Monday, December 22, 2008

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We're at my mom's now. Doing the fabulously-slash-hideously full house thing. We've got 8 adults and 10 kids in their 2200 sq ft house. My mom is sleeping on a foam pad on the floor to free up space for the rest of us. That's my mom.

We did our weekend in Newport. Stayed in the Newport Coast Villas with Lacy and Joe and their kids and did that whole time-share package. Ross and I did the fun, fun sales presentation. I used to be the one in the hotel getting people to go on those presentations, so it wasn't too hard for me to say no. I remember how many perfectly decent people said no and came out alive. I got my Nordstrom gift card and left guiltless and quite happy.
The weekend was perfect (perfect assuming I already wrote off good sleep coming into this excursion). Lacy and Joe are the kind of family I could live with (what do you say Joe?)... I'm not sure the feeling's mutual, but for me, lots of time in close quarters with them is great. They like eating as much as I do, so I don't have to feel self-conscious-- my kind of company. And since there's no way we could all bombard Mel overnight with her new-baby and little beach house, the villa was the PERFECT way to eat up some time with Mike, Mel, Heath, and new baby Ivy. Of course I had to include a couple more pictures of her. Most of the photos were taken on Saturday when we hung out for the afternoon at her house with sandwiches and Sprinkles Cupcakes (YUM). There's nothing quite like watching all the little cousins enjoy each other so much. I love my family. I love the holidays.

7 comments:

Christin said...

love the black and whites of your sister and Ivy. Too fun.

Christin

Megan said...

Always love your posts. I love you house decorations and I love love love the Dean's Fam Pics. So adorable. I just love that family!

Fun for you guys to go down to the OC. Love it. It is the best isn't it. Why did we ever move???

Lowdogg said...

You forgot to write about how Heath and Sophia are bending over because I am about to shoot them in the bum(s) with the nerf gun.

As for the living together, you can live in the garage...

THE MEYERS said...

I'm so impressed with your Christmas decorations! I'm starting to feel guilty because I kept excusing our lack of festive decor due to traveling over the holidays. Now, I see we have no excuse! Sounds like you'll be busy - it's amazing how fast families grow; I'm totally familiar with the foam pad and air mattress thing. But is there really anything else you'd rather do than spend time with family over the holidays? Not me...

I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year!!

Brandon or Michelle said...

looks so fun. can i be an honorary sister, just because I would like it sooo much? :)

I wish my kids could get captured by your photography magic. :) keep it up! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Lillie
Just wanted to say Merry Christmas!
Vern

Rachelle said...

Miss, miss, miss you. Merry Christmas!