|Dinner at Mom and Dad's on the day of their arrival|
I had forgotten to have us use the Christmas crackers on Christmas,
so we used them that evening!
|All the cousins together--|
Seven boys and one girl!
|Jessie in her tutu--|
So fun to shop for a girl for a change!
|Ed, Shemara, and Jessie|
|Chris with Christmas hat and the usual accessory|
|David and Nadine|
|With Alex, age 10|
On the next day (Saturday), Mike and the younger boys joined everyone else at Ed and Shemara's hotel for a swim and lunch, while Chris and I stayed home and cleaned for the party that evening. I think they had more fun!
|Bonding over electronics|
|Jessie and Nick putting on plays|
|Drew and Ed after dinner|
|Nadine and David|
|Mike saying something profound to Shemara|
|Love that look on Ruth's face!|
|Laurie talking with her hands|
|Mom, Nadine, and me|
|Visiting the adults after dinner|
|With my sister and sister-in-law!|
|Party planner Kieran in action|
|Mom and Dad|
|Breaking out the fancy champagne (courtesy of Ed and Shemara)|
|My beautiful and brilliant Australian sister-in-law|
|Dancing to Pink Martini's upbeat "Auld Lang Syne"|
|Mid-tune! Those pastors can sing!|
|Conga line time!|
|Pulling the party poppers |
(all the kids, including Nick, stayed up until midnight!)
|Ed conked out with jetlag|
My brother Stephen came to church with his new girlfriend, Trisha. They had just met each other this past weekend, after corresponding online and talking on the phone for almost three weeks. They both feel as if they've been waiting for each other all their lives. I'm very happy for both of them, and Trisha dealt very well with the hordes of relatives she had to meet on Sunday!! She seems like a lovely young woman, and we look forward to seeing her again soon.
|Nadine multitasking, cuddling and chatting|
|My happy little brother|
|The two lovebirds|
|Chris (photo by Nicholas)|
|Grandpa with Nick|
|Playing Harry Potter out in the yard|
|My dad deep in conversation with Shemara|
|With Mom and Nadine|
So sad, but the next day we had to say goodbye.
|Jessie hugging Alex|
|Last cousin shots|
|Not sure why Chris was looking so grumpy!!|
|Mike taking them off to the train station, with Kieran waving goodbye|
They took the train to San Francisco, where they rented a car and drove to LA. And the photo above shows our new minivan, which we bought between Christmas and New Year. But that's another story! What a crazy busy holiday season!
Hope it's not another four years before we see the Australian family members again!