Christmas in St. Louis started the day before. We thought the kids would be surprised with a transformation, so we worked to paint and prepare the basement for them. They were not as surprised as we had hoped, but having a new space for them to hang out is good.
Painting the wall white is the first step of this transformation.
And its getting closer.
Enjoying presents from Santa!
With our warm new “fireplace”
Preparing dessert at Henry and Carols.
Carol is a perfect host and you can tell she enjoys it!
Mom and daughter.
3 generations of sons enjoying time together.
Kelly and Sonora enjoying electronics.
Some evil memory game. With all those brains, I chose to sit out so I wouldn’t feel dumb.
This was the perfect way to end our holiday season by seeing all (most, some of my siblings were not around) of our close family in a short amount of time.
The annual get together with Laura and friends continued this year. We met at Laura’s place downtown.
Laura hosting the party with Jermey
Danelle and Sonora hanging out.
Michael is fighting off Eva and Robert
I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of Laura where she wansn’t happy. Always fun to be around her!
Jeremy and I hanging out!
Jen and Danelle. AKA moms with oldish kids trying to stay awake!
Robert has energy for days!
Eva has that same energy.
Katie was able to make the party and joined us. I was surprised that she stayed as late as she did, cause she had patients to see in the morning.
Playing a family friendly group game together. Can’t remember what it was, but we were all laughing!
And it wouldn’t be a holiday without a game of “Cards Against Humanity”.
Sonora had another orchestra concert. Here is the recording.
Corvin plays the bass in the Webster Groves High School Orchestra. This is the first concert of the year. He had to get all dressed up and appears sharp!
We did our best to find good seats where we could see Corvin, but its hard when he is in the back. Before the concert, there was time to kill, so I had fun with the family.
If you’re interested, give the orchestra a listen, they are quite good!
I was a site leader for the RdP Trash Bash again this year. This year, it was a little closer to home. Our site was Deer Creek in Webster groves where it goes under Brentwood Blvd. Sonora and I got there early to wait for Panera to deliver breakfast.
I’m not sure what Sonora was doing here, but I know that we were laughing and having a good time.
Preparing in the new shelter where we’ll set up base camp.
Webster Groves parks and rec department was sponsoring this specific cleanup location. There were several Webster Groves employees there to help. This also meant that they brought out the big toys to help. We had all sorts of tools and even had occasion to use the backhoe!
Most interesting of all of all for this cleanup is the man cave that we removed from under the bridge. Somebody had spent a lot of time. I was torn about cleaning it up. It looked cool and they didn’t seem to be bothering anybody, but all of that stuff would eventually go down the river as trash in the next flood.
And if you didn’t catch it in the last image, that is a current publication of Cowboys & Indians magazine. Strange!