The second part of our Christmas celebration took place in Connecticut and Maine, with Jason's family. We headed up to his sister's house in Connecticut first (a 13 hour drive). Here is the annual family shot of Jason, his two sisters, and their Dad:
That's right, this is the family I married into:
(sorry some of the pics are so blurry, not sure what happened with my camera)
Jason's sister (Jen) has four kids, and all of the cousins were fast friends:
Mealtime was always interesting with 6 kids!
Poppie's retreat was the couch with a good book - I still don't know how he managed to block out all the noise!
We had a great time opening gifts with them, too.
One of Jason's favorite things about being up north is that he has access to Dunkin Donuts on almost every street corner. Even Harry realized the greatness that is Dunkin coffee!
Speaking of Harry, he certainly didn't escape unscathed - this is a shot of the black eye he got after running into the corner of a table:
But, he survived and we made our way to Jason's mom's house for Christmas day, a 5 hour drive from Jen's. They have a charming home, the ideal place to spend Christmas. She had everything decorated so sweetly and we felt right at home.
We had a great time on Christmas morning, opening gifts and hanging out together.
We had a nice surprise that morning when we woke up to the beautiful snow falling - it was perfect!
We couldn't wait to get the kids outside, so we bundled up and headed out. The sled was a big hit with Harry, not so much with Eden.
(one of my favorite pics!)
Meme and Pepe also have chickens, and Eden was completely enamored. She clucked away at them as if she knew how to talk to them.
The rest of our time in Maine was spent totally relaxing. It was a wonderful time of calm and peace, and we had such a wonderful time.
This is their dog, Bonnie. I'm not sure there has ever been a sweeter dog!
(the kids made themselves right at home, taking over the comfy chairs in front of the TV)
Life is hard, eh?
I would be remiss not to mention the hours we spent playing dominoes! Joanna and I had some serious design action going on here:
We were so blessed to be able to spend time with Jason's family this year! It was so much fun and we are so thankful for our chance to visit.