Unbelievable. Surely it hasn't been almost a year since Charles signed up for the Navy, preparing to leave the end of January.
Apparently that's how long it's been, though, and Mom had the annual New Year's Eve party to prove it. A lovely party, except Jonathan wasn't feeling well so he didn't come, Jessica's working, and Justin and Jill are in Bowie at her mother's house. Fortunately the family's large enough that even with those absentees there was a pleasant turnout, including Alex, Beth and Hannah making a webcam visit, to the delight of those present:
Okay, Dmitry was amusing himself with either his phone or the Nintendo DS, but the ones in back clearly show where the computer was, don't they?
Dad and Meredith chatting with Alex. Meredith would leave periodically but then, like a comet, she'd show up again. She spent a fair amount of time visiting both with Aunt Jeanne and Alex:
Isn't she a poppet? As is her cousin, Hannah:
Hannah's an artistic li'l critter; here's a fingerpainting she did:
I'm going to print it out and hang it up with the other children's pictures.