Mom & dad's lovely tree, before the kiddos all woke up/arrived.
A man & his doodle-in-law... Who creepily poses for pictures.
Awaiting the arrival of my sister & her family, the last ones to be surprised on my side
& they were surprised!
Catherine was mostly eager to show us her Etch-A-Sketch drawing.
Uncle Jared teaching Catherine how to "Push!" Tommy on his new toy... This man will be such a great papa.
Tommy, though pleased with his new toys, was much more impressed with the tree lights.
The essence of an Essmann Christmas morning
Catherine & her new babydoll taking a break to nap on the stairs.
Hangin' out with some red-headed babies
My niece is fascinated with my camera, so she took a few stealth photos of Poppy
Onto the Bethune home to surprise Jared's mama & see his out-of-state siblings!
Mama & Papa Bethune!
It's my NINTH year of partaking in my father-in-law's AMAZING tamales & enchiladas,
& Christmas has been forever changed because of them.
It also just isn't a Bethune holiday celebration without Sangria Senorial.
We ventured home that evening & headed straight into work a few hours later, but our short trip was soooo worth it. It is such a treat to visit with our wonderful families, even for the shortest amount of time. Here is to next year's celebrations being just a little bit longer, & a sweet, sweet year of memories in between.
& to maybe actually taking a photo together on Christmas? That would be new.