Images from Richmond

Sam doesn't see his maternal aunts and uncles very often, but Sherry talks to him about them frequently and shows them pictures. She'll say, "Here's a picture of a harp. Aunt Anastasia plays the harp." "Aunt Amy likes to play soccer." The result of all of this is that when Sam does get together with the rest of the family, he doesn't make strange with them at all, but engages easily. Here he is working on the computer with Aunt Amy.

Very late one night, my personal politician made some predictions. It won't be long before we find out how well he did.
A body can take only so much of the gifts, the stockings, the festivity, and then a body has to get a nap.

Especially if said body spent several hours working on the gutters and other house projects.

Did I ever mention Joe's distaste for squirrels? I won't go into detail; suffice it to say there is no love lost between my hubby and these particular rodents. Here he is opening his stocking to find a squirrel wearing a Santa hat. This is Andrew's way of getting even for all of the years Joe put bags of cheese curls in his stocking.

And here we have Anastasia and Tom, our gracious hostess and host in their bright and cheery kitchen.


debijeanm said…
As always, your blog is a joy to read. I got such a laugh out of the "squirrel lover." One of my best friends called them "rats with fluffy tails" one day and completely changed my perspective of the darn things. Of course, in the conversation I had just lamented how a family of ground squirrels had moved into my back yard and denuded fifteen tomato plants of every single green tomato, having the nerve to act disgusted that the fruit wasn't ripe yet.

Happily, they've moved out.
Mrs. Goodneedle said…
...and a good time was had by all... love bright and cheery kitchen painted in Swedish colors!
Diane M. Roth said…
thank you for visiting and for referring me to your friend in Japan! I'll be back!
Leslie said…
About the napper... it was in fact the bag of Cheese curls, as seen in his arms, that finally did him in.
Great family moments, thanks.
*karendianne. said…
How fun to see all this good stuff.

OMG I can't wait to see how your personal politician makes out on these predictions. DONT let us forget!!!

Gutter cleaning - at this time of year? Oh someone is a slave driver or said person wanted to avoid kitchen duty?

And can I tell you how much I dig their kitchen?

Color Love, *karendianne