What a blast! The annual Little Family Christmas party was this past Saturday night. It is always a good time to reconnect and make new memories. I didn't even think about it until I posted the above picture that there is a plethora of females in the family. Out of the first cousins, there are only 2 males. Our gracious host and stellar decorator is cousin Jenny pictured here in the back row closest to the window.
Her house is always so warm and inviting. It is all decked out tastefully in Christmas antiques. It should be featured in a "using antiques in decorating " magazine. Every time I visit, there is something new to look at. Most of the family members have a love for antiques, but both Jenny and her sister Cathy (and husband Mark) know how to display them and incorporate them into everyday use.
The traditional Yankee gift swap is alway a lot of fun and good "friendly" gift stealing. There always seems to be a favorite item or 2 that everyone wants. Sometimes it's very surprising what the favorite item is. I have to say, it's usually some antique or vintage item, but not always.
Here Grace is very enamored with her coveted lap table. Emily is creeping on grace with the very popular gift of...........
Tiny hands. She was very entertaining. Who knew little hands could be so funny. What is she holding? you ask. Well of course, fakes snow balls. The swap ended with a very exciting indoor snowball fight.
New this year was the photo booth (room). This was my contribution and I had so much fun. Here are Jen and Dave, honorary family members. Love these guys. I was fortunate enough to shoot their wedding. They are a lot of fun.
The start of the night was pretty calm. I love this picture of my sister and brother in-law , Patty and Robby.
Here is my nephew, Tom and his beautiful girlfriend, Mariel.
As the night progressed, so did the silliness.
With increase of libations, there was an increase in pictures that really can't be explained.
Eddie and his wives, past and present. Such good sports, willing to do this picture.
The following are just some shots that I like of family members.
Eddie and Patty
Gillie and Matt
The Ruvich family
Dick and Susan, brother and sister
John and I. Thanks Dave for taking our picture, I am rarely in any pictures because I am always taking them. Mind, you, I'm not complaining. I LOVE TAKING PICTURES!
What a great Night!
After 31 years of teaching, I have decided to retire and start a new chapter of my life as a photographer. It has been my passion for about 7 years now.