A Christmas Scrapbook

Ah, Christmas. My favorite time of year. It darts by far too quickly. We welcomed the season with some festive times in Portland, before heading back to Michigan to split a healthy chunk of time between Jeff’s Brighton-based Krass family and my Linwood-based Redick family.

I sure love these people.

Two shots of happy couples at Bye and Bye on the ugly holiday sweater bar crawl

Two shots of happy couples at Bye and Bye on the ugly holiday sweater bar crawl

The Thunderballs bowling team family at Jessica and Todd's Christmas party

The Thunderballs bowling team family at Jessica and Todd’s Christmas party

Cooper and his buddy Giggs pose in front of our tiny tree

Cooper and his buddy Giggs pose in front of our tiny tree

Jeff and our first little nephew, Ben

Jeff and our first little nephew, Ben

Admiring the brand new mural on our annual, pre-Christmas visit to the Detroit Eastern Market

Admiring the brand new mural on our annual, pre-Christmas visit to the Detroit Eastern Market

Eagerly awaiting our Bloody Marys (with beer backs, of course) at Vivio's, another Eastern Market tradition

Eagerly awaiting our Bloody Marys (with beer backs, of course) at Vivio’s, another Eastern Market tradition

Brothers Jeff and Rob braving the crowds at Devries & Co. cheese store in Eastern Market

Brothers Jeff and Rob braving the crowds at Devries & Co. cheese store in Eastern Market

A trip to Brighton isn't complete without a Coney Joe's visit

A trip to Brighton isn’t complete without a Coney Joe’s visit

My faves! You may recognize them from our wedding party: me, Lesley, Ashley, Ashley, Rachel, Jenny and Vanessa

My faves! You may recognize them from our wedding party: me, Lesley, Ashley, Ashley, Rachel, Jenny and Vanessa

Jeff in a Sharp sandwich

Jeff in a Sharp sandwich

Me with my old buddy Vermin and Lesley

Me with my old buddy Vermin and Lesley (who visited Portland in 2012)

The beautiful ice-encrusted trees along I-75 near Flint

The beautiful ice-encrusted trees along I-75 near Flint

Uncle Roger and his new little buddy, Ben

Uncle Roger and his new little buddy, Ben

The Krass men stoked about their new hats from Aunt Elaine

The Krass men stoked about their new Rose Bowl hats from Aunt Elaine

Look at this little peanut! He's such a cutie.

Look at this little peanut! He’s such a cutie.

Proud new grandma with Ben

Proud new grandma with Ben

A belated birthday celebration for Jeff, funfetti cake and all!

A belated birthday celebration for Jeff, funfetti cake and all!

A special visitor in our family pic at Grandma’s house – check out my sister’s Neil Diamond Wedding Wish

A special visitor in our family pic at Grandma’s house – check out my sister’s Neil Diamond Wedding Wish for this to make more sense

The Redick fam brothers-in-law at Grandma's house on Christmas Eve

The Redick fam brothers-in-law at Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve

The family Christmas tree with the sea of presents for the 11 of us

The family Christmas tree with the sea of presents for the 11 of us

Macy looking less than enthused on Christmas morning

Macy looking less than enthused on Christmas morning

Mom and Dad looking remarkably fresh for 7 a.m. Christmas morning

Mom and Dad looking remarkably fresh for 7 a.m. Christmas morning

Merry Christmas from Saganing Eagles Landing Casino!

Merry Christmas from Saganing Eagles Landing Casino!

Uncle Jeff getting Ava and Macy started early with bar games

Uncle Jeff getting Ava and Macy started early with bar games

Aw.

Aw.

Cousin bonding time with cutie-pie Kempton

Cousin bonding time with cutie-pie Kempton

Great catching up with Muskegon-based cousins Justin, Nicole and little Kempton

Great catching up with Muskegon-based cousins Justin, Nicole and little Kempton

It was a white Christmas! Icicles and snow outside my parents' front window

It was a white Christmas! Icicles and snow outside my parents’ front window

Wide open spaces where I'm from!

Wide open spaces where I’m from!

Tristan, Lori, me and Shelly at WhichCraft in Midland (just before my scarring experience)

Tristan, Lori, me and Shelly at WhichCraft in Midland (just before my scarring experience)

The Redicks fam, Yurgaites fam, and Beth watching Rusty play at Diamond Jim's in Midland

The Redick fam, Yurgaites fam and Beth watching Rusty play at Diamond Jim’s in Midland

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