Jim and Sue's on Christmas Eve
The decorated deck and Jim's ice sculpture
The fireplace....the tree....Owen and Brendan were very happy to be at "Kyle's House"
I spelled out my name with the Scrabble Cheez-its....Sean added the second word!
The neon chili lights....New chili lights acquired after Christmas....They were up for Valentine's Day and will be used for Christmas next year
Owen grabbed my hand and said, "Look, Grandma, I found two chocolate houses!"....The security light on the house
Alissa and Mike open some cans....The terrific prime rib...Mary, Dave, Tessa, Laura and Sue
Jean, Bridget and Alissa tried to trick Mike into holding Tessa....Tessa and Grandpa Terry....Tessa and Alissa....Tessa and Sean
The three brothers start the singing....Keith, Terry and Michael....Sean, Cory, Charlotte, John and Mike....Michael, Adam, Hunter and Kathy
Pat is holding the new Christmas Stick made by Jim
Mike, Pat, Jeff, Tessa, Dave, Michael and Jim....Laura and Kathy....Michael drumming....Mary, Owen and Brendan
Owen (who was more interested in food than singing)....Brendan....Jean, Daphne, Brian, Sean, Adam and Charlotte....Bridget, Brendan and Erin
Erin, Daphne, Brian and Sean....The Four Calling Birds....Hunter
Owen in a gas mask....Charlotte and Jeff playing Catchphrase
Becky and Bill's on Christmas Morning
Besides a great trip to Disney, Hannah and Alex had plenty of gifts to open
Bill watching Hannah opening her record player....I would say she liked it!
Alex and Hannah also got Easter eggs....Jack likes his new toy
Bill was happily surprised with his gift
Quincy gets a close-up look at one of Becky's villages....Note the addition of Jack (in the third picture)
Jean and Jeff's on Christmas Morning
These are two very happy boys!
Jean's candle holders and Jeff's leatherman
Can't you just feel the joy?
Jimmy and Heather's on Christmas Morning
All ready for Daphne and Erin
Opening all the gifts....And then displaying them!
Erin helping Daddy open a gift
Opening even more gifts with Cousin Maddie
Posing with new stuffed animals
Adorable girls in their matching outfits
Kathy and Terry's on Christmas Afternoon
Phil, Lindsey, Ma, Kathy and Terry
Jean and Jeff's on New Year's Eve
Brendan and his birthday cake....Hanging out
Alex enjoying an "instant dessert", as Grandpa Terry calls it....Hannah and Owen playing the new Wii
Playing Bananagrams....Owen in the toy room
This is the second year of the Cleansing Ritural.
Each person is put in a sheet, then balls are thrown on the person.
Two other people agitate the sheet so the person is cleansed of bad stuff.
Yes, this really is the second year of this ritual.
The Hineses Come Over For Lunch on New Year's Day
Ham sandwiches, deviled eggs and French Onion soup....Terry's gift from Jim and Sue lent the right touch of whimsical fun
Kathy....Becky....Hannah....Alex, the Leg Lamp and Jack
Ward Family Christmas at Jean and Jeff's on New Year's Day
Grandma brought an hors d'oeuvres of cheese, crackers and a black and green olive tampanade.
Owen and Brendan liked the cheese and crackers.
The tree....the new mantle....Christmas cards
All set up for our Japanese dinner
Becky attempted an onion volcano
Mushrooms....Grandma Kathy and Jean....Becky
Checking out the table....With Grandpa Terry....As Jean's hat
With Hannah, Erin and Daphne
With Alex....And Laura....And Owen....And napping with Grandpa Terry
Dancing with the Wii
Notice that Tessa is on the floor facing the dancers....That's where Grandpa Terry is looking and smiling
Tessa joined in by moving her feet
Terry plays his birthday lottery tickets....Jeff plays with Owen
Bill and Tessa
Alex and Tessa
Tessa really liked her outfit from The Lahms....She thought it was delicious....Dave naps on the shark pillow pet
New pajamas....Fun stuff
Fun gifts galore
Tessa in a funny hat
Tessa....Tessa and Hannah....Owen in his toy room
Posing in the new pajamas
Hannah conducted the auction this year....And Jeff bid from the floor
A Churpumple is a desert made with three pies and three different cake batters.
Jean did a great job with her very first churpumple.
The churpumple had its own shelf in the refrigerator....It's a huge cake
The inside of the cake...And the breakdown....Everyone really liked it...especially Brendan and Owen!
A Skit From The Blues Brothers
Bill as Matt Murphy and Jean as his wife....Alex and Hannah were Jake and Elwood
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