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and the family is gathering at the home of my 97-year-old grandfather, affectionately known as “Pa”. In about an hour, this old turn-of-the-20th-century house will be filled to the brim with people, all family…

Pa's House

Something like this…and this isn’t everyone! Six generations are represented here tonight.

Crowd

Of course, the highlight of the evening is the kids sitting at Pa’s feet and opening their presents . When I was a kid (and the family was quite a bit smaller) we all used to draw names and each would buy a present for the person he or she chose. Now, it’s become a bit unwieldy, so parents bring modest presents for their kids and Pa presents his gifts, and everyone brings something for Pa. This year, Pa’s gifts included a Florida Gator hat (I wonder who got him that 😉 )

Kids opening presents Pa with his Gator hat

After the Christmas Eve activities at Pa’s, we returned to Mom and Dad’s cabin on the hill to get ready for Santa’s visit. So, after a couple quick photo’s with the selfie-stick…

Family Selfie Cindy Selfie

the stockings were hung by the chimney with care…

Stockings

in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…

Santa

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It’s always a GREAT day when the boys get to visit their GREAT grandfather (a.k.a. “Pa”). Pa was a sharecropper and a respected man among the other farmers in the area…around town they still refer to him as “Mr. Lee”

Mr Lee

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Every year we take a family photo to put on our Christmas card. It’s getting a lot easier as the boys get older, but we still need to get it done as quickly as possible because their interest still fades pretty quickly. We thought it’d be nice to flashback to the boys earlier Christmas, so I loaded the picture of the boys 2d Christmas to the television…

Family

All-in-all, we got several good pictures and it was hard to decide which one to use, so we used several…

Boys

Of course, the boys we very cooperative this year, but Charlie, not so much…

Boys and Charlie Boys and Charlie

For my and Cindy’s picture, we put-up another early Christmas photo. This one from our first Christmas in Albuquerque…

Kiss Close

And the boys message to Santa this year is…

Sign

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Today is the boys’ SIXTH birthday…and boy are they proud!

Alex Birthday Adam Birthday

And although they’re twins, they each enjoy their own individual birthday, so as has become a tradition (for Mom), they each get to enjoy their own individual birthday cake. Naturally, the cake is made of cupcakes and shaped into a number representing their achievement in aging…

Birthday Cake

The boys were surprised by a visit from Auntie Diane, Auntie GiGi, and Uncle Bob, who also brought PRESENTS!!

Birthday Party

So, everyone enjoyed their cake! Obviously, Alex enjoyed his more than everyone else…

Birthday Party

Happy Birthday, Alex and Adam! 🙂

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After a long day off cooking and a lot of eating, Cindy (and the boys) cut loose with her sisters…

Thanksgiving Party

Yeah, naughty, everybody knows it, too…

Thanksgiving Sisters

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Sadly, it’s time for Kameran to go back home; Jess has arrived to pick her up. Just enough time for a quick photo of my favorite girls…

My favorite girls

Three generations!

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It’s a family tradition to spend Christmas Eve at Pa’s house. It’s hard to believe that we can fit this many people in this relatively small house. The boys really enjoy playing with their Cousins, Aunts and Uncles.

Adam and his favorite cousin, Katy…

Adam and Katy

Alex takes a break from the fun to talk to daddy and play with Mommy’s phone…

Alex and Daddy

Back at Nana’s house, the boys get ready for bed where visions of sugarplums will, well, you know…

Mommy and the Boys

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Pa's House

There’s no better place to be for the Holidays than my grandfathers old farm house. This house was built at the turn-of-the-century (last century!), and it’s packed full of memories of my childhood. The creaks and groans generated by the wind outside, the dim lighting and uneven floors, the musty smells, the warmth of the wood-burning stove, and the conversation and laughter of a family at Christmas.

Pa's Kitchen

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The boys birthday is still a few days away, but we took advantage of the weekend to have a party for them with friends and family (some of whom had to travel to get here).

Jess, Kameran, and Nick arrived early, along with Nana and Pop…

Family

My brother Dave and his family came a while later…

Me and Dave

Aunt GiGi and Uncle Bob, and friends Mike and Mandy came, too. Naturally, the boys EACH have their very own birthday cake made out of cupcakes shaped into the number “4” because they’re twins and we can’t have just ONE cake…

Birthday Cakes

This is the best thing about cupcakes…

Adam and Alex eat their cupcakes

Before the evening ended, and since everyone would be returning home tomorrow morning, we snap a family photo…who knows when we’ll all be in one place together again!

The Whole Family

The boys had a blast, and so did we!

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Getting ready for the big feast today with friends and family. First, we’re converting the Big Green Egg into a blast furnace to superheat the coals for the Thanksgiving turkey! (don’t tell Cindy, but I needed to use her blow-dryer)…

Big Green Egg Blast Furnace

Dinner is about done, and as with all large family gatherings, the kids enjoy each others company at their very own table…

Thanksgiving Kids

I’m the last to fix his plate…

Fixing My Plate

We almost didn’t have enough room at the dining room table…actually, we didn’t have enough room, which is why the kids had their own table!

The Gang

Dig in!

Dig In!

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