Frame the family, Christmas 2015

Goldee

Goldee   

Every year, without fail for the last many years we have had dinner at Holly’s house. The tradition remains the same. We eat at about 3 pm, join in the living room to open gifts and then, whether everyone is kicking and screaming or not, we take a few family photos.

Goldee kicked off the 2015 Frame the Family session.

Holly, Goldee, Autzen and Joe

Holly, Goldee, Autzen and Joe   

These two never cease to amaze me. They really know how to throw a party. The food is always delicious (this year it was pot roast and Holly made this incredible cranberry-orange cheesecake), I’m wishing for some leftovers as I type.

Thank you Holly and Joe from the bottom of my heart for all of the effort that you put into our holiday gathering.

Jericho, Megan and Cooper

Jericho, Megan and Cooper   

Megan brought the newest beau in her life. I would like you to meet Cooper, my newest grand doggin. Of course, the rumor on the streets is that this sweet little 12 yo Italian greyhound is “just” a foster, but he is so perfect that I’m pretty sure he’s going to end up being just a “failed foster.”

Jericho, Megan, Cooper, Autzen, Goldee and Holly

Jericho, Megan, Cooper, Autzen, Goldee and Holly   

I didn’t teach my girls to cook or sew or clean, but I did teach them the love of dogs and boy oh boy do these girls love their dogs.

Mission accomplished.

Megan and Holly

Megan and Holly   

Yeppers, I’m pretty proud of those two.

Cooper, Jericho, Goldee, Autzen

Cooper, Jericho, Goldee, Autzen   

And I love their furry little families.

Holly, Mary, Goldee, Autzen and Joe

Holly, Mary, Goldee, Autzen and Joe   

We are always so lucky to have Joe’s mom Mary join us. She cooks the turkey at Thanksgiving but I’m pretty sure she got off of the hook for Christmas dinner.

Steve, Megan, Holly and Lynn

Steve, Megan, Holly and Lynn   

Megan and Holly’s dad Steve always comes and so does his lovely significant other Lynn. We are able share plenty of laughs and I always try and send Lynn home a tidbit of dirt about Steve. I just can’t help myself. Oooops.

Megan, Holly, Steve, Belva and Lynn

Megan, Holly, Steve, Belva and Lynn   

And what would a Christmas be without Grandma? Belva is Steve’s mom.

Lynn, Karen, Terri and Steve

Lynn, Karen, Terri and Steve   

It doesn’t happen very often, but they actually wrestled me to the ground for the camera (I think it might have something to do with the hard cider Holly served).

I call this one the new, the new, the old and the ex.

How lucky are we to have a great relationship. Pretty darn lucky if you ask me.

Happy holidays everyone.