Thursday, January 3, 2008

We are family...

As the years march on, it becomes more difficult to find time to get everyone together for family celebrations. But we still make the effort, and try to find a time that works for as many as possible! This year Dad and Marge were away over Christmas, so we had our turkey dinner with my sisters and their families on New Years Day...right here, at my place.

There were twenty-four of us...and room to spare! We probably could have squeezed in the other 24 who couldn't make it (most of whom live in Manitoba, Iowa, or Texas!)

It was so good to have everyone together (four generations under one roof), because the cousins don't see a whole lot of each other anymore. Kathryn and Adam (my niece and her husband) are out from Australia and Kellen flew home from Winnipeg for the we all had some catching up to do.

We also had a birthday to celebrate! Ryder turned two on New Year's Eve, so we thought he needed a bit of a party. A cake with farm animals and a tractor was just what he ordered!

And this gift from Auntie Heidi and Uncle Tim couldn't have been more perfect. (Don't ask me what it is, but it's one of the biggest sellers at Heidi's shop!) His sisters were thinking it was quite fun also!

And Ryder was quite interested in great-grandpa's gift...maybe Grandpa Baerg would like some help with the hockey jigsaw puzzle!

Ranen cuddled with Auntie Heidi...

...while Jamie and Lauren did the girls hair.

We ate, we laughed, we talked...we played crokinole and ping pong...we opened a few Christmas gifts, and before long the day was over!

It's always good to get together because...we are family!

Just one more story before we go, Auntie Heidi!


  1. Wow, what a wonderful time you all had. I love Ryder's hair. Oh so cute.

  2. No wonder you have the big farmhouse! You need it!! We have been so cramped for years that we have been thinking of moving our get-togethers to the fire station, but then we'd have to push out the Smiths. Oh dear! The burden of growing families is a delight. ;>

    I hadn't realized that our grandsons were so close in age. My "big" one will be two in another week or so. Great looking cake!

  3. I know exactly what you mean is all. You have a lovely family, I hope all you can get together again soon, hopefully with the ones who couldn't make it this time!

  4. There is nothing better than alot of family getting together, is there? It looks like you all had such a wonderful time! Blessings!!



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