Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:08 pm

“… the glow of shared humanity.”

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What happened the day Sting came to class.

Saturday, December 27, 2008 9:36 pm

Christmas ‘n’ family

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As the family (both nuclear and blended) grows more extended, it gets harder and harder to get everybody together in one place at one time for Christmas, even on just one side of the family. So we didn’t do that this year. But we still had a lot of fun.

Before we got together, of course, Hooper and Victoria had to register their demands requests with Santa. Santa had new digs at Friendly Center this year — bigger and airier — and we were fortunate to catch him at a time when there wasn’t much of a wait.

Victoria’s old enough to know better but quite happy to play along.

On Sunday 12/20, my brothers and I gathered at Mom’s condo, along with Frank’s girlfriend Christine and her kids. The kids, seated from left: Avana, Hooper, Taylor. Standing, from left: Whitney, Victoria, Jordan, Matthew.

This is how my brother Hugh, whose son Dylan is grown and gone, deals with the sound of seven kids in one condo.

On Christmas Day, we had Christmas dinner with friends in Chapel Hill. My friend’s uncle brought tissue-paper crowns for all the kids. Here’s Victoria in hers. Note, as she would insist you do, her new top and matching hand socks.

This weekend, V, H and I returned to Mom’s to get together with my stepsisters and their kids. As it happened, my cousin Lynn Margaret, her husband and their two kids were passing through en route from Connecticut to Florida, and so they stopped in for a bit as well.

Here’s Hooper playing Nintendo DS with his stepcousin Benjamin.

Lynn’s older daughter, who is 5, is also named Victoria.

Here are the two Victorias. You can tell they’re Alexanders. They’ve got that whole blue-eyes thing going on.

Victoria W., who is in kindergarten, is scary smart, just like her second cousin was at that age. She was practicing her cursive writing, and I asked her how she learned it. She said, “Well, I go to a Christian school, which means pretty much nobody does any bad things, so the teachers use the extra time to teach us cursive.”

Because Satan’s handiwork is a real timesuck and all.

Here’s Victoria W.’s 13-month-old sister, Isabella, who was just as charming as her big sister, albeit somewhat less talkative. She’s mildly annoyed here only because the phone isn’t beeping when she pushes the buttons. As is true of many toddlers, she don’t truck with no TOY cell phones.

And last but not least, our newest family member: my stepsister Kristi’s 4-month-old daughter, Madelyn. In this unfortunately unfocused picture, she’s opening her present from cousin Benjamin. We dubbed it the Maddy Lion.

I hope your Christmas was merry. And if I don’t blog again before then, Happy New Year!

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