Alex flew from TX to MA, so the whole family was together... something that circumstances seemed to be working against for a little while. First, Alex's leave got messed up at the last minute, and he was scheduled to work over the holiday week! He was able to find someone to cover duty for him for a few days, so we had 5 days together instead of the 2 weeks we had been looking forward to. Then our van broke down 4 days before we were supposed to leave for the 700 mile trip up the East Coast! Of course, after being towed to the garage and sitting for the weekend, the van started right up for the mechanic on Monday morning, and he couldn't find anything wrong! Ummm, I don't think so, not when we are travelling 700 miles each way! So we scurried to rent a vehicle that would fit the 6 of us ~ and apparently rented the last mini van available in the whole city of Raleigh.The weather looked iffy for a bit, but everything worked out fine and we had clear weather all the way up, and back again today too. THANK YOU to those of you who prayed for us and this trip! We had a wonderful time visiting grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
fresh pastries are baked on the premises!
A hot mocha is even more special when it is made for family!
- shrimp cocktail
- cheese & crackers
- vegetables & dip
- spaghetti w/ tuna sauce
- 7-fish soup
- baccala ( fried cod )
Afterwards, it was back to Grammy & Grampa's house, where the seven of us and the four members of my sister's family sprawled out in guest beds, pull-out couches, air mattresses, and recliners! Oh, the fun of family gatherings!
Christmas morning found the whole clan gathered around the Christmas tree, opening gifts.
We also got to spend one evening with Mark's mother, who also lives nearby. It is nice when almost all the relatives live near each other!
On Saturday there was a party, again at the Cafe, with relatives from my mother's side of the family. This was a smaller gathering, and it was disappointing that so many people couldn't make it, but we enjoyed getting reacquainted with those who did come.