|Kevin, Troy, Sean, Ken, Katie, Renee, Cathi|
|Troy & Sean|
On Christmas Eve “Eve”, we celebrated with the members of the Hatch family that were in town and available to join us for a family celebration. This year our group was small since we had only the families of two out of our six children in town and able to join us; Ken’s oldest son, Sean Hatch, with his partner Troy Clark and mom, Renee Newitt and my daughter, Katie Laramore with her husband, Kevin, and 1-1/2 year old son, Cutter.
It was a relaxed evening with lots of conversation, re-telling of old stories and food. Cutter and ZiZi, our 6 month old Yorkshire Terrier puppy, kept us entertained with their antics.
|Cathi with the Nutcracker|
Ken and I were intrigued with the VERY oversized beautiful, wrapped gift that appeared next to our Christmas tree from all of the children. We guessed that it might be a refrigerator, but we couldn’t imagine where we were going to put it. After dinner when we opened gifts together, we were both astonished when the “reveal” occurred and we saw the incredible, 6 foot tall wooden Nutcracker emerge. He is carved from head to toe and will be a fantastic addition to all of our Christmas celebrations in the future! Thank you to Kevin, who saw him and arranged for everyone to participate in the gift.
|Katie opens “white elephant” wedding ring|
Cutter and ZiZi were the most spoiled with total number of gifts, but Katie was most surprised when during the white elephant gift exchange, she opened a gift bag that held a matching wedding ring for her finger! Kevin is sneaky and a great gift selector!
At the end of the evening, we all retired (without nightcap or kerchief) with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.