She feels like family to us. Technically she's my brother-in-law's mother but she's swooped my kids into the circle of her grandmotherly affections: hugging, kissing, giving out love as freely as she lets the kids visit Mr. M&M for chocolate treats. She's a gem. When my sister talked with me about how she and Dano wanted to give her a photo session for Christmas, I was so game to be a part of it. The gift comes in two parts, the first was a couple days after Christmas with Dee's boys and their families, along with her wonderful husband Reg, and brother, Dr. Bob. For part two we are hoping for the angels to sing, everyone's schedules to align, and for all of her children and Reg's children and their families to meet at their beautiful cottage on the ocean in the summer. I'll get to follow along as they dig in the sand, the kids build forts out of driftwood, dinner is grilled and finally s'mores are crafted around the campfire. I.Can't. Wait.

On this day, everyone came over to Grandee (such a cute play on "Grandma+ Dee") and Grandad's home. The weather was supposed to be 90% of a chance of rain...but I was praying and we had a wonderful hour window of no rain so we could all get out together.

We started in their backyard by the playhouse for the kids.

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Ben is such a sweetheart. It was chilly but he told me he wasn't even cold. I told him he must be half snowman/ half human.

Grandee gave him a kiss and left a little lipstick on his cheek....just what a little boy wants.

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With the others...Quinn, Adelaide, and Ezzie.

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Then we all walked to the park. I love seeing family together when everyone starts talking and laughing, aunties scoop up babies, uncles grab hands. It was fun. Grandee was beaming.

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Then I pulled out my new favorite trick with families for a laugh. Dr. Bob was a bit concerned that this would show up on YouTube or something. No worries...

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Quinny absolutely refused the facial hair option and Ezzie did not last long.

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Now Ben, however, thoroughly enjoyed being the sticking post for all the leftovers.

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She's done a beautiful job, this mama. These are good guys and I know she's proud.

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Here she is with Reg, who she calls her Mr. Wonderful. It is good to be loved.

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And with her brother.

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She's a sweet heart and very loved by them all.

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They're a wee bit crazy, but hey, that's family, right?

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Merry Christmas Part 1, Grandee. I can't wait to come to the Point to spend the day with your whole gang in the summer.