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Christmas Dinner at Aunty Gail’s

December 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

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Tyler, Amanda, Tommy, Eddy, Naoko

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Rory and Grandma/Aunty Laura

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Dallas and me (photo by Heather)

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Danny, Rory, Caroline, Aunty Laura

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Peggy, Derek, Neil, Kate, Ben, Kyle, Winnie

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Siblings! Uncle BB, Aunty Gail, Uncle Sonny, Aunty Laura, Uncle Neil

On Christmas day we always go to Dallas’s Aunty Gail’s house out in Mount Prospect, IL. Every year Aunty Gail makes beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole and her mom’s lettuce/mayo/crab/pea salad. It never varies. Dessert varies because other people always bring different desserts, but Aunty Gail always makes her signature cookies. This year Doug didn’t make it because he was sick. I guess their whole family has rotated through some flu-like illness. Naoko had been sick the day before and all the kids had their turn as well.

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Mitch wrote down all the names and facilitated the gift exchange.

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Gift exchange in full swing.

Every year Aunty Gail tells you a thousand times, “Remember your gift bag, no junk, no junk!” And for years the spending limit was $10, which is very junk inducing. For the last couple years she raised the limit to $20 and last year we did good, but this year? Still some junk. Maybe not junk, but drill bits, Brad? No one wants drill bits. Or a raft to be pulled behind a boat when only one person out of everyone owns a boat! Dallas and I didn’t do too bad. We got a scale that you hook onto luggage handles to weigh your bags and a new cast iron pan. Dallas and I gave whiskey as one gift and printed and framed this photo as our other gift:

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Heather & Jeff

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Heather, Aunty Glenna, Jeff, Aunty Laura

This photo is of Dallas grandma and her mom with all of the grandkids. The tiny baby is Danny at probably about the same age his son Rory is now. The photo was from Dallas’s grandmother’s photo album that we got in Hawaii. The photos were taken when they traveled from Kauai to Chicago in 1978 and all of the Chicago relatives (who were born before 1978!) are in there. Everyone had a good time looking through the photo album.

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Kenji kept yelling “Sister!” at me and running away. Naoko said he’s learning family roles and relationships (and he doesn’t have any sisters).

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Kenji kept running away from the camera, but I got him!

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Who is the tallest? Kyle, Chris, Brad, Dallas, Danny, Jeff, or KATE??

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Eddy

As always, amazing to see how the family is growing every year. Ty, Eddy, and Rory are still the babies of the families, but there are 2 more being baked right now! Next Christmas will again be different!

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Literally 9 out of 10 of the kids are boys. (Tyler, Mitchell, Tommy, Kate, Rory, Derek, Ben, Chris, Eddy, Kenji)

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Lots of boys = lots of rough housing.

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Even with the older boys!

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Kate doesn’t really get into that.

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Derek and Ben. Ben is totally looking like a California kid, which he is.

Previous Christmases at Aunty Gail’s:

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Dallas’s Birthday

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments

For Dallas’s birthday we got together with twenty, yes TWENTY – it was the biggest reservation they could make, friends for dinner at Zed 451. The Roundarch holiday party was at Zed 451 last year and we enjoyed it so much we decided to go back. For about $48 each person you get unlimited food. You can go up to the salad bar as much as you want, whenever you want and there are guys who come around with meat and you just tell them how much you want. The salad bar was so good, I could have just eaten that. Tons of great meats and cheeses there too! As for the meat at our table… I can’t even tell you what all we had. Several steaks, salmon, venison, duck, pork belly, sausage. Whoa. So. Much. Meat.!!


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Me and the most interesting man in the world.


Not the best photo of me, but it was somewhere around 3 a.m.!

Both before and after dinner we met up with even more friends and hit up a whole series of bars that I’d never been to: Streeter’s Tavern, Jake Melnick’s, Clark Street Ale House, Celtic Crossings, The Lodge. I think we got home at somewhere around 4:00 a.m.!!! Long night, fun night. Great friends!

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Back at The Tap

November 21st, 2012 · No Comments

Last night we caught up with friends at the Village Tap. I feel like we hadn’t seen the Tap crew for so long so it was great to catch up, even on a busy week.

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No, that is not really how Dallas holds babies!

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