Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cowboy Christmas

8 days in Rhome, Texas. We reunited with with my father-in-law’s entire family. We spent time with some of my mother-in-law’s family.

Here it is in words:

Karaoke, Six Flags, Brisket, Real Cowboys, Toys R Us Exploding in the Living Room Christmas Eve, Toys R Us Exploding Again Christmas Morning, Reconnections, Stock Yards, Steak & Potatoes, Naps, Movies, White Elephant Gifts, Dogs, Christmas Bingo, Santa Magic, Four Generations, Old Home Movies, A Healthy Dose of Daily Drama & Memorable Misadventures, Overjoyed Children, Late-Night Visiting, El Chico, Walmart, 80 degrees, 34 degrees, Breakfast Casserole, Laughter

And here it is in pictures:

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Most people place their bags underneath the seat in front of them. We place our Max. (And he slept!)

DSC_0039DSC_0052DSC_0064 DSC_0076 My cute MIL tries so hard to open her eyes for pictures. But 9 times out of 10 she just can’t. I love her.


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A little nervous about the rollercoaster…


but he did it!

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Pretty sure they’re having a chat about how Alex and I are cleansing the gene pool in the height department. And about how we’re bringing in stomachs of steel. (Katie & Harley feel sick after two coasters. Weak!)

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Harley and his grandpa, Bo


Bert (Bo) King’s Posterity (plus Pillow Pets)

Top Row: Wendy & Harley King, Alex Jones, Maxwell King, Jim King, Jamie & Wes Henson, Natalee Martinez, Jason Barton, Cassie, Haleigh & Kyle Schwab. 2nd Row: Janna Dorsey, Katie Jones, Abby Martinez. Sitting: Debby & Ed King, Bo King, Gala & Jesse Cropp, Renee & John Carrillo. Floor: Dalen Dorsey, Anderson King, Calista Schwab, Shelby Winborne, Charlee & Joey Henson, Brendon Schwab.

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Ed King Family

Alex & Katie, Ed & Debby, Max & Jim, Bo, Harley, Janna & Dalen, Wendy & Anderson




Harley’s Aunt Gala hosted us, adored our kids (she called them her “Little Enchiladas”) and gave Anderson a cowboy outfit and Cars pajamas. She successfully won Anderson (and me) over.


I love this picture of Anderson, Harley’s cute Aunt Renee and her beloved gift: a dolphin pillow pet.


Uncle Jesse, Gala’s husband, is a true cowboy. He was in top form Christmas Eve on his Harley. And on his Harley.






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The Hellewell Family

Top Row: Jim King, Alex & Katie Jones, Wendy & Harley King, Janna Dorsey. Sitting: Ed & Debby King, Jan Hellewell, Peyton Hellewell, Anderson King, Dick Hellewell, Max King, Nancy & Ric Hellewell. Floor: Brandi & David Hellewell, Richard & Jenn Hellewell. (Missing: Debby’s sister Lynda and her family.)


Siblings: Jim, Harley, Katie & Janna


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!



Kate said...

Looks like a good time!! And wow, Max has a dashing head of hair! He always looks so dapper! Cute kids you have! Hope we can get together with you guys again soonish... always love to see you.

Anonymous said...

Wendy and Harley - I had to come out of lurking to tell you that your kids are darling, and Max looks just like Grandpa Jeddie! Looks like Christmas in Texas was awesome. Thanks for posting all pics. We love the Kings!

Lynn Butler

jeanette said...

AWESOME! I love the Kings...seeing the photos made me realize how long it has been since I saw everyone. Bummer the clan moved to TX.

lys said...

Wendy, you look amazingly HOT in that cowboy hat. Seriously!!! I love the pics of the boys together- you can tell that they are really starting to love being brothers. As always, such a great post with such great pics. I wish you would ghostwrite my blog!

Ryan and Cheryl Harris said...

Oh my gosh...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the last picture. Can you please blow up and frame and find a spot for it in Anders room...please?

I love how you formatted this post, and I'm sure you have lots of details to inform me of when we talk this afternoon.

You got some great pictures and it looks like you all had a really fun time.

Ali Snow said...

Wonderful pictures. Wonderful time. Glad you got to spend Christmas with Harley's family. I agree with Cheryl and that last picture. So cute. I can't WAIT until Feb!

Lisa Weiler said...

i love anderson with a fohawk! So great. And I really like the picture of Max lying on Ed's stomach :)

Anonymous said...

You went on the Titan and didn't throw up?! Well that settles one discusion. I think we can assume you are not expecting.

What a neat family those Kings are. I am looking for my cowboy hat. Yee Haw.

Love Dad

Kara said...

Great pictures! Favorite- Harley and Bo...priceless. Sexiest- you in the hat- hot mama! Such a fun Christmas for you guys.

Ming said...

Oh cowboy Christmas how I love you! This REALLY gave me a little slice of where Harley comes from. I LOVED seeing him with his family. Pure bliss. SO fun SO cute SO fabulous! Love your little cowboys, darling boys. LOVE the KINGS!!!

PS Can't wait to HEAR all the details. :)

Ligia said...

SO digging the cowboy shirts, and especially the last pic with anderson and harley. i have some relatives in texas but i don't think they'll ever come close to having such a fab cowboy christmas. giddy-up! p.s. please say you got a cowgirl hat for keeps!

Mom said...

So many great pictures, so many things to comment on so I'll keep it simple and just say YEE HAW!

anna banana said...

Love all the pics and all the cowboyness and all the cuteness.

Also wendy...looking FABULOUS and SO SKINNY!

ps. still like Harley's orange shoes.