|Waiting for cousins from Valdosta.|
|No idea about the confusion that is about to ensue.|
|First things first: Banks continues his birthday celebration.|
|Opening his gifts is a group effort.|
|A picker! His favorite.|
|A motley crew! Love these six SO much.|
|Emma read the first half of the Christmas story from Luke (her first time!) and|
Ellie read the last half. Looks like a sweet calm moment, right?
|Here's the full view. Traditions are important, despite the chaos all around. :)|
|Kids' table minus Grey, who still merits eating with the big people.|
|Last year we decided that the kids would open their gifts |
and the adults would wait until kids were, if not asleep,
upstairs for the night. It was still wild!
|It was a blur of paper and ribbons and whirling children.|
|Grey is already a professional gift unwrapper. |
He practiced at home before Christmas.
|A rare moment when Grey let sweet Emma hug him.|
|Typical. The adults ate great leftovers for supper |
and the kids wanted peanut butter and jelly.
|Hey, guys, I think you forgot me.|
|Four boys in the tub...just a little crowded!|
|Clean boys warm up by the fire while the girls bathe and get pjs on.|
|Another effort to get the six of them looking in the same general direction.|
|Aunt Ash getting some Grey sugar...|
|...while the other five do this, whatever it is.|
Time for the nightly dance party!
|Kids upstairs, gifts opened, and champagne poured.|
Ready for 2018!