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Christmas Eve at the Alonso Residence

Posted on December 26, 2009 by under Family.    

Zane and Apple

Because we are uber nerds, we had to bring our laptops. How else were we going to farm? LOL.

Kidding aside, I was on call on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so Brian and I actually brought three laptops with us: our personal laptops, which you see in the photo above, and then my work laptop, which was setup in one of the guest bedrooms. I had to get the several applications going: our deskview/callboard, Nortel CCMS (to see how long the rep has been idle, on a call, or any other activity), TotalView (to see how many calls abandoned during each interval), and Lotus Notes and Sametime (so I can communicate with the rep who’s working without having to call the office and tie up their line).

I was worried that I’d have to do callout while I was at mom and dad’s because of the blizzard-like weather conditions. I didn’t have to do until I got home, though. Brian and I got in at midnight and I got a call around 1 AM, right as we had gone to bed. That’s my luck (or lack thereof) for you.

Jen-Tevs (our new nickname for Jennifer Teves Allison because there are just way too many Jennifers in our family) made this beautiful, fruitilicious salad.

Mom’s humba turned out really good. It was the best humba she’s made yet. We had a ton of food. I won’t post all the food pictures here.

Mom was really proud of the fact that (besides the dishes that Jen-Tevs and Apple brought) she made all of the ulam herself. She didn’t hire someone else to cook/cater our dinner this time. Way to go, mom!

Our group photo (Alonsos, Holders, Allisons, Brubakers, plus Jeremy Ryan) was taken before the Cannadys arrived. We should have taken a group photo after they got to the house, but we got distracted by the kiddos and opening presents. We forgot all about it. LOL.

Andrew, Apple and Zane Holder

Jen-Tevs and Armando Allison

Mom with Brian and Jeremy

Mom was Jeremy’s realtor when he bought his house. He is a good friend of Andrew and Apple. This is actually the first time that Brian and I met Jeremy. Although, we almost met him at the Midwest Rockfest this summer because mom told us that he was there too.


Apple really got into Catchphrase. I’m glad because it’s one of my favorite games. I never have anyone to play with, though, because Brian doesn’t like it. Notice that he’s not playing with us.

The Cannadys

Eli and Matthew

Mom and Jen-Tevs

Logan and Brian

Me and Jennifer Cannady

Logan with the Nerf Wii game that Jenni got him.

Eli, playing with his new toy.

The Holders and Jeremy Ryan

Jennifer, Jen-Tevs, Mom, Apple and Zane

Jen-Tevs and Armando, reading an article about our favorite sports hero Manny Pacquiao. Go Pacman!

Baby Zane with some toys we got for him.

Logan with the Nerf machine gun that we got him.

Eli with the Bob the Builder stuff that we got him.

Jenni just had to put the Bob the Builder hardhat on. She couldn’t resist.

She is so goofy. Probably the funniest part of the evening was when Jenni proclaimed herself as being half-Mormon. I was like, “How are you half-Mormon? That’s not even possible.”

Jenni explained that she’s half-Mormon because she only goes to church every other Sunday. Everyone busted up laughing. Sometimes Jenni is so funny that she makes my head hurt.

We didn’t get to do karaoke (Brian got lucky), but I still had a lot of fun. I hope everyone else did, too.

NOTE: For more of our pictures from Christmas Eve, click here.

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    Apple Holder  on December 27, 2009

    Ate Ching, we had a lot of fun.. Until now, I still can’t get over it.. Andrew and Jeremy liked the CatchPhrase too! That was a fun game.. Sorry if we didn’t do the karaoke before we left.. Hope we can all get together again sometimes.. 🙂

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