Monday, December 26, 2011

Barnett Extended Family Annual Christmas Party

Each year, all the aunts, uncles, and cousins (and, when they were here, Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa Barnett) get together for a well-organized Christmas party. We always enjoy getting reacquainted with everyone. And there's always news: someone moving (Alaska, Ohio, etc.), someone having a baby, and so forth. The Barnett siblings and spouses regularly get together to plan out the year's festivities. I love how close they all are and how they enjoy spending time together. This year, Mom Barnett and Norinne were in charge of Christmas. They decided to do a Hawaiian theme. The evening started off with Hawaiian Haystacks. Yum!
Alan is here with his brother, Uncle Dale. After dinner, there was entertainment. A couple of ladies performed some dances from the Pacific Islands. We really enjoyed that! I think everyone's favorite part was when the ladies turned off the lights and dance with the lit poi balls. It was beautiful.
Here are: Colin, Chad, Micah, Amber, Ella, Mira, and Mom Barnett.

Dad Barnett's brother, Uncle Lloyd and his family: Micay, Marshall, and Aunt Terri:

Amber with Matthew:

Matthew was enthralled (momentarily).

After the performance, everyone stood up and learned a couple of Hawaiian dances. Let me just say, wiggling your hips and telling a story with your hands is a whole lot harder than it looks! The kids were then invited up to try the poi balls. They gave it their best effort.

Grandpa and Matthew were buddies.

Each year, Uncle Dale makes a paper mâché piñata for each of the kids to take swings at. This year, it was a coconut and Matthew was the first to have a whack. How many kids got a turn? Maybe 20? And the oldest was in their 20's. It's so fun!

I think the kids' favorite part of the whole evening was "helping" to put away tables and chairs. Cousins hopped on and pushed each other around on the dollies. Matthew sat with Micah and loved every second. Colin's pushing.

(Mira here)

Ella (still thinking she's Mary after the Nativity scene we did) and Mira peeking out behind her.

1 comment:

Maren and Blake said...

So sad we missed it. It looked like a lot of fun. Did you get up and hula?