Sunday, December 12, 2010

Family Christmas Party

Yesterday we had our family Christmas Party.  It isn't often that all of my brothers and sisters can get together at the same time.  We are somewhat scattered about the country.  I have family in  Pennsylvania (where we were all born and raised), New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Indiana, Texas, North Carolina and Peru..  At some times over the years, we have had family living in Germany, Okinawa, Korea, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Panama, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia.  For now, only my sister's husband commutes back and forth to Peru for his job.

All of my brothers and sisters were able to attend.  However, some of the next generation, and even the third generation could not.  As it was, there were 33 of the 49 family members were there.  Some had to work, some live too far away.  We missed them, but we sure had a good time!

And oh boy!  Was there a lot of food!!  We opted to do just appetizers, snack foods and yummy desserts, rather than a meal.  It was a great idea!  I wish I had taken pictures of the food, but it was difficult.  Everyone would dig in as soon as a new platter was placed on the table!

I did take a few pictures... well, my favorite future son-in-law did!

Here are the eight of us!  I'm the only gal standing.

Here are some of the cousins with their significant others.
My daughter and her fiance' are on the left.  
My other 2 kids had school and/or work.

John and me!

We also have a barbecue at Peggy's in the summer too!  


Matty said...

What a happy looking family Joanie. I always looks forward to the get-together with the extended family.

The Retired One said...

What a wonderful Christmas get together with all of your family...I am so happy for you Joanie!

Peggy said...

Wow, nice family Joanie.
I only have one brother , would love to have had more.
Happy Holidays to you and John!

Pastor Sharon said...

It is a true joy to see you all looking so happy to be together.

And it is so good to see you and John looking so healthy and happy together!

God bless you all!

slommler said...

What a blessing that you could all come together! Great pics!!
It is hard to get family rounded up for celebratory occasions but you managed and it is terrific!!
Glad you had a great time!!

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

Great photo of you and John. Funny how parts of the photo are blurred except of you and John.

Gaston Studio said...

It's obvious you all had a grand old time! Great photos, especially the one of you and John. Happy holidays Joanie.