Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Christmas 2008, Vol. 1

Christmas 2008 began on Christmas Eve with our annual Slinkard Family Christmas gathering at Granddad Tobe and Grandma Jean's house. Pretty much the whole gang was there. Sophia loves hanging out with her cousins Nicolas and Savannah...

Uncle Jeff was there, along with his new lady, Ava...


Our nephew Kyle was able to come in from Washington after a difficult journey because of weather. We usually only get to see him around Christmas time...


Toby's sister Susie was not there because she was in California visiting her daughter and grandkids. Our nephew Casey, who is in the army and stationed in Louisiana, volunteered to work Christmas so that one of his friends, who has small children, could spend Christmas with them. I think that's very noble.

As you can tell, there was no shortage of presents to be opened after dinner...


Sophia got a stocking from Granddad and Grandma...


She also got a top from them, which has turned out to be one of her favorite toys...

Here is a great view of the whole gang tearing in to all those wonderful presents...


Sophia got this adorable dress (with matching stockings and shoes) from the Slinkards (Cliff & Niki) and the Odoms. I LOVE this little dress...


Uncle Jeff got Sophia a pretty large plush horse to play with...


Uncle Cliff and Aunt Niki also got Sophia this little Winnie the Pooh toy that she can ride on now with assistance, and can 'push' herself when she gets a little bigger. Of course, it makes noise...


Granddad always finds the neatest presents. Sophia got a beautiful Tiffany style butterfly lamp for her bedroom. Nico got this amazing carousel...


As usual, Cliff got lots of books. He is an avid reader...


Uncle Jeff also got a very interesting coffee-table style book, which Sophia tried to help him read...


It was so very enjoyable to get to share this with Sophia. She got lots of wonderful gifts, but most importantly, got to spend this time with family. Next year, it will be even more fun to watch her open presents and play with her new goodies!

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