Thursday, November 22, 2007

More Thanksgiving.

Ryan and Daddy playing soccer.

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Linda

Saturday night after dinner all 17 of us packed up and headed to Bryson City to ride on the Polar Express. The train left that station at 8pm. The Great Smoky Mountain railroad was all decked out for the occasion. The train was headed to the North Pole. We had hot chocolate and chocolate covered marshmallow Santa's. Once we arrived at the North Pole Santa and one of his elves got on the train and gave a bell to all the kiddos. Then he came back through to autograph copies of the Polar Express. On the return trip they handed out song sheets and we all sang Christmas Carols.

The twelve days Christmas found all the kids in the aisle dancing. Here we are at "5 Golden rings".

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A great time was had by everyone. We made sure to get family pictures Sunday morning as everyone was departing.

This a panoramic view off the balcony.

The fall foliage was beautiful.

Thanksgiving at the cabin.

Thanksgiving this year found the entire Riek family including the Marroquin's at the cabin in North Carolina.

Hi Mommy!!!

Edna is Lorena's niece and Pat is Lorena's godson. Both from Mexico, they are staying with Javier and Lorena for a year so they can go to school in the US.

Hey Edna check out this movie.

Two innocent young men waiting for breakfast.

Connect four.

Rebeca playing Battleship with Christopher.

The two bikes were a big hit with all the kids. Here's Nathan chasing Ryan.

Christopher and Sean watching TV.

Apparently Sean looked like a comfortable place to sit.

Speaking of comfortable's Andrea relaxing.

Edna, Pat and Rebeca playing Monopoly.

Finally caught Javier and Lorena together.

Saturday was Linda's birthday. Notice how gracefull she kept Jason from spitting on the cake.

Pat and Ryan playing soccer.