"One day it occurred to me that it had been many years since the world had been afforded the spectacle of a man adventurous enough to undertake a journey through Germany on foot. After much thought, I decided that I was a person fitted to furnish to mankind this spectacle. So I determined to do it. This was in March, 1878." Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad


Family Time

There is a running joke in my family concerning my mom and what she calls "family time." You see, for her, just being in the same room with the other members of the family is not sufficient. There must this concentrated effort to talk about sentimental things and generally bask in each other's presence. And what really makes for good family time is a game. One of those interactive, make-a-fool-of-yourself-type game (insert chorus of annoyed groans).

Over the course of the holidays we had quite a bit of family time, some of it living up to my mom's expectations. And yes, there were a few games played as well. But there was also plenty of just plain ol' hang time. Here are a few snippits...

Aunt J instructs Penelope on the basics of walking

comparing bellies. it appears the non-pregnant abdomen may have won.

hmmm...that's a tough call

hanging at my favorite joint--Schiller's--

where nothing says 'family lovin' like sharing a frothy cup of hot chocolate together

sorry kid, it's vegetable medley for you

Uncle M and Penelope became best buds

the proud grandparents, soaking up the family time
(Grandpa, it appears Penelope needs to tell you something)

Aunt J lesson #2: how to climb stairs

and don't forget the newlyweds!

And now for the not-so-formal family portrait:

the patriarch and matriarch: check
three children with their respective spouses: check
grandchild#1: check
grandchild#2: scheduled for arrival in june
grandchild #3: only time will tell...

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