DECEMBER, 2009

After Thanksgiving, Kathy and I traveled to Firenze
where we stayed until just before Christmas.
One of the highlights was a Chrsitmas dinner at
our church, St. James. It was actually held inside
the church--the pews had all been moved out
and tables set up. A few pictures:







We had entertainment:



Riccardo who was organist when I was choir director at St.
James in 1991 (and still is) was there, playing the church's new
organ:



Timothy and Diane Chaplin, our dear friends in Firenze were
also there. (Timothy is on the vestry of St. James. He was also
a mainstay of the tenor section of my choir.)





Kathy still beautiful at 69:



Here are our landlords in Firenze, the Ceccherinis:



On Dec. 23 we flew to Raleigh to spend Christmas at the
Clements. Kathy next to the Christmas tree:



Another view of the tree:



Some pictures of the kids with their presents. First Zach:





Nick:



Tim with Zach, dressed for church Christmas Eve:



Tim with Nick, and below with both boys:





Christmas morning we got up to open presents when it was
still dark:



The aftermath:



Kathy and Buddy love each other:



Here I am, dressed for dinner:



The dinner table:





The Clememts gathered on the front porch for their Holiday card portrait:





Zach and Nick waiting to leave for church: