After my siblings and their families came back in town, we spent most days and nights together. Mike went over to Jen and J’s new house to work a couple of the days. And I hear they had great Mexican food one of those days. One of the evenings we enjoyed a tasty meal over at Ger and Lauren’s home and another afternoon we celebrated Lauren’s birthday at Jen and Jason’s. Other highlights included opening presents, lots of football/soccer outside for cousins, tons of game-playing, some decorating of cookies, lots of music-making (including a concert for all), and celebrating New Years Eve together. Scattered throughout our time together were little bouts of sicknesses and some covid tests (just to be sure – all negative), but nothing could damper our time together. It was just so much fun!
Eating and laughing at Ger and Lauren’s. The best was teaching Salina knock, knock jokes and Eddie’s not-quite-interrupting interrupting cow jokes:
Celebrating Aunt Lauren’s birthday:
Opening presents (including handmade blankets for each grandchild):
Celebrating the New Year (We made crepes and then enjoyed lots of musical numbers – uke, trombone and cello; piano duets; piano solos; and marble works trumpet-playing. E stayed up and played a game with his uncles and Dad until we all toasted the New Year at midnight):
Various pictures from the week together that don’t fit nicely in a category: Salina worked on her part of the Christmas jammy shirt for Grandpa. Ethan was able to help at Aunt Jen’s warehouse when a shipment came in. I understand he worked hard and did a nice job. He was pretty excited about the whole thing! Lots of block-building, reading together, marble run-making, and puzzles. And I often found E and Grandpa discussing birds, photography or (in this case) plants for the backyard to attract more birds and get better pictures. =D And the picture of Eddie and Mike reminds me of Eddie telling Uncle Mike that he was going to order three things from the restaurant – one of which was beer. That kid knows how to make people laugh.
Enjoying a little extra time together on the first day of the new year when our flight was cancelled:
And, finally, I will conclude with a few of my favorite posed (or silly or we-just-have-to-check-out-that-picture-we-just-took) pictures from the week. Sadly, the one day we caught Grandpa in his new shirt Salina was not at the house with her jammies. So, we snapped some pics with Grandpa and all of his grandsons this time. Thankfully we did get some pics of all the grandkids together a different day.
Hopefully these pics capture the joy of being together over the holiday season. We sure had a great time!