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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.

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Caroline’s Baby Shower

December 29th, 2011 · No Comments


Caroline & Danny


Wisconsin Girls: Rachelle & Caroline


Miko, Aunty Gail, Heather


Aunty Laura’s soup


Heather’s salad along with Aunty Laura’s signature flank steak and cone sushi


Aunty Laura got these on a recent trip to Germany and was calling them Mozart’s Balls. They’re Mozartkugel.


Who let Uncle BB in?


Aunty Laura, Caroline, Danny


Miko, Winnie, Peggy


Packers Bib


Caroline (about the Packers onesie): Isn’t it cute!??!? Danny: NO


Jordan onesies.


Danny & Naoko


Caroline checking out the awesome green tea cake that Naoko made. (Glenna on the side.)


Just cut the cake, Danny!

Last year, while everyone was still in town visiting for Christmas, Dallas’s family in the suburbs threw me a bridal shower. This year right after Christmas they threw Caroline and Danny a baby shower. Caroline is expecting a baby boy in the beginning of February.

I bought the baby his first Packers outfit, which Caroline loved and Danny hated! It was a onesie, hat, bib and a Packers 101 board book. Caroline was holding the hat up and was like “oh look, he could wear this home from the hospital!” and I said, “yes, it will be right after the Packers win the Superbowl!” Danny was not amused.

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Christmas Dinner at Aunty Gail’s

December 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment


Brad, Amanda, Dallas, Aunty Gail


Doug, Tyler, Uncle BB, Eddy, Naoko, Aunty Laura


Brad & Aunty Glenna


Rachelle & Eddy


Heather & Eddy


Tommy & Mitch

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 Naoko made a super light and airy cheesecake (usually it’s so dense and filling!), a chocolate cake and cream puffs. Naoko’s desserts are always fabulous, but Dallas and I both commented together about how great the cream puffs were. The custard was so delicious. Heather and I each brought candy trays. Mine should look familiar, since I’ve been featuring all the candy recipes here last week.


Christmas Dinner


Christmas Desserts


Kenji


Kate & Tommy


Kate, Ben, Tommy, Derek

This year there were relatively few (only 18!) people over for dinner. I think it’s the first year that we could all sit at the long table. The first year that I didn’t sit at a kiddie side table! After dinner, many other family members came over and we had the gift exchange. Every year Aunty Gail tells you a thousand times, “$10 gift bag, no junk, no junk!” Ok. Well, what can you really get for $10 that is not junk? This year she finally increased the limit to “$20 gift bag, no junk, no junk.” To be honest, I think I was already spending $15 on the gift bags anyway. And actually, the price increase helped a lot. There were many good gifts, and no junk, Aunty Gail, no junk.


Back: Uncle Neil, Uncle Peggy, Miko, John, Derek. Front: Winnie, Ben, Kyle, Kate.


Uncle BB, Aunty Glenna, Brad, Amanda, Tyler, Aly, Adam


Back: Jeff, Heather, Aunty Gail, Eddy, Doug, Naoko. Front: Chris, Mitch, Kenji, Tommy.


Back: Eddy, Mitch, Tyler, Chris, Derek, Ben. Front: Kenji, Kate, Tommy.


Eddy, Mitch, Tyler, Chris, Derek, Ben, Kate, Tommy, Kenji


Marty, Uncle Sonny, Brian


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


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


Uncle Sonny, Aunty Laura, Uncle BB, Aunty Glenna, Aunty Gail, Aunty Peggy, Uncle Neil


Rachelle, Aunty Laura, Dallas


Brad, Aly, Dallas


Trying to get all the cousins in one shot.


May be more difficult than the kids!


Someone with Heather’s camera got this good shot I snagged. Back: Marty, Winnie, Kyle, Brian, John, Doug, Dallas, Amanda, Brad, Heather, Jeff. Front: Naoko, Miko, Aly, Rachelle.

This year all of the golfers were fighting over a package that they thought were a pair of golf gloves. Dallas ended up with it in the end and guess what? It was a Coach key chain. Score for me! When it was Winnie’s turn to pick a gift she let one of the kids pick and they picked a very large box, which is not ideal because she lives in California and would have to travel home. So when it was my turn to pick I took her big box. It ended up being an amaryllis bulb, which I’ve always wanted to try growing, so score again for me! There were a few boxes and tiny gift bags that people thought were going to be bags of rice. Usually Aunty Gail will put a few pieces of rice in a Ziploc and wrap it and then the gift is 20 pounds of rice. Dallas always wants this gift because it’s something he can actually use. Most of the small, light gifts this year turned out to be gift cards. Aunty Gail’s gift was actually a Shake Weight that Aunty Glenna got. I don’t know how there are no photos of her, or the many people who tried it out, but it was hilarious, as you can imagine.


Aly & Eddy


Gift Exchange


Eddy playing with the Potty Putter.

As always, amazing to see how the family is growing every year. And great to visit with everyone!

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