On Friday night Dave and I hosted the Steffensen family Christmas party. Our theme was "Christmas Around the World". We had yummy food for different places around the world (whether made up or not...I'm sure you've all heard of Choc Republic, formerly Chocolatslavakia). We played the North Pole game where everyone had to take their "snowball" (white balloon) between their legs, put it in a basket, put on their Santa beard and mustache, and get their fat Santa belly with their balloon. It ended up looking a lot more like pregnant people then Santa's...
We had a couple people share about Christmas in different places like Mexico, Portugal, England, Korea, and Germany. We also played a game where you had an assignment for the night. For example, Diana got "everytime someone plays with a balloon, tell a pointless fact". I got everytime a party guests name is said jump up and down". The winner was the person who guessed what the other people were doing and took their slip of paper. It was pretty funny, especially knowing what people were doing when other's got so confused. We all dressed to represent a different country. Dave wore his shirt from Mexico. I wore my Olympic shirt (go USA) with flags from several different countries on the back.
Detmer representing Scotland
Kendall representing Japan
Allie represents Mexico
Saturday was the Steffensen family reunion. Allie, Detmer, and Kendall were close to the end and had to wait through a whole lot of other children to sit on Santa's lap before their names were called. I was so proud to see them being so patient, but I could tell they were getting pretty nervous. It's so hard when the ten and eleven year olds get called up and the little ones have to wait and wait (mental note-start showing up super late to family reunions). One of the boys close to Detmer's age got a motorcycle. Detmer walked deliberately over to me and said "Mom, I want Santa to give me a Power Ranger motorcycle like him." Imagine my joy when that was exactly what Santa had got for Detmer! Except it was bigger and it was red, which makes it a "Wes one" (everything red, even dinner plates are a "Wes one" because Wes is the red and favorite Power Ranger). He didn't put that thing down. I was hoping Kendall would warm up to Santa a little bit, since he strongly resembled one of her favorite people. But all I have to say about that is she didn't scream AS loud:) At least there was some progress.
I was so excited when Kendall opened her birthday gift from Aunt Jenn. It was a beautiful green dress that matched Allie's Christmas dress perfectly! My girls were so beautiful in their green dresses and Detmer complimented them perfectly in his red sweater.