Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Recap

This Christmas was my first Christmas with Michael and we had a great time being with family and friends.  We started off spending Christmas Eve at my cousin Kourtney's house with my dad's side of the family.  Our family is so big and there are always tons of people there, but we always have so much fun.  One of my favorite things we do is an auction for a family in need.  We all bring things around the house that maybe we don't want anymore but that other people might want and then we bid on them.  All the money that we raise goes to a family that somebody knows about that is struggling and could really use the extra money.  It's so fun and I love that we get to bless others and still maybe walk away with some items that we want.

Cousin and brothers
Goofing around 
Aunt and cousins
My sister and my niece
Dad and Aunt
Reading the Christmas story to the kids
Dad playing the piano so we could sing Christmas carols
Katie playing the violin

My grandmother and my cousin's mom

Cousin and brother
My brother, the auctioneer
We stayed the night at my parents house on Christmas eve and opened presents there on Christmas morning.

This Christmas was Sophie's first Christmas and she loved it!  I thought she would be too little, but she loved opening her gifts and playing with them.

Our plan was to go to Michael's sisters's house, but it started snowing and the roads were kind of questionable so we decided it would be best to stay put.  It was so fun to have a white Christmas!  It doesn't snow in Texas very often and hardly ever on Christmas day!  It made for a great day.

Loved seeing the giant snowflakes
So pretty!
Maddie loved playing in the snow!

My mom's side of the family came over for Christmas dinner.  My cousin Ryan and his wife Randi are going to Thailand to be missionaries and help with the victims of human trafficking.  Instead of buying gifts for each other we all donated money to them for their trip.  They are leaving in January to go to the Phillipines for 10 weeks of training and then will be relocating to Thailand in the summer.  (If you are interested in finding out about their mininstry, go to was so meaningful to be able to support them.  We all had a great time together eating and playing games!

We had a great Christmas and it was so fun to have new babies and to celebrate mine and Michael's first Christmas together.

Hope you all had a great Christmas!


  1. Hi Andrea- Beautiful Christmas photos and so many memories made. Have a happy New Year.

  2. Thanks for sharing your great photos. Happy New Year:)

  3. Looks Like you had a wonderful Christmas! You got snow in TX and we had nothing in NY!!! crazy! Love the family photos - v cool about your cousins going to Thailand to help others....That's def on my bucket list! Happy NEw YEAR!!!

  4. What a lovely family - loved the pics! And you can have our snow - we have about 8" on the ground right now!

  5. Awwww!!! So jealous of your big family, goofin around, singing carols and listening to the violin. So awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing your celebration with us!

    Missed ya!!

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  7. Oh Andrea, it looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas together. I am so happy for you. I remember you talking about your family auction last year and I thought it sounded like a brilliant idea. Tis the season of giving, love and sharing after all. xx

  8. Love all the pics! We were hoping for a white Christmas too, but ours came a day late.

  9. Looks like you had a fantastic family Christmas :o)