Wednesday, December 24, 2008

And the Winner Is.......

It was a great Christmas Eve with all of my favorite people around me.
Of course it all started with food. Everyone brought something
so that we had quite the variety.

Then we spent a bit of time just visiting.

These guys are showing off their new Christmas jammies.
A present from their other grandma.

These 2 cuties are showing me their gift from the treasure hunt that took place later in the evening. But I forgot to put it in that section and have no idea how to move it, so keep it in mind when you get to that part of my post.

The big Christmas trivia game was the highlight of the evening.
We had 3 family teams: Morgans, Thurstons, and Strassers.

Ella got pretty excited when she got an answer right for her team.

Hazel was her team leader and boy does that girl know her Christmas trivia.

The Morgan's came in first and won the Monopoly Collectors Edition Game.

The Thurstons came in right behind and won the gourmet chocolates.

Leaving the Strassers happily in 3rd place with the Hickory Farms gift pack.

Immediately following the trivia game was the grandkids favorite annual event:
Grandpa's Treasure Hunt.
The following are pictures of the grand kids showing off their find.

If you recall from the earlier picture of Wini and Violet, Wini was at first quite pleased with her purse and jewelry. But the more she watched the boys playing with their nifty swords, the more disenchanted she became with that girlie purse. Soon she couldn't hold in her sorrow over not being able to convince Teddy to make a trade.

This year grandpa decided to have a Treasure Hunt for the grown ups and I think they may have gotten a bigger kick out of it than the kiddies.
With clues like:
uoy rof tfig a eb ll'ereht erehw eulc a dnif ll'uoy dna eulf eht pu kool eulb era steloiv der era sesoR
8-1, 4-2, 3-2, 3-1, 4-3, 6-2, 4-3, 6-2, 4-1, 7-3, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

I wouldn't have expected them to ever find the treasure, but I underestimated their desire for these great gifts!

All too soon it was time to face the clean up.
Everyone worked hard to get it done.

The kids ran outside ahead of their parents to see if they could maybe break an arm
slipping around on the snowy sidewalk.

The kiddies crowded into the doorway, waiting for someone to carry them out to their waiting vehicles. Oooh to be a kid again.

The final couple to get out to their car, stood in the snow
so I could get a cute picture.

The evening was a great success. It was wonderful to be with family on this special night.
I wish you all joy at this holiday season.
Merry Christmas!


eekareek said...

It was super fun night. Thanks for hosting and planning such fun games. You forgot to mention that you made the trivia game!

Memzy said...

I'm so glad the Morgan's braved the snow to show up. It looks like they won't regret it.

Erin Beck said...

Ah that looks like fun...almost as fun as jenny and my Christmas eve! Show them Jenny!

ManicMandee said...

You're the winner of "Blogger come back of the year!" I am loving this. Your family is such a good time.

Katie said...

That was so much fun. I will look back on that night with the fondest of memories!

Jenny ESP said...

You do such a good job of recapping, and with pictures and everything! Thanks for filling us in. It's like we were there, but without having to drive in the snow. Our Christmas Eve had a long cooking portion that was nightmarish.