Tyler, Amanda, Tommy, Eddy, Naoko
Rory and Grandma/Aunty Laura
Dallas and me (photo by Heather)
Danny, Rory, Caroline, Aunty Laura
Peggy, Derek, Neil, Kate, Ben, Kyle, Winnie
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.
Mitch wrote down all the names and facilitated the gift exchange.
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:
Heather & Jeff
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.
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).
Kenji kept running away from the camera, but I got him!
Who is the tallest? Kyle, Chris, Brad, Dallas, Danny, Jeff, or KATE??
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!
Literally 9 out of 10 of the kids are boys. (Tyler, Mitchell, Tommy, Kate, Rory, Derek, Ben, Chris, Eddy, Kenji)
Lots of boys = lots of rough housing.
Even with the older boys!
Kate doesn’t really get into that.
Derek and Ben. Ben is totally looking like a California kid, which he is.
Previous Christmases at Aunty Gail’s: