tom gets what’s coming to him.
Merry Married Christmas year 2!
Merry Married Christmas, Year Two!!
The Cutest "Coming down the stairs on Christmas morning" shot in our house so far.
The Cutest “Coming down the stairs on Christmas morning” shot in the Patton house so far.
Get your child a Rody if you want them to smile like this.
Get your child a Rody if you want them to smile like this.
I searched for 2 years before finding a koozie and this mug with a V on them. Why is it so hard for people to monogram a darn V
I searched for 2 years before finding a koozie and this mug with a V on them. Why is it so hard for people to monogram a darn V? Mom was excited to finally have something with her initial on it.
"Papa Doc" getting some love from Violet.
“Papa Doc” getting some love from Violet.
Nana gave Mom her dad's bible. So meaningful. Mom's dad passed away when she was 19.
Nana gave Mom her dad’s bible. So meaningful. Mom’s dad passed away when she was 19.
Sarah, with the cookbook Tom and I gave her!
Sarah, with the cookbook Tom and I gave her! This girl is a cupcake queen.
Jordan, I like the sweater!
Jordan, I like the sweater!
Anna Kate and a new baby.
Anna Kate and a new baby.
Madeline got a Hannah Montana electric guitar....which Tom wasn't playing later in the day despite his hate of Hannah Montana....
Madeline got a Hannah Montana electric guitar….which Tom wasn’t playing later in the day despite his hate for Hannah Montanta…
Some of my favorite presents are the ones the kids pick out for their parents at the dollar store and wrap themselves. This year, Jonathan got mints from Madeline....
Some of my favorite presents are the ones the kids pick out for their parents at the dollar store and wrap themselves. This year, Jonathan got mints from Madeline…
...A ShamWow from Anna Kate...
…A ShamWow from Anna Kate…
...And watermelon gum from Tyler. They pick out the gifts themselves, and they are SO excited to give them. I love that.
…And watermelon gum from Tyler. They pick out the gifts themselves, and they are SO excited to give them. I love that.
I can't leave out Lucy, my other baby dog (who is 10). We gave her this ugly, squeaky opossum, and she loves it.
I can’t leave out Lucy, my other baby dog! (She’s 10, but she’ll always be my puppy.) She loved the ugly, squeaky opossum Tom and I gave her!
I love Christmas brunch.
I love Christmas brunch. Mmmm…look at all the bacon…
Christmas table.
Christmas table.
Such a sweet moment. After the scavenger hunt, when Tyler saw his two frogs, he turned to his GiGi and said, "For ME???"
Such a sweet moment. After the scavenger hunt, when Tyler saw his two frogs, he turned to his GiGi and said, “For ME???”
He was done eating and opening presents and ready to get acquainted with his new buds.
He was done eating and opening presents and ready to get acquainted with his new buds.
Playing Games at Nana's and Uncle Danny's house.
Playing Games at Nana’s and Uncle Danny’s house.
We love this game.
We love this game.

December 26th: Pack car. Pick up dogs. Drive home. Unpack car. Need nap.

December 27-30th: Clean up house. Put away decorations. Watch movies. Enjoy Christmas presents. Read some of camera manual. Wish I’d read it before Christmas. Still a lot more to learn. See Davey and Kristen while they are in town. Have Robert Lee over to hang out. Eat lunch with Mom and Jordan. Prepare food for party on the 2nd.

There was such a mess all over the house as we took the tree out.
There was such a mess all over the house as we took the tree out.
Tom and Robert Lee. They love music and hanging out.
Tom and Robert Lee. They love music and hanging out.

December 31st: Hang out with friends for New Years.

Some peeps at our house, watching the ball drop.
Some peeps at our house, watching the ball drop.
We are strange people. This will not change in 2010.
We are strange people. This will not change in 2010.

January 1st: Drive back to Rutledge to see Mandy and Jim, Elizabeth and Andrew for Christmas, since they were in Albany on the 25th. Exchange gifts. Eat. Enjoy seeing everyone. Drive back home. (I just have to add that I got the Pioneer Woman cookbook, and it is taking every ounce of will not to make everything in her book and to stick to healthy foods instead.)

McFarlin Family plus Lana. We heart her.
McFarlin Family plus Lana. We heart her.

January 2nd: Throw going away party for Jennifer and Justin Smith. P.S. I spaz out before every party I throw because of stress. This goes away about 20 minutes into the party. Tom has learned how to keep me sane until then. Poor Tom.

FOOD. I love Pioneer Woman, Bakerella, and their recipes. The drinks were on a different table.
FOOD. I love Pioneer Woman, Bakerella, and their recipes. Drinks were in a different room.
They are leaving behind friends, family, and our small group to travel the US of A. I can't blame them because it will rock. But I am going to miss them for two years.
They are leaving behind friends, family, and our small group in Georgia to travel the US of A. I can’t blame them because it will rock. But I am going to miss them.

January 3rd: Church, then sleeping until next December.

~Meghan

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