Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Hartley Christmas

Christmas is different than Thanksgiving for us in one way, we DON'T let it pass without spending time with both of our families. We wish we could ensure the same happens at Thanksgiving but we often have family from out of town in or we head out of town but Christmas, no excuses. So the day after Christmas we loaded up nice and early in the car and headed south down 49 to my mom and dads. We would have two Christmas celebrations, one at my parents' and then the Hartley one at my aunt and uncles.

We arrived, carried in our bags of gifts and the boys instantly started snacking on all the yummy food Grandma Sara and Papa Tom had baked. I joined in shortly after...

As soon as my sister and her kids arrived, Christmas began. The kids all took turns opening one gift at a time and after they each had opened a couple it was a free for all. I snuck off while all the madness was happening and snapped this picture from above. To some it might look like chaos, to me, it's my happy place.

Mom and Dad bought all the grand kids World Series Champion shirts and wanted to get a picture with everyone wearing them---it took some convincing on Maddie's part but they finally all smiled. 

For the rest of the afternoon we played cards, did Legos, and ate. A lot. And then it was time to get ready for the Hartley Christmas & my niece and nephews wanted to take a picture with me as they thought it was funny they were almost all taller than year they will be.

Logan in his grandpa sweater just melts my heart in every way.

This year we had a few more people at Scott and Kelly's to celebrate Christmas with, my cousins Stephanie and her husband were fostering two adorable children and my cousin Brad and his partner were helping raise their niece and nephew for awhile, not too mention a new cousin was about to be born at any moment---we didn't realize that at the time though. The house was full & so was my heart.

These are the moments that I wish I could just hold onto a little more. To be surrounded by those we love and those that love us. There really isn't anything better.

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