Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas 2012~Welcome to the D. Family Hilton

...or more appropriately less fancy the D. Family Red Roof Inn or Motel 6!

Christmas this year was a succession of comings and goings. Our big kids came in a few days at a time. There was a steady stream from Dec. 21 until Dec. 29.

The first one to come in was Daniel.

He was only able to stay until Dec. 27th. He had to go back to Wilmington to begin his major winter training. They train in Wilmington for a few days, then it's off to sunny Florida. At least they hope it will be sunny because they train in an outdoor pool there.

Next came John, Jr.

He was supposed to stay until the 26th, but got called into work and had to leave the 25th.

Anna and Jamie were here on Christmas Day and sporadically throughout the holiday.

They brought their furry little reindeer, Rocko.

Lastly, Beth and her dog, Bella, came on the 26th. She had to come later in the day because it was snowing at Greg's parent's house, where they were visiting.

She had to leave on the 29th.

So the door was busy revolving for a week or so. I'm not complaining, though. I'll take how ever long I can get them. The little ones got some special time with each of their older siblings.

My lovelies!

It was nice to have them all together for a couple of hours when we took Daniel to school in Wilmington, where  we met up with John and Sharon.

I finally got to see where John lives.

We walked to downtown Wilmington and shared a meal together.

Ignore the vampire eyes. As par for the course, I didn't have my camera and had to use my phone's camera.
Abbey and Elijah were bummed every time someone left. Many times they would call the roll and state who was present and who was missing. They loved having their family together.

Official Christmas Picture

I'm so grateful that they have each other!


  1. Great pictures--even with the vampire eyes. I see the beards got shaved off in that last picture. I was thinking it was a Christmas vacation thing but wasn't sure. :) See you next Monday at gymnastics!

  2. Thanks for the additional quote on my blog. That is my prayer...that I will see more of God in 2013 and in turn be able to trust Who He says He is! Thanks again!