Sunday, December 26, 2010

Home Again - December 26, 2010

Home Again - December 26, 2010

I drove up to West Sacramento, California on Christmas Eve with my oldest son,
Shawn Smith, and my youngest, Jeremy Vukasinovic.  Our destination was the home
of my middle son, Alex Vukasinovic, and his wife, Laura, and my two granddogs. I spent
a good part of  the day before preparing our Christmas Eve dinner since Laura, who is a
paramedic, was scheduled to work until 8PM and I didn't want her to worry with cooking
after putting in a twelve hour shift taking care of patients.  Alex works a rather bizarre
4AM to noon shift at his job. 

Armed with an assortment of appetizers, two crab quiches, two Caribbean pies
for dessert and several bottles of wine, we were greeted warmly by all. To make the
gathering merrier, Shawn's friend, Dawn, and her daughter, Kirsten, joined us for dinner.

We had a lovely evening, with a lot of laughter, enhanced by three dogs, two of them my
granddogs and Gus, who has been Laura's since she was thirteen.  He lives with her
mom and, sadly, now has cancer.  He still is a sweet and loving pooch, though, and does
not yet seem to be in any great discomfort.

My middle ( and only married) son, Alex

Alex's lovely wife, Laura

Jeremy, Shawn, Alex and my granddog, Bucky

The stockings I made for Laura and Alex last year
( I still haven't put their names on them )

Taffy says she loves her grandma even if she is
always taking pictures!

Gus and Bucky are waiting to play fetch and
Taffy is eyeing the couch

I'd rather sit comfy than chase a tennis ball!

Now, this REALLY feels good!
Okay, Shawn, throw another one!

Kirsten, Dawn, and Shawn

Goodness, Alex and Jeremy are TALL!

Mama Carmen and her three sons

The table looks nice

Taffy is getting a scratch from Uncle Jeremy

Enough pictures, Paparrazi Mama!


What's so funny, Shawn?

Doggies have to wait in the living room while humans eat!

They are taking forever, Taffy.

I don't like this one bit.

How can you resist these sad eyes?  Eat faster!

Good grief!

I can't even look at them anymore, Taffy!

This is a doggie crying!

What about this face?  I'm lonely.

Yeah!  Daddy is telling us we are wonderful!

Good wine, good company!

Kirsten with Gus and Taffy

I can see why the doggies like this!

Tomorrow, I'll post our pictures taken at the Calhoun Christmas gathering in Antelope,
California.  Laura's mom and stepfather were nice enough to invite us to share their family
feast.  Since, other than myself and the boys, we have no family on the West Coast, it's
been nice to be included in Laura's famiy events since Alex married into this wonderful

I'm posting this on Pet Pride since there are so many pictures of Taffy and Bucky in
this post.  Check out the site and put your animal family photographs there.



  1. Aww yay! From the looks of it, seems like you had a nice holiday with family - of which I'm quite glad :)

  2. Hi Carmen :))
    tuo figlio Alex è veramente bello !!!!
    Wow !
    Grande e bella famiglia ( compresi i cani ) !!
    Buona giornata.

  3. Wow, Carmen, you and your camera were sure busy at Christmas. Lots of people and lots of dogs. Wonderful for you.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. I'm glad to read that your Christmas was filled with family, friends, good food and sweet pets. Happy New Year to you!

  5. Geeta-
    It was a nice Christmas being with my three boys and my daughter-in-law and her family. I can't wait till next Christmas when my new ( and first ) grandchild will be with us!

    Rosadimaggio3 -
    Unfortunately, Alex is the one son who hasn't gotten to travel so much since his days of traveling with me. The youngest, Jeremy, has been to Europe a couple of times as an adult
    ( including Italy ) and Shawn just returned from
    four months in the Air Force with the Air Force Reserves. He also spent two months in Barcelona a couple of years ago studying Spanish.

    Kay L.Davies -
    I can't put my camera down, it seems. The boys are getting tired of so much photography.

    steviewren -
    It was a really delightful Christmas. I know yours was as well and I, too, wish you all the best in the year ahead.

  6. It looks as if you had the same wonderful Christmas as I had with my family in Amsterdam !

  7. How lovely, thanks for sharing your day.

  8. Looks like you had a really fun Christmas, Carmen. Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year!

  9. Hi Carmen, Looks like a grand time-- But with all those wonderful pics, I still have to say-- High Five on the gorgeous stockings you made!
    Wishing you a wonderful and healthy 2011. Cheers, jj

  10. You have the most handsome sons, Carmen! I'm glad to see you had a wonderful Christmas!

  11. What a fun post. Those dogs are really awesome and photogenic. :-)