I'm still kicking myself for forgetting to get a group picture though.
So many things have changed since this was taken last year. That tiny squish in the middle is crawling all over at top speed. Two of the mamas are knocked up again (the two that are not me, for the record). The guy in red that can't make a serious face to save his life has his very own little squish this year. And, the two eldest girls have at least three times as much hair now.
Next year I'll get a group shot. Fingers crossed.
Aria, Chris, and I spent the morning (and day before) in full prep mode. Cleaning and cooking and keeping Aria entertained in between. I thought fondly of those years when keeping a toddler alive and happy wasn't part of the equation. Chris ran to the store for things we forgot 6 times. I made 4 lists and still forgot to make the stuffing. I patted myself on the back for buying back up boxed stuffing. And, eventually everything came together.
So, everybody showed up and the kids all played together - as much as an 8 month old, a 1 year old, a 2 year old, and an almost 3 year old play together. The kids got hungry, the food was behind schedule (also the story of my life), everybody finally ate, and then more playing before I shoved extra plates of dessert at people to take home and we called it party over.
sweet potatoes, broccoli cheese casserole, green bean casserole, mac & cheese, corn on the cob, rolls, apples, cranberry sauce, and deviled eggs. For dessert: pecan pie, and caramel apple blondie cheesecake. Plus apple cider to drink.
Can't wait to do it all over again next year!