Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve 2008

We drove to the city of Tustin in Orange County for Christmas Eve Day to get together with Laurie's side of the family at the home of David and Gayle Hicks.  Gayle is Laurie's sister.

We were supposed to bring Laurie's dad, Bill, and his wife, Florene, with us but unfortunately they couldn't make it due to illness.

Rice Krispy Treat Man

Rice Krispy Treats might be the BEST reason to live in America.  When we walked into Casa Hicks this was the first thing I saw.  I knew it would be a good day indeed! 

This is our son Andy's favorite dessert but unfortunately he and Jenn could not make the trip out from Las Vegas... MORE FOR ME!

Our nieces, Amy Hicks and Lyndsey McKenzie, flank our future daughter-in-law Vanessa Perez

Vanessa asked them to be in their wedding this coming August and they said yes!

Most of the Guys

Me, Tim Hicks, Mike Contreras, Craig McKenzie, Scott Hicks, Brian (Amy's beau whose last name I did not catch), and David, the patriarch of the Hicks clan.

Laurie, Vanessa, Lyndsey, Amy and Gayle

The PERFECT Christmas Gift?

Could there possibly be anything better than not one but two Rick Steves travel books under the Christmas tree?  Well, maybe a Red Ryder BB gun.

A Gingerbread Man in about to disappear from the face of the earth.

One Last Group Photo

The fourth and fifth people from the left are John and Sarah.  Sarah is one of the cousins and John has been her main squeeze for quite a while now.  They arrived a little late from their long drive this morning from "The Garlic Capitol of the World", Gilroy, California.

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