Christmas this year was absolutely perfect! It was low-key, no drama, little travel, great food and lots of fun! Landon really got into it and Kennedy just fed off of his energy which made this Christmas very exciting.
Christmas Eve was spent mostly at Lance's parents house with a yummy lunch and then the annual game of bingo later that afternoon with his cousins that came over from Shreveport. We were home by 6:00 in time to relax, put out the reindeer food, cookies for Santa, and an early bedtime.
Christmas morning began around 8:00 when the kids woke up. Lance's parents, sister and brother in law came over to watch the kids check out all of their Santa surprises. Santa tried to hide Woody in Landon's stocking, but it took no time for Landon to spot his hat poking out of it! Kennedy ran right to the huge bear that was left for her. The next few hours were spent opening gifts and playing with all of our new toys until we got ready to load up to head to Caddo Lake to see my family.
Putting reindeer food out
Kennedy (who insisted on wearing yellow bows are bath) putting the cookies out for Santa. Landon insisted that Santa needed to eat healthy to make him strong so he added the carrots.
Every other year my parents host the Cochran fear factor at their house with my brothers and cousins on my dad's side of the family. It is always interesting to see what the grown ups have in store for us. This year we had to be inside since it was just too cold and wet to get outside for the games. Each 'young' adult is paired up with their spouse to compete in 3 rounds for bragging rights and a trophy. This year was:
Round 1- My parents got the Connect video game that reads your body movements instead of using controllers. Each couple had to play a water rapids game and the highest score gets 1st place. Lance and I fell in the middle of the pack on this one. We couldn't see to jump at the same time at all! My cousin Destin and her hubby killed everyone in this one!
Round 2- Candy cane fishing. We had a fishing cane pole with a candy cane tied to the end of the pole. We had to 'hook' another candy cane out of 3 different coffee mugs and place them into a bowl. The fastest time win. Lance won vs the guys and i won vs the girls.
Round 3- This round is always an eating competition. This one was pretty brutal and hilarious at the same time! Each couple had to feed the other partner food without using their hands. Basically picking up the food with their mouth and putting it in their partner's mouth. Disgusting, right?? Well, just wait till you hear what we had to eat.... one jalapeno pepper, one sardine, and one twinkie. Blah! The fastest time wins first place. We came in second place behind my older brother. Destin stole the show when she couldn't keep her sardine down! Poor thing, but she was a great sport! I think if they were able to finish this event, they would have won.
Lance and I came in a very close second place behind my older brother and his wife. This makes it two years in a row that they won. Maybe next year....
All the kid cousins on my dad's side of the family
Fear Factor contestants
Kennedy and cousin Jake taking a break from playing to watch some Backyardigans