Additionally, in recent years, on the day after Christmas, we gather with Todd's other side of the family. This is his dads side of the family (not to be confused with his moms side that we celebrate with on Christmas Eve). This year was the first Christmas without Grandad (he left this earth on April 6, 2010). We miss Grandad very much but we know that he is in a much better place now and is reunited with O.B. and Sasha.
We reserved a room and met at Sycamore Glen Retirement Community; this is where Granny lives. There we gathered with Todd's uncles, aunts (uncles wives), cousins, cousins spouses and all of their children. We typically meet around 1pm, eat lunch and hang out for a few hours. Of course we ate lots of yummy food and delicious desserts and we catch up with some of the family we haven't seen in sometime. Stella loves meeting up with her 10 other cousins, hanging out and playing with them as sometimes this is the only time she gets to see them all year.
|Granny and Jonah (her 12th great grandchild).|
For most of this side of the family this was the very first time they met Jonah. Some of the family lives out of town, out of state or very far north. Of course Jonah was loved by all and had a great time too!
Jonah is now Granny's 12th great grandchild and 5th great grandson. Initially the boys took the lead but in recent years the girls have pulled ahead. We will have to see what the numbers look like after Jen and Tyler (Todd's sister and brother in law) have their twins this summer. I'm secretly rooting for the girls to remain in the lead.
|Jonah and Mandy.|
|K.T. showing Granny her horse.|
|Hank giving Granny some art he made for her.|
|Pheobe and K.T. get in on the action with Lexy, Susan, Greg and Elayne.|
|Elayne and Jonah.|