I have always really enjoyed spending time with my dad's side of the family. I have some pretty hilarious aunts, uncles, and cousins. Our family has really grown and the last few years we have had our family Christmas party at a church instead of a house. I love it this way because the kids can play and the adults can catch up. A lot of my cousins I only see once a year at this party. Anyway we had a lot of fun and Karin and McKall did a great job of planning the party.
My dad had his hip replaced in July and his knee in November, we make fun that he is going to be a bionical man before long. He is getting around much better now though and it is so nice to see him progressing and not in so much pain all the time. I would never say this to him but I have secretly enjoyed him being layed up just a little, it gives me an excuse to go over and visit and pamper him a little!
Hagen had been whiny and clingy all day long but was in heaven having so much room to run around. I really wanted him to let me get a picture with him but he was much to busy.
These are the great-grandchildren minus about ten. It is mind boggling to me that in ten years a family can grow so much.
My dad and his siblings, my grandma died from cancer when I was five and my grandpa died when I was 20. Some day I would really like to have everyone in the family write a favorite memory of my grandpa especially, he was one unique speciman!
I made my parents and siblings line up for a picture, they grumpily obliged but we really don't have many family pictures together like this and for sure need to do more.
Hank is always the life of the party and made his grand entrance fashionably late with his hair done like the mayor on "The Grinch".