Almost as quickly as it starts, Christmas is over and done with.  It was a great holiday spent with family and friends.  We had four family gatherings over the last week and several impromptu friend gatherings.  And to top it off, I’m on vacation until January 4th!  New Year’s is next on the agenda, which means it’s time to start cleaning my house so it’s in decent shape for New Year’s Eve.  We’re having a few friends out and New Year’s always ends up being a fantastic time!  This year Jason is making his yummilicious Guinness chili to add to the festivities.  I’m sure lots of photos will come of that night!  But for now, here are some family photos from some of our various gatherings  (sadly there were a few where I took my camera but failed to take any photos).

Buddy’s first Christmas present

Lois Lane with her new stuffy (which already has missing appendages)

My niece Taylor all snuggled up

Jeremy & Amanda (my brother and sis-in-law)
Mama Rosie & Melvin

Cousin Adam, Aunt Cindy & Melvin


Dad & Mom

Cousin Matt & Abby

Grandma Parson

Abby kicking of the annual Dirty Santa game

Dad & Taylor

Jason & Taylor “wrastling”