Today we took our little extended family off to the local portrait studio for some pics. Since Chris and Alyssa pretty much eloped, there were no formal photos taken of them in wedding attire. I wanted to try and do the next best thing, which was to get them in a professional photo together. I think the playful pose was perfect for them! I love our big group photo (that is a LOT of boys!). We're quite a good looking bunch!
We spent the afternoon at Shoreline Village in Long Beach seeing Every Christmas Story Ever Told at the All American Melodrama, owned by our friend Ken. Mike got to go on stage and appear in a cameo of Cindy Lou Who.
Benjamin stole the show twice when he shouted out "Santa lives at the North Pole" when two actors were debating whether the big guy exists, and then later during a reenactment of It's A Wonderful Life he yelled out "He's NAKED" as they portrayed the scene when the girl's bathrobe comes off in the bush (the actor was fully dressed). The performers doubled over laughing and it took awhile for everyone in the room to get themselves under control so the show could continue. That's melodrama for you! We capped off the evening with a delicious BBQ dinner. Chris and Alyssa leave to go back to South Carolina on Tuesday, so we are trying to cram in as much memory making as we can!