Here they are: My whole family. Ta da! From left to right: the newly preggers SIL Sarah, tall artsy brother Tyler, long distance runner brother Jake, globe traveling sister Andrea, oldest sister Me, sweet husband Jason. Dad and Mom front and center with World's Cutest Girls, Clover and Sydney.
We got this impromptu picture taken yesterday during our annual Family Christmas Shopping Day, or FamChriShoDa as my sister dubbed it. We walked in to Clackamas Town Center and my mom said, "Let's have our picture taken!" This has to be the world's easiest way ever: no time to stress or figure out what to wear or spend too much time fixing our hair.
We've been doing the family shopping day since I was 15 or 16, growing slowly from six to seven to eight to ten. It really is the best present that my parents give to us kids, and I think it's even better than Christmas Day. We got to witness my dad's mad driving skills, read kids books in Powells, push strollers through the mall, color on menus at dinner, crowd into the theatre and pass candy back and forth. And laugh and joke and have way too much fun.
Despite the busy schedules, we always make time for shopping day, and aside from the year Andrea was in China, we have never had anybody miss. Jake had only come by bus from Boise the night before, but he was there, and it was ever so good to see him. This year we started off with book shopping at Powell's, snack at Mia Gelato, more shopping at Clackamas, dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory (the riverfront one) and then into Vancouver to see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. With the addition of two little girls we've had to split into two vehicles, but happily for us we borrowed my grandma's new Caravan with heated seats and a DVD player. It's a good thing Baby (Einstein) Santa isn't too annoying since the girls watched it no less than half a dozen times. The girls were SO good, and aside from one meltdown** early in the morning (from me) the day went off grand and gloriously.
And hooray for me: I got all my Christmas shopping done.
Now all I have to do is my Christmas grocery shopping!
**Sydney's ophthalmology appointment we've been waiting two months for? Got to the office, and the doctor had canceled because she was sick (sick of working the week before Christmas is more like it). That sobbing woman at the reception desk was me. At least I had my family to make sure that the day wasn't totally ruined.