Christmas 2001 was hectic for me. The weekend
before Christmas Day, Kelly Wood and I headed up to Edmonton, Alberta to
have dinner and an early gift opening with Bob (Kelly's dad) and Una Wood.
Joining us were Chris Wood (Kelly's brother) and Edwina (Eddie) Podemski.
Una prepared a huge, scrumptious, penultimate Christmas Eve feast for us
all, and the balance of the evening was spent exchanging extravagant gifts.
From L to R are Kelly, Una, Chris,
Bob, and Eddie.
Bob tries out his new sweater, headlamp
On Christmas Eve, Kelly and I returned to
Calgary to prepare another feast for Chris, Eddie, Evalyn Wood (Kelly's
mom), and Dan Millar. Then on Christmas Day, we had another gift
exchange before I caught an afternoon flight to Seattle, Washington to
join my mom, Grace, my brother, William, his wife, Lynette, and their two
sons, James and Daniel, for dinner. It was the first time in a long
while that my immediate family (except for my father who passed away in
1998) was actually together on Christmas Day.
Kelly and Sonny embrace each other.
Eddie and Chris watch Evalyn opening
her big present.
A Fistful of Bou's: William
(in blue) hangs onto rambunctious Daniel (5 years old) while Grace hangs
onto acerbic James (8 years old).
I spent much of the remainder of my Christmas
break hanging out with my mom and my brother's family in and around the
Seattle area. We toured Snoqualamie Falls and the Chittenden Locks
as well as taking some short walks both in the greater Seattle area and
in Kirkland (where my brother's family lives).
Daniel and James relax in the lobby
of the hotel overlooking Snoqualamie Falls.