Family Friday 32

The week after Christmas has always seemed like something of a lost week. The whole preparation for Christmas thing in our society is just so hectic, and then Christmas happens and everyone just wants to sit around and eat things and not do anything. Typically Ryan would be on leave from the Army, or on break between quarters as he is this year. This means time to catch up on projects, in theory, but in reality, it doesn’t always work out that way.

First, this is a pre-Christmas picture that we couldn’t post last week because it would have ruined the surprise for Mommy.

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Evie likes painting pottery, although she did want to taste the paint. You’ll see how that project turned out in a minute.

Christmas Eve was at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. Family Friday 32 2Mommy had to be on call during Christmas Eve, and she got called out to scan some patients in the the middle of Evie’s Christmas present opening. Family Friday 32 4

Fortunately it was a short study and she got back in time to join the grownups opening presents.Family Friday 32 5

And she got one of her favorite things for Christmas from her dad…

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Seriously, when your hands are as cold as Kathleen’s are, you get excited about stuff like that.

On Christmas Day we facetimed with Ryan’s family in New York. Evie got to see Grandma and Grandpa Kraeger, and Uncle Ian and Uncle Matthew. She even got to see her new baby cousin, Rebecca.

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Facetime with the Family.


We also did our own present opening. Family Friday 32 8

Evie got a lot of presents from family, including a Noah’s Ark from Grandma and Grandpa, and a book from Uncle Jason and Auntie Kim. Family Friday 32 7

She even got a beautiful bronze statue of her patron, St. Therese of Lisieux!

Family Friday 32 10We gave Mommy the project that Evie had painted for her. Daddy made two Brown Swiss cows out of Evie’s feet! Family Friday 32 9


This is the back side of the plate that Evie painted all by herself.

On Saturday, Uncle Adam and Aunt Maryanne came over and Evie was very happy to see her favorite baby cousin.

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Evie can’t wait to see Baby Edmund!

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Horsing around with Daddy and Uncle Adam.

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Photography lessons with Aunt Maryanne.Family Friday 32 12


Uncle Adam wanted to practice his pizza making art. Ryan has the Original Dough Recipe as baked by G’Pa Pelicano and Uncle Adam whipped it up, lager beer and classic jazz and all. Family Friday 32 13

The pizza on the left is a gluten free pizza that Uncle Adam was working on for Aunt Maryanne. It was okay, although the texture is not what we are usually used to for pizza. The one on the right, however, is the Original. We came down to take it out of the oven and the smell of it filled the kitchen with the memories of G’Pa P. It smelled like crisco and Coltrane.

It was absolutely perfect. Uncle Adam nailed it!

Then we watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” to close out a wonderful Christmas celebration.Family Friday 32 14

On Sunday we drove down to Newport, Oregon to spend the week at Grandpa and Grandma’s time share condo. We have been spending a lot of time walking on the beach, enjoying the scenery (when the weather permits). Family Friday 32 18

Daddy and Mommy are also working out together. Mommy thinks it is tiring, and her legs are very sore. Evie thinks it’s very entertaining.

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Hi, Mommy, are you tired? It’s okay, Evie help mommy!

Family Friday 32 19 Family Friday 32 20The Oregon Coast is beautiful.

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We visited a lighthouse and historic interpretive center and Evie enjoyed checking out the exhibits.Family Friday 32 40Evie wanted to climb on the seal, but she was a little disappointed that it was too slippery.

Family Friday 32 26“Wait, why can’t I reach the things in the water? This water is solid!”

“That’s because it’s plastic, Evie.”

Finally, Just today we went to visit a restored 19th Century lighthouse on Yaquita Bay. It was one of many lighthouses guiding shipping up and down the treacherous Oregon Coast in the mid-to-late 19th Century. Family Friday 32 44As you can see from the window of the old entry room, it was not alone. It was joined by the Yaquita Head lighthouse about five miles north on the coast. Family Friday 32 43

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We hope you guys are having a good week. Happy New Year, and may God Bless you richly in 2016. Remember to be grateful for 2015, the bad times as well as the good time. See you next year!



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