Thursday, March 08, 2007

Once Again, Allow me To Play "Catch Up"!

Not long ago, I finally got around to posting photos of our Christmas for my family members who live on other continents to enjoy. Tonight I was in a quandry, once again not able to decide what to post about. I have been in sort of a funk today, so I wasn't feeling very creative. I decided to browse through some photos and post some that my family members far away have not seen yet. I also thought it would be a good way for some of my newer *friends* who have been visiting my blog to get to know me a little better! I hope you enjoy the following photos of our Christmas Eve-2006!

Our festive evening began with a wonderful Christmas Eve service which was very moving as Pastor had the small ones come up on the platform and sit at his feet while he read the Christmas Story. There were some really cute exchanges of dialogue that took place between him and the children. After a short service, we were dismissed, but I noticed how many families lingered around, chatting and fellowshipping. It was a very nice feeling not to feel rushed to get home and get the kids in bed for school the next day. We hung around the auditorium for sometime visiting with many friends. Then the "photo shoot" started happening!

The Rios Family, Grandma and Grandpa Riffe, The Leonard Family, after our Christmas Eve service at Faith Baptist Church, Wesley Chapel, Florida.

One of my favorites of my boys! Taken after church service Christmas Eve. (Josh & Shane)

I told my dad to look dreamily into my mom's eyes. They both got tickled! So much for the romance!

Three Lovely Leonard Daughters and Two Handsome Rios Sons!

After service, The Leonards and Riffes came home with us for a Mexican Feast! Here is Amber helping Agustin finish up the chicken enchiladas in "salsa verde"! The apron Amber is wearing was given to Agustin by some of his employees years ago. Notice the chili peppers all over it! Amber loved this apron so much, that Agustin gave it to her! Talk about *re-gifting*!

A mean game of UNO broke out in the living room!

The two youngest had to entertain themselves as the night wore on! (Alex and Shane)

Following the Mexican tradition, after a late meal and the company left, we began opening our gifts! It was around 2:00 AM!

Not the best family photo, but it was around 2:00 AM remember!

Agustin tried on his new silk pajamas I gave him. As he was about to turn the covers down and finally fall into bed for the night, our son, Josh, started a wrestling match! It is now around 3:00 AM!

It was a wonderful night, but I think it would have been even more wonderful if my sis and her whole crew could have been with us. Oh well, maybe this year!


Sherry said...

Thank you for sharing beautiful pictures of your family. It sure is a blessing to see them. You and Your family are always in my prayers.

luvvom said...

Looks like you guys had great fun. I'm always so glad to see other people taking pictures of their family events. I do too and also video. I think it is wonderful to be able to look back and see great memories.


Looks like you all had loads of fun and have a great family. some wonderful memories there. Connie from Texas

Hope you get to feeling better.

Jungle Mom said...

Next year, Pam! We will be in Florida.

Jackie said...

Not hoo. I'm tough, I can take it!

I love the pic of the food, makes me incredibly hungry and jealous. :)

My favorite pic, by far, is my Uncle Agustin in his pj's. "Agustin, the Silky Smurf." LOL.

Pam said...

Sherry - Thanks so much for keeping my family in your prayers! That is so nice to know! Don't you just love how we can share and pray for one another, and we haven't even met really? God is our bond!

Luvvom - I have always been a big photo taker and videographer! I am very sentimental but dont trust my memory. You are so right about looking back later and reliving those great memories again!

Connie - You are a doll. We always haveloads of fun when we have get togethers like this. Thanks for your encouraging words.

Now enguiring minds want to know - why were you three up so late?? I no more got my post finished and the comments from Sherry, luvvom, and Connie came flying in. Connie is on a different time zone, so she is isn't in trouble!

Jungle Mom - that would be this year woudln't it? Dec. 2007???
I can't wait! It will be interesting won't it?

Jackie - I will email you a different picture of him in those things that will make you laugh your socks off! I would love to see you all at Christmas but we know the Lord has other plans. Its funny you commented on the food in the photos! I thought to myself as I posted that one of the enchiladas: "Jackie will have something to say about the food!"

Janie said...

I agree, that food made me soooo hungry! Can I come for dinner???? Y'all looked like you had such a good time. Thank you for letting us take a peek inside your family festivities!

Kim said...

Every night at your home is soooo much fun!

Happymama said...

Those are fun pictures. The picture of your parents was sweet...romantic or not. You can still see the love in their faces. :)


Jungle Mom said...

Oh...yeah....this year!!!!

Ashley said...

I remember that night vividly, it's one of my favorite memories!! ^__^ The food was sooo good, too.

Haha, that's a cute pic of Uncle Agustin and Josh. It made me laugh.

Pat said...

WHEN PAM IS THERE, There is FUN and pics!!

I remember you sharing......

Hope you feel better!

Lyndy said...

Great pictures. Looks like you all had a wonderful time and boy that food sure looks yummy.


Pallacanestro said...

Thanks for putting up great time's of there! It was nice to be able to see those out of my 1 eye!!! lol rotfl!

love you!

Candy said...

Loved the pictures!! :)

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