We are settled in after traveling to Springfield, MO where I grew up and where most of my family still lives. We had our first get-together at my sister Karen's last evening for a gift exchange with another sister that won't be able to be with us on Christmas Day. We are going to have a get-together at my brother Jimmy's this evening and then all of us will be together again tomorrow at Karen's again for Christmas tomorrow. There are seven of us and our spouses and my Mom. Dad is still alive, but I don't know if he will be joining us or not. Eight grandchildren. The oldest grandchild, Chris, is 25 and he just got married to Sonja at Thanksgiving. They have two basset hound babies.