|Nick with St. Nick|
We had a second Christmas in 2013 after Mike's mum and sister (and her two kids) arrived from England on the same day that my sister and her family arrived from Puyallup. Introducing Christmas, Part 2!
As the eldest grandson, Chris (17) is usually surrounded by his much-younger cousins and brothers, so it was especially nice for him to hang out with his closest-in-age cousin, Mark, who is 16.
A few days after they arrived, Kath and I went off to Edgefield for a girls' night. Nadine was going to join us, but she got sick so she had to miss out.
The next day we did some shopping in Multnomah Village with my friend April.
We had a full house at New Year's with two types of soup.
|Christmas #2, Chris with his cousins Mark and Victoria|
|Nick with Daniel, who was playing his new guitar|
|Of course, Ella is part of the extended family now too|
|The presents in a circle, ready for our tradition of "Spin the Bottle," which takes a long time!|
|My sister Nadine and her husband David|
|Mike's sister Kath with her daughter Victoria|
|Mike with the young men|
|Mike loved his new mug!|
|Chris with my brother Stephen|
|Nick hugging his Aunty Kath|
|The circle kept getting added to and added to, and finally started shrinking!|
|My dad and Mike modeling their new hats|
|Mom and Dad|
|Kieran loving Ella|
|Kieran with the mask and paint set from his Uncle Stephen|
|With my honey|
|With my wonderful siblings|
|Mike with his mum and sister--so glad to have them with us!|
|Christmas "Pass the Parcel" a few days later|
|Dinner in the Black Rabbit restaurant|
|With my Rubinator beer at dinner|
|Kath modeling her fingernails, which she had done in the Ruby Spa|
|Goofing off in the gift shop--my sister-in-law, the unicorn!|
|Kath making friends with a frog in the village|
|April and Kath modeling some trendy coats in Switch|
|Happy Hour at Marco's--so much fun!|
|Sisters at New Year's Eve!|
Kath and the kids were only with us for less than a week, and Mike's mum leaves for the UK tomorrow (three weeks in total). Here's to a great 2014 for all of them!