Our first family Christmas party of the year was with the Payne side. Lucky for us, this year it was held in the general vicinity of our house. Usually we travel a couple of hours, but one of my dad's brothers lives near us and they hosted our annual Christmas get together this year. Oddly enough, several family members were sick or missing this year for various reasons and it didn't seem as loud and boisterous as usual. The food was delish, as usual, and the girls got presents that were very thoughtful.
I love spending time with my family and a highlight for me this year is the fact that my cousin Shannon, who is a very talented graphic artist, also started her own photography business. Seriously! To say I love good photography is an understatement. And Shannon has an eye for it AND lots of skill with photoshop. It's the little things that make me happy, really.
As you can see from the below shots, most of which are Shannon's. My favorite are the one with my dad and the grand kids and the one of my sweet Grace. Thanks Shannon! You can count on us as regular customers!
My Dad with Grace, Jack, Abby, and Isabelle
Kelsey, our the "Little Girl Whisperer" as we like to call her. Showing her own doll collection to my daughters and neice. She had them completely spell bound for hours.
Jenna, home from college, with Eian and Isabelle
My beautiful toothless Isabelle, currently down TWO teeth!
I love this shot of Sam, Eian, Jenna, and Kelsey.
And My favorite of Gracie. Do you love that big bow or what? I swore I never would, but I did. And I even though she could barely keep her head up with it on, I don't regret it one bit!