You don't have to be famous to have a stable of paparazzi clicking away trying to capture the perfect shot.
This was the first year since 2019 that all 32 of us were together. Covid canceled the whole affair in 2020. My family was absent last year, also due to Covid. So it was even sweeter to be together this year.
My mom celebrated her 87th birthday on December 24. Ever since the
grandchildren were little, we've been taking a photo of the birthday
girl with the troops.The first one with all seven of the grandchildren was in 1994.
|From left: Abby, Brian, Blake, Mom holding Madison, Jill, Brent & Paige|
The grandchildren shot is easier these days. They can even look the same direction.
Now, my parents' 10 great-grandchildren are the little kids in the Christmas/birthday photos. But that gets easier every year, too.
|December 24, 2022: Front row: Pratt, Mom, Dad, Clara and Cole. Back row: Benson, Holte, Braden, Neelly, Beau, Brooke & Kinley|
A few years ago, someone suggested an "outlaw" photo. So they got in on the photos this year, too.
This was the entire gathering - minus my niece, Madison, who took the photo.
Several years ago, we moved the evening meal to the shed to accommodate the crowd. I'm thankful to my brother and his wife, Kent & Suzanne, for the work they do to make it possible.
It was good to be together.
It was a very Merry Christmas!