2009 Family Reunion

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We did a Family Reunion in August: Bristol (niece) was born. Dad was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in Nov (immediately in to Chemo). Christmas with the Family, and a fight with Uncle Bill lead him to sequester Grandma until she died.

Summer Reunion

We did a Family Reunion in August: Bristol (niece) was born.

2009.Grandma.JPGPool Party / Family Reunion with respects to Grandma
2009.Grandma2.JPGSarah (Sister-in-Law) and Grandma
2009.Grandma3.JPGMom and Grandma
2009.Bro.JPGDevon, Sarah and Ethan
2008.PirateCake.JPGEthan's Pirate Cake
2009.Dad2.JPGDad
2008.TheBoys.JPGThe Family Men
2009.Pool.JPGAnd there was swimming of course

Laguna Beach

We also shot down to Laguna Beach for the day, and had a nice brunch and walk on the beach.

2009.Dad.JPGDad at the beach
2009.Laguna.JPGSarah and Melissa at the beach

Winter Reunion

Dad was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in Nov (immediately in to Chemo). And we did XMas with the family in the O.C., and up in Burbank.

Christmas Eve was a big fight (drama) between my Uncle Bill and Mom... as usual. Bill had a meltdown over a property dispute, pushed my stricken Dad into a wall, and promised to keep Grandma away from us and steal our inheritance as revenge -- which he did, until she was on her deathbed, and he let us see her (and capitulated against a lawsuit). But 6 years of family damage had already been done.

Dad was in chemo this Christmas, but finished chemo in spring, had remission and did a summer vacation to Europe. But after that he had complications, reoccurrence, and was in the hospital for the next Christmas and died in January. So this was our last Christmas as a family. Sadly, Bristol never got to know Grandpa Jim.

2009.Xmas.JPGMelissa and I, preparing for the ritual gift opening ceremonies.
2009.DadXmas.JPGDad looking chipper.
2009.DadXmas2.JPGSpending time together.
2009.Chistmas.JPGThe family went out for Dinner.
2009.GunterKay.JPGAnd our extended family Gunther and Kay. I've known Gunter since I was 6.
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