Thursday, January 16, 2014

End of 2013

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.


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!

Cousins!

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

The teenagers

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
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.

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!
The next day we did some shopping in Multnomah Village with my friend April. 
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!
 We had a full house at New Year's with two types of soup.

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!

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