This year, most everyone (minus Jenna) was able to gather for Christmas at my parents house, just a bit earlier than on the “real” day. On Friday, December 20th, William took the afternoon off for our gender ultrasound. We took the kids with us since we would be leaving from there to head to Peoria. After getting the exciting news (more on that in another post), we headed to my parent’s house. They opted for a non-traditional tree this year and last and I love it! We have a yearly tradition in our family to do a fondue dinner every Christmas Eve. So on Saturday we got out everything ready. Check out these vintage fondue pots: The kiddos only lasted for a few minutes into dinner, but the adults had a lovely time. Blurry picture, but the flash one was terrible.After a very yummy dinner, my dad did his traditional telling of the Christmas story. He also gives each of us the next chapter in his book “Thing I Wish My Father Had Told Me.” He reads it to us and we all cry. Then we go around and share something we are thankful for this year and something we’re looking forward to in the next year.
Finally, the kiddos got to do what they were itching to do – open gifts! My mom spoiled them rotten! Sunday morning, we got to go the Peoria Vineyard which is always a fabulous time! My cutie: I could not love this picture anymore of Ellie and her Grandpa. It was such a wonderful weekend with our family!