Merry Birthday Joel!

Joel turned 34 today, but we celebrated over the weekend to make it easier. Even though it was his birthday, it was basically about the kids anyway – there are almost as many of them as there are of us now! We couldn’t resist these elf pajama sets since the girls all want to match all the time anyway!  And we can’t wait to get a picture of Grandma and Grandpa with their Santa pjs on with all 8 of their elf grand babies, but they are on back order and didn’t make it before the party. The house was overly and tackily decorated, we had lots of food, and we even bought “snow.” (When you live in California, the things you’ll do for weather are pretty extreme.) My brothers both showed up in full costume, because dressing up is never out of style.

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 It was dark by the time we started playing with the snow, so thats why the pictures are so dim, but aren’t the kids just darling with all the excitement? Poor Fox isn’t old enough to enjoy any of this yet, so it’s like baby torture, but he does love watching the kids play.

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