Recap of Christmas with My Punks

I don’t remember being this happy during the Christmas holidays in a very long time.  Every single one of my punks made it home.  Happy Mama!  It was just so perfect having them all home, happy to see one another, eat together, catch up on each other’s lives, eat together, laugh and tell stories, eat together, hug their Mama and Dad, and of course…eat together.  The kitchen table is where we migrate every time.  

This was our first morning all together.  They always admit that is good to come home and let Mama do the cooking.  Let’s just say I kept sending Sir Streusel to the store for more eggs and bacon.

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Paloma and Stella  are happy little girls when their brothers and sisters come home.  There are so many more laps to sleep on.  Paloma, the pomeranian, loves to wear her pretty little dresses and pose for the camera.  Stella, not so much.  She HATES her dresses.  

Stella wouldn't look at me until I took her dress off.
Stella wouldn’t look at me until I took off her dress.

Obviously, I couldn’t wait to get the punks together and take a picture.  I started with the original three punks; Chase, Paul and Paige.  Chase and Paul, twins, were born five minutes apart making Chase the oldest and Paul the baby.  Eric, aka Sir Streusel, is a twin.  Eric also had a set of twin uncles.  My sweet Mama had two sisters and both of them had a set of twins.  We were destined for twins.  I’m glad we had this talk.  Paige, our baby girl, made Paul the middle child, because he was born five minutes after Chase and Paige is now the official baby of the family.  Are you with me?  Do you need to go take a little pill for the headache you have gotten reading this?  Anywho, back to the picture taking.  It was a challenge.

Paul is wearing the Santa hat. Chase is wearing the Elf hat. Paige, aka ballerina baby, is the one they are pulling into two pieces.
Paul is wearing the Santa hat. Chase is wearing the Elf hat. Paige, aka ballerina baby, is the one they are pulling into two pieces.

It was easier to get this picture of the four dogs than it was of the punks.

The large black beauty is Sherlock. Her mommy and daddy are Paul and his wife Shannon. The sporty and adorable Jack Russell is Moses. His mommy and Daddy are Paige and her husband Joseph. Paloma is as usual perfectly posed and if you look very closely you can spot a red bow.....Stella.
The large black beauty is Sherlock. Her mommy and daddy are Paul and his wife Shannan. The sporty and adorable Jack Russell is Moses. His mommy and Daddy are Paige and her husband Joseph. Paloma is as usual perfectly posed and if you look very closely you can spot a red bow…..Stella.

Time to get a picture of the original three punks and the two spouses we now have in our family.  Again, it was a challenge.

Paul with his sweet wife Shannan who is wearing the leopard hat, Paige with her cute husband Joseph, and Chase wearing the Elf hat who is the oldest by 5 minutes. Raise your hand if you remembered that trivia??!!
Paul with his sweet wife Shannan who is wearing the leopard hat, Paige with her cute husband Joseph, and Chase wearing the Elf hat who is the oldest by 5 minutes. Raise your hand if you remembered that trivia??!!

I had purchased a “Selfie Stick” so we could get a picture of all seven of us together.  I asked Paige to open the box, put it together and figure out how the contraption works.  She had a little too much fun.

A girl and her selfie stick!
A girl and her selfie stick!
After approximately 64 pictures later, after much pinching, grabbing, surprise kisses, goofy faces, we got one! We mastered the "Selfie Stick"!! #soproud
After approximately 64 pictures later, after much pinching, grabbing, surprise kisses, goofy faces, we actually got a picture! We mastered the “Selfie Stick”!!   #soproud  #mayhaveaheadache

Pensacola went all out decorating for Christmas and it was gorgeous!  After the picture taking, we took a stroll downtown to see the Christmas lights.  I will never get tired of that simple pleasure.  Just walking, talking and taking in the lights.  

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Our Christmas meal consisted of grilled Oysters and a Shrimp Boil.  It was great because the four guys did everything, and I mean everything!

Grilled oysters are a lot of work, but my group loves them. Me, not so much. That baby needs to be battered and deep fried for me to enjoy.
Grilled oysters are a lot of work, but my group loves them. Me, not so much. That baby needs to be battered and deep fried for me to enjoy.
That child will eat them raw, baked, fried, however she can get them. FYI, the little lady in pink pants is Eric's 92 year old mother. That's right, 92! Can I get an AMEN?!
That child will eat them raw, baked, fried, however she can get them. FYI, the little lady in pink pants is Eric’s 92 year old mother. That’s right, 92! Can I get an AMEN?!
Just a little eye candy......
Just a little eye candy……
The Shrimp boil with spicy red potatoes. I refuse to reveal how many pounds of shrimp were consumed around that table. Just think of high number, and you still won't be high enough.
The Shrimp boil with spicy red potatoes. I refuse to reveal how many pounds of shrimp were consumed around that table. Just think of high number, and you still won’t be high enough.
Merry Christmas to me. I never take this group for granted and give all glory and honor to Jesus. Eric and I raised our children within the walls of our church with our church family. Everyone of them accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior at a young age. We have been beyond blessed with great kids, now with two additional in-law children.
Merry Christmas to me. I never take this group for granted and give all glory, honor and praise to Jesus. Eric and I raised our children within the walls of our church with our church family. Everyone of them accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior at a young age. We have been beyond blessed with great kids and now with two additional in-law children, our blessings overflow.

Edna and I had a special little gift for the punks this year.  Just a little something to help them remember their Mama every morning while they drink their coffee and a reminder of the great meals they are served by Edna when they come home.

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I hope your Christmas holiday was everything you wanted it to be and your blessings overflowed!  Mine certainly did.

Me and my girl
Me and my girl

Love ya,

Jody and Edna

 

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