|Tree top Yoda|
|Bill is in middle. Guess who is our son|
and who is the nephew!
|Lynn and Sebastian|
Our family Christmas gathering was held in Aaron's house this year. We thought it was time to give older son Trey a break since he and Kristina have hosted the family gathering at their home for so many years.
|Judy & Elisabeth baking cookies|
|Colson, Lauren & Teresa|
I recruited granddaughter Elisabeth (BeBe) and grandson Zachary to assist me cooking deserts for a couple of days. We will have sweet snacks for days!
|Helene and Judy|
|Damien covered himself in Batman gifts|
|Ready to go visit Santa|
Bill's sister, Helene, drove down from Dallas accompanied by her son, daughter and grandson. His brother, Theo, drove down from College Station accompanied by his wife and 2 grown daughters. Another brother, John, lives in Houston so he had a shorter drive. Add in Trey's mother-in-law and sister-in-law with her family and our Christmas family gathering totaled 23 people!
|Practicing with Papa for|
what she will tell Santa
|Niece Kristin with her new|
scarf from Turkey. All
the women got scarves.
|L-R: Colson, Lauren, Teresa, Duane, Donella, Krystal,|
Kristina, Helene, Bill and Theo
It was nice to have the 4 siblings of Bill's family, together with all their children and grandchildren, all together to visit for several hours. Brought back memories of Christmases more than 4 decades ago since Christmas is usually the only time that everyone gets together anymore. Years ago our individual families were smaller and younger and getting together was easier.
|L-R: Theo, Kristin, John, Aaron, David and Lynn.|
With Daniel and Zachary in front.
Today the extended family is somewhat scattered although all remain in Texas (so far!!) except for us. I think it is also important for the youngest generation of cousins to remain in contact with one another at least once annually. If nothing else it at least makes them remember each other's names and where they fit in the extended family. I screwed up and forgot to get a photo of all of us together. Maybe next Christmas.
|Our older son Trey with our 13-yr-old grandson Zachary.|
In background to right is our younger son Aaron.
Our 2 sons look nothing alike. Zach has a long way to grow
to reach his dad's 6'6" height.
On the evening of 28 December Bill and I attended a small gathering of sailors in Kemah. I belong to a Facebook group called Women Who Sail, and one of the women hosted the gathering so those of us who happened to be in SE Texas could actually meet in real life. We now can put faces with names! At least for 7 or 8 women out of the 1,530 members of WWS.
Even when we are not on our boat in far away places we still manage to meet up with sailors.
|Aaron's opinion of Christmas prep|
Wishing a Happy New Year to everyone! May only good things happen for you in 2014!
Oh, and just for comparison; here is a photo of the family taken Christmas 2000. We all have aged and a few new members have been added. And next Christmas we will add another baby girl to the photos.
|L-R front row: Kayla, baby Zachary, Judy, Teresa, Helene.|
L-R middle row: Kristina, Kristin, Lauren, Donella
L-R back row: Trey, Aaron, Duane, Theo, John, Bill
Taken at our house