This was Ryan's first Christmas being married and I think he wanted Stacey to see how the Leybas' celebrate Christmas. Christmas Eve we did the usual making of tamales in the morning. For some reason I LOVED them this year! I think my dad did something with the meat, but they were delicious!
This is probably the last time we will do the "REAL" Leybas Christmas. I think everyone is wanting to start their own traditions with their own families. I'm sure we will still keep some of the traditions as a big family, but the main reason we all got together this year was for Ryan. As it was Kyle and Stacey didn't come down until after Christmas morning. I think next year we will do our own Christmas. Boone will be old enough to understand a few more things and I think it will be fun.
Boone helped out by eating the olives.
Christmas Eve night we lit the firebags in the front yard.
Then drove around looking at Christmas lights:
Here's Boonie Christmas morning all snuggly and delicious in his pj's. I love his sleepy eyes in this picture.
We all headed upstairs for the traditional bed-pile on.
We went to church and then opened stockings. After that Kyle, Stacey, and Darci came for the main presents.
We got my mom a frame with pictures of her favorite childhood pictures of each of us. It was funny because before she even opened it she started crying... she didn't even know what it was!! Here she is looking at the pictures.
Here they are... we put in the old photo and then a remake. This was all Ryan's idea. He gets all the credit. They came out so cute!!
The traditional paper throwing pile.
Ryan and Stacey gave the babies pillow pets. Darci put hers right to use.
Then for some odd reason we decided to roast marshmellows that night in the backyard. While we were all standing around we started saying that people should jump in the pool. Well this evolved into The Hunger Games. For those of you who have read the books, you'll understand. If not, here is the game that we vowed will be played from now on. The three brothers (not Mason because they are all afraid of him) went into the pool fence. None of them could come out until one of them ended up in the pool. Hence, The Hunger Games. They formed alliances, broke alliances, and gave us a good show! It was HILARIOUS and we got it all on film.
Here is starts. Ryan chose a weapon - the pool skimmer!
Looks like Kyle ended up with it here...
Ryan ended up in this position below but surprisingly he got out of it!! We all thought he was a goner for sure!
Then they ended up by us all again. I love this picture below because Stacey is petting Ryan. In the video you just see her little hand reaching over and petting him. It seems like Ryan was always the one getting picked on.
Kyle's turn to be picked on:
AND.... Poor Ryan was the loser who ended up in the pool. I've never seen someone get out of the water so fast! It must have been cold!! I have to say though that Kyle and Eric never charged anyone and just stood waiting to be attacked. Ryan was the attacker which is why he probably ended up in the pool.
Until next year when the 2012 Hunger Games commences!!
My family does have strange traditions!! But we do have fun!!