Mom makes a birthday cake each year, because after dinner, we celebrate the November and December birthdays. Maria is the beautiful model beside the cake. Like Vanna White.
We gather around the room for the blessing. Uncle Chunk makes the blessing short and sweet. That is when I learned that Micheal and Alex are going to Afghanistan for a long, long time. Whoa. Uncle Chunk just puts in the most important parts. When Uncle Frank gives the blessing it lasts longer and is a bit more flowery. I enjoy both of their styles.
We politely get in line for the buffet:
Scott stood right by the food, so he was first in line. Pretty clever!
The baby provides lovely music for our listening entertainment.
After we are ready for dessert, Mom gathers everybody with a November or December birthday up. We sing happy birthday. The dude in the wheelchair is faking injury. He just likes popping wheelies.
Casey, Kari and Jen let me take their picture. The next time we will all be together will probably be next summer at Jen's wedding.