Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cabin in the Woods Christmas

We were blessed with beautiful, unseasonal East Texas weather during our stay. We had lots of sunshine and highs in the 60s. 

We went on several hikes through the woods with all the cousins to work off all those Christmas cookies!

Benjamin loves hanging out with mom in the Ergo. He's perfectly content and I love that for at least a short time I do not have to worry about where he is or what he's getting into!

And of course, 4-wheeler rides are always popular!

We walked down to the lake at sunset to enjoy the view. It was absolutely stunning and peaceful.

The only downside of walking DOWN to the lake is having to walk back UP to the house. It's all uphill for about half a mile. Mama needed a break so Ben got a ride on Daddy's shoulders.

When we made it back to the house, the tractor and trailer were almost ready for our hayride!

We changed into our festive clothes and got ready to party!

It's a Christmas miracle! 9 grandkids plus Gram and Pop all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time!

Then we ate all the deliciousness--a smorgasbord of appetizers and fingerfoods. If you are older than 30, you eat yours with a side of Tums. But it's all sooooo good and rich!

After we've stuffed ourselves, we grab our jingle bells and board the trailer for the hayride and caroling.

Ben didn't sleep through the hayride this year!

Our hayride is driven by none other than Santa Pop!

We sang every Christmas song we could think of and waved to all of the neighbors who came out to see the spectacle. =)

The next morning was our Christmas morning at the Cabin in the Woods. Benjamin was so excited!

Pop read the Cajun Night Before Christmas.

I managed to get some pajama-clad snuggles from all of my boys.

Scarlette read the story of Jesus's birth from the Gospel of Luke and Evie and Andrew acted out the story.

Then the present opening commenced, during which I always forget to take many pictures because there is so much going on. But rest assured there were many happy squeals, delighted gasps and exclamations of "Yes! It's a ________!"

But the greatest gift, of course, was the time we got to spend together as a family. The time passed much too quickly before we all had to start heading our separate ways. After all, it was only two days til Christmas!

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