Saturday, December 18, 2010

Family Party #1

We got together with my dad's family for our annual Christmas gathering.  All the little cousins were busy doing other things, so my girls were the only kids.  We had fun with Robie and my aunts and uncles anyway.  We ate soup and goodies, had an ornament exchange, and looked through the family cookbooks my aunt made for everyone.
We took family pictures in front of the Christmas tree.  We almost never have pictures of all four of us together.  Rachel is a real pain about posing right now, so this may be the best photo we get.

My Aunt Sonja and Uncle Gary did the coolest thing this year for Christmas.  Instead of giving presents to all of the great-neices and great-nephews (who all have way too many toys, anyway), they made donations to Heifer International in the kids' names.  Katherine and Rachel now "own" a llama that is helping some family in Peru earn extra income.  I love thinking about that llama enabling some little girl (or boy) go to school...  What a wonderful gift!

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