Marie Gates Xmas Dinner

December 21, 2002

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I should have known it would be different when I dropped by the house at 8am and Marie was still in her jammies. Perry was elbow deep in chopped veggies making some kind of dip of himself. 

At two, there was a little more progress... the house was still in upheaval but there was food on the counter. Ah, progress.

As usual, a great time was had by all. Here are some snapshots.

(As usual, click on the small picture to get the big picture.)

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The nice couple who worked their tushies off. 
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Ho, Ho, Ho!
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There is a lot of food here.
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As usual... too much food.
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I'm not kidding.
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These people cannot even stand anymore from the amount of food they were required to eat.
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DebDog gives a gift.
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Tex finds a frog.
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"Hey Tex, Is that a frog in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

Jody don't care... ribbit, ribbit!

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We love watching Alex look for her present. She and her friends really get into the chase.
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No matter where the clue leads, she will be there looking for it. 
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It's always worth it when she finds the big box!


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Every year the kids big present must be found by following the clues on a treasure hunt. 
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It is a really good thing that Matt has good friends or he would have left for Michigan with coal in his sock. He is getting too lazy for big presents because he doesn't want to play the game anymore.
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Oh sure, now he looks happy. Before this he was whining about having to chase all over for clues. I guess if the payoff is big enough....


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