Rachael's Holiday Party 2002

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Alex, Damian and Rachael.

The latkes were terrific. Crisp, crunchy and soft in the middle, just like they should be. Also, thin and small enough to grab when her back is turned. We couldn't figure out how she did it so fast and so well with her small fry pan. 

Some of these pictures are a scream and you will enjoy them especially if you can laugh at yourself. (This is not an obscure reference. One of you will figure it out... I promise.) 

The art project this year required major logistics to bring about. Between  genius, inspiration and high technology, the event was fun and meaningful. (The two traits I most often associate with Rachael.) 

Every family unit was photographed in front of the tree and then received two copies of the photo to use for the project. Rachael supplied the genius, inspiration and art supplies and I brought the electronics. Together, everyone made great mementos of the evening.  

(As usual, click on the little picture to see the big picture.)

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As is usually the case nowadays, children dictate our social schedule. It helps when they're cute doing it.
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First time I've seen Bill and Sheila since the baby arrived. I only saw the baby once, when he was still a part of Mommy.

The Unofficial Bill and Sheila Holiday Project Portrait.

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Cousins Bruce and Gail from Glenview.  (That is outside of Chicago for "you know who you are")
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A set of three photos of the family. This is the formal one.
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One of the advantages of a high speed camera (Fuji S2) with a great flash (SB-80DX) is that you can get moments others miss. 
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There is no other way to capture these little moments that only Paparazzi seem to nail. 

You go, girl!

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"Hey Mom, want a chip?"

I did this with the artistic brush stroke filter. Cool, huh!

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No question about it. This young fellow wins the "George Zimmer Best Dressed Kid in the Place" award. 

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Bill did a good job as Crayon Monitor.
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Yep, the boys are back in town. 
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The cook. (And the smile we all love!)
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He is not as tough as he looks. Inside that camo uniform is a heart of a marshmallow. That's Good, by the way!
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"No Way." "Can't be."

Sorry guys, but Rachael sets the rules. This is her project. 

Deal with it. 

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"By George, I think they've got it!"
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Oh my, is this little one  going to become a real "Guy!" or what? 

(Can't wait so watch this. Sort of the same excitement I feel when I think of Damian and Alex outnumbered 2 to 2 come April.  He He!)


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The place is crawling, wall to wall with mommy's and kids.  If you like chaos, this place is for you. 
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The "Retired Gal's"

Nice people with good art sense. 

("Retired" ain't as glamorous as you might think.) 


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It takes some work but it is worth it when you can get all three Skinner boys smiling at the same time.
 (Wow, got Mom and Dad, too!)
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Everybody gets into it. 
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The official Sheila and Bill Holiday Project Portrait. 
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A sample of the finished project. No voting... everyone's a winner!


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