Christmas with the Family - Saturday - December 24, 2011

On Saturday morning, Christmas Eve day, we picked up Nancy’s Mom and made the 3 ½ hour drive to our daughter’s house in Raleigh, NC to spend Christmas with the family.

Leaving Murrells Inlet at Sunrise.
01 - Sunrise on the road

Our son Brian and his wife Chris were also going to be there so our entire family was having Christmas together. To get in the holiday spirit we played Christmas music the entire trip.

OK – we’re ready!

Arriving at our daughter’s house.
02 - Arriving at Julie and Steve's

Our son just got a new car…a Cube!!

Samantha is showing Grandpop her shadow in the car;o))05 - Samantha showing Grandpop her shadow

We were the last to arrive and it sure did look like they were ready for Christmas!!03- Christmas is ready

We brought a grab bag of silly little gifts. 

Everyone gets to open something.

This gets the kids warmed up for the real deal tomorrow morning!!06 - Opening Grab bag gifts07 - Opening Grab bag gifts

There also was a little Ladder Ball competition going on.
Hate to admit that Nancy and Julie were the big winners!!08 - Ladder Ball

Our son, Brian
Grandson, Andrew

in their team jerseys!!
12 - Brian and Andrew Panthers and Saints
Do they look alike or what!?!?!

While the ladies got dinner ready,
the guys hung out and watched a little football ;o))15 - Boys waiting for dinner

The girls tried to teach me how to use their electronic games,
but I’ll leave that to the 4 and 6 year olds.

I really am a much better watcher ;o))16 - Emily and Samantha Showing Grandpop the DS

We had our traditional Christmas dinner
with ham, turkey and all the fixin’s on
Saturday rather than Sunday
since Brian and Chris had to leave
Christmas morning to visit Chris’ family.

Nancy, Julie and Chris combined to put a fantastic meal on the table for all of us to enjoy. 17 - Christmas Eve Dinner is ready

Great-Grandmom was in charge of the Kids Table!!18 - Christmas Eve Dinner the kids table

There was plenty of room for all to enjoy a great meal!!20 - Christmas Eve Dinner Adults table

After gorging ourselves,
 we went for a long walk to view the Christmas lights… 

‘Exterior Illumination’ as our son Brian calls it ;o) 21 - Christmas Eve Lights Walk22 - Christmas Eve Lights Walk23 - Christmas Eve Lights Walk

Back at the house, the children got to open another present before going to bed!!24 - Christmas Eve Gift Opening - Daniel25 - Christmas Eve Gift Opening all the kids

Even I got to open a very special package…

Tastycake Butterscotch Krimpets!!! 26 - Christmas Eve Gift Tastycakes for Grandpop
I believe I know what I will have for breakfast;o))

But first, we needed to get to bed early....

We know the grandchildren will be up
bright and early Christmas morning!!!


  1. What a lovely day before Christmas you had with such a wonderful family. That's a lot of folks for one house. Your exterior illuminations beat mine for sure. :-)

    We're headin' south this week-end. See you when you get there !!! Can't wait!

  2. How nice to have your whole family together for Christmas! What a joyful occasion you had. Loved the smiles on all the kids faces (and Grandpops, too!)

    Happy New Year! We're praying that this year you'll be on the road (and quickly).

  3. What fun! It's times like these that give us memories to last forever. Kids at this age are so much fun! All too soon they are teenagers and off they go! Glad your whole family was able to get together. That makes it even more special :)
    Happy New Year!

  4. Love the family pictures. Christmas is great when there is small children around (especially grands!). Here's hoping that 2012 is profitable for the Mills :)

  5. Christmas just is not the same without kids. Thanks for sharing yours :)
    Brian's Panther's stomped my Bucs, but I think Andrew will have the last laugh. I think the Saints will take it all this year -

  6. Looks like you had a great Christmas. I love Andrew's jersey. Go Saints! (especially Drew Brees).

  7. Looks like a great family Christmas! I vote for the Panthers t-shirt.

  8. That Friendship Bracelet kit was a very popular gift this year...go ahead, guess how I know? :-). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...hope to see you at the Tampa RV show...we'll going on Thursday, and staying at Hillsborough SP.