December 26, 2009
Christmas Day is a mixture of modes. Phase one is sitting around in pajamas for a really long time watching movies and eating Christmas baking. Most of our gifts from friends had been opened during earlier exchanges so there's no mother load of treats until we go over to my mom & dad's. The bungalow is very chill.
Dexter bounced around in his jumper with his sock puppet. Luckily the thing has these skinny legs that are perfect for Dexter to grasp while he tries to fit the rest of it into his mouth. Judging from the other gifts he got, swirly ribbon seems to be a big hit. Perfect baby toy.
Phase two is over at my parents' place. There are lots of people. My Dad bustles in the kitchen that keeps emitting clangs and thunks while he orders people around. I don't know what it is but when I'm speaking Chinese the volume of my voice also seems to increase by several degrees. Multiply this by the other Chinese speaking members of my family. It's a very festive time indeed!
Here's Don and Dexter are showing off for everybody. The baby loves being upside down. Don is tall. So they have this walking on the ceiling thing they do. It was a big hit that generated gasps of horror and squeals of delight.
Dougal is a faithful little dog.
This is Toby, my parents' cat. Like with us kids, mom and dad claim not to have favourites, but it is very clear there ARE preferences. This cat is my dad's favourite by far. While we were doing family photos Dexter knocked this ornament off the tree. Having a thing for humiliating family pets, I quickly put it on Toby's head.
Merry Christmas from the Chivesons (Chan + Iveson)!