December 26, 2007

  • Not wanting the blog to sink under the weight of Christmas photos, I'll post some favorites.

    Since the 23d I've taken upward of 500 photos, including a couple of hundred Christmas Eve and yesterday.  On Christmas Eve, since we'd had our Ivy family celebration the previous night, we mostly stayed home and quiet, although Dmitry and Dan went out with their friend, Elveera, for a bit.  Beth's relatives had provided some gifts they were to open that night:


    Christmas Eve jammies, a tradition in her family.  Hannah and Faith had matching sets.  ;^)  There was also time to play with Grandpa some:


    The next morning they were up bright and early to see what Santa had brought:


    Why, even baby Faith got into the spirit of the thing:


    Hannah and Alex trying out one of the toys:



    Finally Faith had had as much Christmas morning excitement as she could hold:


    And she wasn't the only one....

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    That afternoon we went to pay a visit to Don's brother, Richard, then it was off to my sister Jeanne's for the Gambill gathering; here's a delighted Marebear holding Faith:

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    Swiftly followed by Kirstin:

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    The children played a rousing rendition of "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" (under Aunt Jeanne's supervision):

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    The D's were present for a short while, before Charles kindly shuttled them to Carolyn's house for her family's Christmas celebration:

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    Faith with her mama, Beth:

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    Here's Alex showing Faith off to his grandfather:

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    And here's Faith with her grandfather and my mother:

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    Where Uncle Alex goes, can craziness be far behind?

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    Above is Bethany getting spun in a circle by him.  I'll try to upload the video I made of him spinning Benjamin.  He spun Bethany, Benjamin, and Hannah!  Most exhausting.

    Bethany apparently telling her Uncles Charles all about something or other:

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    A feature of our Christmas gatherings is the Chinese Christmas;  my bro-in-law, John, made out like a bandit because he scored the beautiful throw Elaine made (he's the one holding it up, so cannot be seen):

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    Here's Jeanne, our kind hostess, showing Hannah the various musical things she collects:

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    It was a lovely Christmas here, and I hope the same was true for you. 

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