Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Good Kind of Chaos

My sister Sandi, has always had the whole family over on Christmas day. We are growing in numbers, in age, (well some of us) and in traveling distance. Yesterday, if I counted correctly, there were 30 of us.

Sandi and her husband Gary, have a beautiful big home, and we manage to graze roam room to room. One of the neatest things about their house, they have copper piping under her floor tiles, keeping hot water running through them, so the floors are never cold.

We discovered a bonus use for that feature yesterday. If you want to reheat something, simply place it on the tiles and it heats up.

Oh sure, you're thinking Gary just dropped some lasagna.

No way, look here, Zak is reheating some up too.

The desert table has a place of it's own in her formal dining room. This was taken before everything was out, because when I saw her homemade cookies coming ... I shut my camera off and helped her set things up, err, eh, yeah, that's what I did ... I helped her.

As usual, Sandi, everything was won.der.ful. My sister Shelia made the lasagna and I need the recipe. It was so yummy, I should have thought to bring some home.

We had my great niece's and nephew to bring the excitement of Christmas, through the eyes of children, to the party.

This was the first time Mom and my step father Marv were here. They are usually in Florida from late fall to spring. I think this winter filled their "home for Christmas" fix for another 10 years though.

Michael, Captain Obvious, is a little miffed that we didn't get a family photo. I know we all talked about it, but with fun chaos, sugar overloads, "cheers" in a glass, and people having to come late and leave earlier ... well it got overlooked. I like your executive decision though Michael, you can be Julie the Cruise Director next year and organize the photo early in the day.


sgk213 said...

Those photos are a riot. I hope Sandi lets Gary see them.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all..including the floor scrappers!!! Too funny!!!

Getting that family photo is tricky ... so good idea putting "Julie" in charge next year for as soon as all are assembled...that really is the trick!!

Linda and her Surroundings said...

Sounds like a big feast was had by all. Heated floors - how lovely and warm would that be.

Michael said...

The family picture will happen first thing and we'll be skipping the gift exchange.

Yours truly,

Julie the Cruise Director

detroit dog said...

Sounds like wonderful family holiday! Glad you had fun.

Heated floors...!

Michael said...

P.S. I know the secret ingredient to the lasagne recipe. If you're nice, I just may share it with you :)

hottdog said...

sounds like a great time full of sugar and floor smeared lazana! lol.

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Karin said...

30 people! Sounds like fun, but I think Sandi's a brave and generous woman. I was frazzled just having 5 of us. And even with that small number of people, we didn't get a family picture either!

Beth said...

WOW!!! That is some dessert table!!!

And you look fabulous!!!

Audubon Ron said...

A la.zag.nie explosion. Cool!

Mary Alice said...

Warm floors? Heaven.

Fightin' Mad Mary said...

I saw the 2006 photo on Capt. Obvious's blog. It's a great tradition and I hope y'all do it next year. I really wish we had more family photos like that. How do you fit 30 people in one shot? That would be the challenge.

I always wish we had heated floors, they really are a treat.

And you do look great!!!