in a perfect world of yancies: Merry Hughes' and Iwanski's!

03 January 2013

Merry Hughes' and Iwanski's!

Can you believe it's already the 10th Day of Xmas? Hope it's a happy one! So, what better time to look back on the 2nd half of our holiday visit to Illinois:
One More Try: Cousins (+Aunt Magen)
Evan, Aunt Magen, Franklin, Braxton, and Amelia.

Franklin had a blast visiting his cousins and Aunt & Uncle in St. Charles! (As did his mom & dad of course.)

Franklin and Braxton
The phone call's for Franklin?

Braxton's pretty silly...
Franklin and Braxton 2

Serious playing to be done with all these cousins!
Playing with Cousins

And of course Franklin enjoyed the chance to have help as he helped (?) with the dishwasher:
Franklin and Evan Helping with the Dishwasher

Franklin and Evan Helping with the Dishwasher 2

Amelia was nice enough to show me the book that she and her brothers got for Christmas:
Reading with Amelia

And Magen & Dave were awesome hosts, and even got Franklin a sky lantern so he could share in the fun and the luck:
New Year's Lantern

Got some good lift, at least for a bit:
New Year's Lantern 2
Ended a little humorously (maybe Magen will share some video?), but between the height this one hit and the owl we saw, I'm pretty sure everyone can count on good luck in 2013 :)

Sleeping in new beds is always an adjustment, but Franklin seems able to get comfy just about anywhere:
Comfy Sleeper

Speaking of comfy, turns out it's tricky to get that many cute kids to sit still for a camera. The picture up top is the best I could do, but here are some good outtakes:
Cousins (+Aunt Magen) Under the Tree

Flew home on New Year's Eve, and it all went pretty smoothly, thanks to Franklin's charming personality:
Ready to Fly Home to Seattle

New Year's Day gave us the chance to try out one of the spice rubs Merrica got us, along with the carving set from Nana & Papa Hughes:
Carving the Chicken 2

Accompanied by roasted potatoes and sautéed spinach splashed with some balsamic from Gpa Ray & Gma Rhonda: Perfect way to ring in the new year.
New Year's Dinner
Cheers, reader! Hope 2013 is off to a great start!


  1. super cute pictures of everyone! I like the New Year's meals pictures with Franklin taking turns looking at you and Emily.

  2. Yeah, at first I was disappointed he didn't look at the camera, but then I realized how cute it was :)