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This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas Eve Open House

December 26, 2006

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In the first of what is destined to be a holiday tradition if we are in town, we hosted a holiday open house on Christmas Eve and tried to invite just about everyone we could to join us. It seems the word got out as we had a packed house and yard for the entire evening. I have no idea how many of our friends and family showed up, but one keen eyed observer who was paying closer attention than I , estimated about 150 people were there over the course of the evening.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Bethany, Richard & Jeremy

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Dar, Kathy, Kathy & Carrie

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMarilyn, CoCo, Lois, Ted & Jim

All I know is that Kathy & I were thrilled that so many people joined us for such a special gathering. It was overwhelming to us. It was especially fun to have so many children around. Being a teacher at the Key West co-op means that seeming every child in Key West knows “Miss Kathy” and they all seemed to show up with their parents in tow, making the early portion of the party a virtual playhouse of scampering happy kids, eagerly enjoying the holiday spirit.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingKelsey, Alexa (front) Lisa & Debbie (back)

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Sy & Florrie

As the evening wore on the child to adult ratio shifted towards the adult side, but the exuberance and excitement generated early on never really dissipated. It was so crowded that at times, we barely had a chance to say hello to all the people there. There were a bunch of folks I never realized were even there until we were saying goodbye and even more who I had greeted, but never made it back to talk to before they were off.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Gretchen & Marna

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting David, Fiona, Tallulah, Ali & Jack

The weather could not have been more perfect and we had a wonderful, wonderful time. Thanks to everyone who joined us to share the happiness of the holidays, we hope to make it an annual tradition. If you missed it, we hope to see you next time, if you somehow did not get an invitation, it doesn’t mean we didn’t want you around, no it just means we don’t have your mailing address or e-mail in our database. Drop us a line and we’ll get you added. Happy Holidays to All!- Love Kathy & Michael

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Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Gil with his daughter January


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