01/04/03 - Happy Holidays!!! - Our holiday season was full and busy this year. We first went to Lawton, OK to celebrate with Granny & Papa (Ninaís parents). We had a delicious traditional dinner with turkey and ham and fixings, opened gifts, and spent some time visiting and relaxing. Incidentally, we were also taking a cat to Lawton to be adopted by one of Rickís friends, but we fell in love with her and ended up taking her back to Fort Worth. Her name is Misty and she is 7 years old. Rickís friend will have to wait for a less sweet kitty. After Christmas in Lawton, we were back in Fort Worth for 3 days then traveled to Stillwater, OK to visit Nathanís family. Nathanís 2 brothers and wives and 2 children from each family made for a very energy-filled day. We enjoyed another delicious traditional meal and watched as all the toys were assembled and played with. We also got together with friends Bryan, who was home for the holidays between assignments in North Korea and Iraq, and friends Jonathan and Kahle, who recently became engaged. We did not adopt any new cats on that trip. Approximately one hour after we arrived back in Fort Worth from that trip, people began arriving at our house from Rickís side of the family. We ended up with 15 people, 1 dog, and 4 cats in the house. The windows were open, and the fans were on, at the end of December! We had non-traditional steak and lasagna dinners, played a large billiards tournament, and had a gift exchange. Approximately one hour after everyone left, we were asleep, preparing for work the next day. It was very busy but a whole lot of fun!

Ho! Ho! Ho! * Smooch *
Fun and Games A Cute Little Gift
Hmm..Tough Shot The Girls
Misty Kitty Bryan and Nathan

- Susan