Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kissmas Eve

Christmas is all about tradition in my family, the biggest one being the Christmas Eve party that we have at my mom's house every year. Everyone comes over for dinner, nertz, a treasure hunt, Jesus cake, and my mom always throws in some sort of churchy movie.

When we were kids, my parents would set up a treasure hunt with clues hidden around the house, the last clue leading to where our Christmas Eve presents were hidden. And every year, those presents would be pajamas accompanied by a night cap (not that kind of night cap) hand made by my mom.

Now that we're all growd up, it's the grandkids that get to do the treasure hunt, and because neither of them can read, my mom just attached a string to the presents and gave them the end so they could follow it to their treasure.

And yes, they got hats too.

Brolan wasn't a fan of his.

It was just riveting to watch!

Bob (mom's man) was the most excited about it.

And now for the spiritual moment of the night, the churchy Christmas video. Can you tell how touched everyone is? I was definitely crying behind the camera, I'm surprised this picture is actually in focus.

Everyone loves mom's spiritual moments. And what better to follow such spiritualness other than a fowl-mouthed game of nertz?!

See that chick second in from the left? You know, the one sitting next to my dad? She was crowned the Nertz Queen in 1993 and still holds that title to this day.

As you see, Albert is not playing. He refuses to play nertz with me. I don't know why the hell not, the first time we played all I did was swear at him, hit him, and threaten his life. I don't see the problem.

So Alyse was my partner, and I'm pretty sure I only yelled at her once. Not sure how many times I swore during the game but it doesn't matter because when we play nertz, the non-swearing rule goes out the window and we're allowed to say whatever is needed in order to win.

Shit. Damn. Hell.

That's about the extent of my family's swears. However this time I may have called someone a bastard, but I can't be sure.

Oh, and can you guess who won?

No, not Al, ME! Yep, I'm still the queen, but that was no surprise to anyone. If any of you out there want to challenge my current title, then by all means, it is so on. I'll kick your trash.

Moving's time for Jesus cake!

For your information, that gaping hole in the side of the cake was not from me. I definitely did not sneak a couple bites before it was time to serve the cake, and if I did, it was definitely not to get back at everyone for wanting to wait until AFTER we played nertz to eat the cake. Don't mess with my cake bitches!

Logan helped blow out the candles on Jesus' birthday cake. I'm pretty sure Jesus is probably 2007 years older than 3 but we didn't have any more candles, plus my mom didn't want to start her house on fire so we just stuck with the 3. I'm sure Jesus didn't mind.

Here's Chad, Kels & Brolan waiting patiently for cake.

Sorry Karn Katherine, it looks like Brolan is already groping girls, I'll try to straighten him out for Cutie Pie! (I'm 99.99% sure that it is my brother's fault)

Lindee loves it when I take her picture. She begged me to take this and I was like "fine, whatever".

Other cute pics...Mom and her dude.

And of course, my cute dad.

Okay so you all know I'm constantly on the quest of becoming the favorite aunt right? Well I'm pretty sure I've achieved that with Logan but I'm still working on Brolan. So that night I was devastated to watch this phenomenon occur.

Brolan wanted Alex.

The baby wanted to play with the big scary dude. And not only that but he wanted to feed him.

Over and over.

And when it was done? Then guess what happened.

Yes, Brolan gave Alex a kiss! I couldn't handle the betrayal, Christmas is supposed to be filled with love and peace, not hatred and jealousy.

I better step up my game.

Ok if you all can keep a secret, then I'll show you some top secret pictures. Logan and I may or may not have snuck away during the spiritual moment to work on our face making abilities.

Happy Face.

Sad face.

Cute Face.

Surprised Face.

Angry Face.

Scared Face.

Silly Face.

And finally,

Pissed Face.

Don't mess with us.


blueviolet said...

I kinda melted with Alex and the baby. So sweet!

The Green Family said...

Did I really just read about a Jesus cake and bastards all in the same post?! LOVE IT!

I agree...Alex with the baby kiss is precious...I think you can give up your fav aunt title long enough for that pic!

Pricilla said...


The hat on the baby photo was too cute! In a sea of cute photos

That Gal Kiki said...

Ok, I just love Love LOVE your family. Your mom is so creative with the string and whole idea of the treasure hunt!

Also. I need a Nikon.

Beautiful family, mulady!

Kristina P. said...

I wish we had a Jesus cake!

Debbi said...

I soooo need to be semi-adopted, poobs. Seriously.

I just learned how to play Nertz the other day. like, Tuesday!

And, it's probably a good thing that I'm not your sister.. You'd TOTALLY lose the 'best auntie ever' contest. Just saying.

Kasey Hunt said...

Nertz... don't know how to play it. Sounds fun though. We like to play spoons. That too is an aggressive game.

thatgirlblogs said...

look at your mom and dad, getting along, mixing it up -- that's awesome!

Sal B said...

Oh my word. Your hubby kissing Brolan. To.die.for.

And what is Nertz?? We love to play games!

otin said...

Loved the kid copping a feel!!!! haha!

funny how things have changed. I see that in a bunch of pictures, people are always on the phone or checking their phones.

The face making pictures were hysterical!!

Sara said...

The baby groping picture is awesome! Great pics! Love the family dynamics. You all seem like a fun, close family.

Rebecca Jo said...

uh-oh... cute dad picture alert... ahhhhh :)

I love you're all playing the game with a baby running in the middle of the table... now that's family fun right there! :)

How precious is that kiss with Brolan & Alex? Did your heart melt a little?

LadyStyx said...

I wish my family lived closer because that's just the type of Christmas we'd have....well minus the nerts game because Im sure mom wouldn't approve of that!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Every freakin' picture was adorable! What a cute family you all are.

Bethany said...

There is just so much to love here. I kind of wish I was there, at least then it would have been no big deal when my son deliberatly groped two different family members.

Jesus cake. Next year instead of letting the boys blow out the candles you should pray that God would send a great wind. Just a little suggestion.

Good work teaching all those faces. He's so stinking cute.

Julia said...

Loved the "faces" great concept I might just have to steal. You know that is flattery at it's best right?

And oh that little baby kissin on your husband was adorable!!! :) Smileville!

ChicagoLady said...

I definitely need to read up on Nertz, it must be fun if you're so good at it!

Brolan just gets cuter and cuter! I'm jealous of Al.

Lee said...

Ohhhh my Goooood, I aw'd so loud when I saw Brolan kiss Alex. ADORABLE.

What the fudge is Nertz? Any game that gives me free reign to curse is a good game in my book.

Anonymous said...

hehe, love the expressions!

birthday candles for Jesus, that is so stinkin cute!

Hot Dad, woot woot!

Justine said...

O.M.G. Totally loved this post! Have a few questions though. What the HELL is Nertz? Never heard of it. And heeheehee... you said "fowl" mouthed. What? You had a piece of poultry in there while you were cursing?

I love these night caps your mom made the kids, and the picture of Brolan pulling his off is hysterical.

All the emotion faces are wonderful. Man, you've got gorgeous eyes and that kid is so damn cute I just want to bite him!

Ummm... you mom's kitchen phone? ROFLMAOPIMP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I'm the only one, but I have no idea what Nerts is?? Cute pics though!

Sara said...

It looks like your Christmas eve was a lot of fun. I do have to ask what Nertz is? I have never played, or heard of that game!

We also had a Jesus cake, but it only got one candle.Come to think of it, it has gotten one candle for over 20 years, yikes

Kristin said...

He has the pissed face down! Jesus cake? How have I never heard of this?

Punk said...

Love the face-making practice. Love love love.

Also, looks like you're going to have to do a nertz post for those of us idiots who had no idea what you were talking about other than some kind of game that you kick butt at and sometimes that's literal. We thank you in advance.

Synergy Girl said...

You crack me up!! Okay, dont hate...but I don't know that I have ever play nertz (cringes before blow)....I have heard of it......but I can't be sure I have ever really played...I know I would like it though if it allows me to swear!!! Well, your family has cute traditions....thought the treasure hunt idea was awesome...!

Debbie said...

Admirable photos. You guys look like you'd be so much fun to get together with.

nertzfan said...

It's cool to see others that know about Nertz. You should definitely check out , the site for the National Nertz Association. There is a bunch of interesting Nertz information, videos, and photos there AND you can play Nertz on-line for free. I recommend it to all Nertz players! So cool. =)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

That settles it. Utah is moving to the number 1 slot for 'possible places to move'. You know, so I can be close to my adoptive family and have some fun and all. And Jesus Cake.

And I have no idea what Nertz is, but it's cool to see you've been the, um, I mean Nertz...Queen for all these years. Maybe I can steal your tiara or crown or whatever a Nertz Queen wears because I'm sure once I figure out what it is, I could probably kick your tiara. Maybe. Not. :)

Loved all the pictures - especially those of Brolan's betrayal with his special moments with Alex...priceless! :)

Jason, as himself said...

Of course you know that my favorite part was the riveting churchy movie!

And I'm so glad your mom has a man.

And...speaking of your mom...I just realized why I always think I know her. She looks just like my son's kindergarten teacher, who I adore.

Lori said...

thanks for sharing such great pictures! What an awesome family you have!! :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

OMGosh your mom is so amazing! Strings to the presents. What a fun way to do it! LOVING the homemade night caps, I so would love those, yes the cloth kind :)

Still love the Jesus cake idea going to do that next year. I make everyone watch it's a wonderful life ;).

LOVE the faces.

Nana said...

See, you should have paid more attention during your mom's spiritual movie. Then I would not be reading about you stealing band aids a few days later!!!!

What is NertZ? And I bet I could kick your trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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