Saturday, January 2, 2016

Always a Good Time

When all of the Boyces come to town, we pack in as much time together as possible. There's always a lot of laughing, movie watching, and, thanks to Grandma, plenty of food to munch on as we fill her house with our family almost daily.

All of us were excited to be together to see these two darling babies.

Becky and I spent a lot of time swapping newborn stories and just gushing over how sweet Leah and Charlie are.  I'd say it's safe to say that everyone else feels the same.
 I didn't hear a single complaint about having to snuggle a baby, that's for sure. :-)

Nate and the boys found some Christmas lights with the Birons. 

The boys and I joined the Birons at the bowling alley one morning.  It was a first for Noah and Luke.

  They liked rolling the ball, but Luke especially just wanted to mostly watch the balls come out of the return.  It was like magic to a three year old. 

A group of us went for a walk.  In normal years this old bridge is completely under water, but this long, dry drought has left only a small river running under it.  Nate mountain bikes over here sometimes, so it was fun to see where he goes.  And, it was just a beautiful morning to get out and move a little.

Grandma got LOTS of unexpected help when it came to frosting K.C.'s birthday cake.  There were plenty of willing hands, who had licking a spatula or knife in mind when it was all done.

Annie planned a really fun New Year's Eve for the kids.  She filled balloons and each one had a piece of paper inside naming an activity to do.  Every half hour one of the kids got to pop a balloon to find out what the next adventure was for the night.  There were things like run around the block, play UNO, have a dance party, and Grandpa jumps into the pool.  One was putting pantyhose on our heads to make silly faces.  
 I wish I had more pictures of that one.

Another was throwing cheese puffs onto shaving cream -- which happened to be on a shower cap on the heads of Joey, K.C. and Grandpa.
These guys are good sports and gave us all lots of laughs.

The Skittle game was a big hit.

 My boys amassed far more candy than they could eat, but felt like huge winners looking at their very full red cups. 

It was New Year's Eve partying success.  Thanks Annie!

The Birons left on New Year's day.  K.C. and the Hughes left the day after.  Our little family felt a bit lost without our big family that we'd spent the last week and a half with.  We are already looking forward to summer when we'll be together again!

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