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Sham/Ruiz Family Mug Shots

Here are the pictures that Dada alluded too on one of the posts. Everybody took some pics except Perry. I also had to omit the one Eric took because it wasn't family friendly. I also left out the ones from the Sham parents, if there is a interest in seeing those posted, I will post them too.

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Thanksgiving 2006

The Thanksgiving menu this year consisted of:

  • turkey
  • 40 cloves cornish game hen
  • Peking style cornish game hen
  • sugar snap peas with bacon
  • Italian sausage stuffing
  • appetizers of cheese and crackers and Tostitos and salsa
  • glazed carrots
  • potato balls
  • roasted yams
  • pumpkin pie (store bought)
  • two bite brownies (also store bought)

Steve got the honor of cooking the main courses this year. He made the turkey and both cornish game hens. All were very delicious. I've never had a more juicy turkey. Dada said maybe next year we should make cornish game hens, two people for each cornish game hen. Could be interesting...

As usual, dinner at the Shams is always fun-filled. There are pictures of Perry hiding from when he was playing hide and seek with the kids. He draped Eric's coat over most of his body and blended in with the treadmill. Kaylee was given hints to look in the general direction of the treadmill and looked all around and even stood right in front of Perry but never noticed him. It was hilarious. Ben gave Jayden a cool hair style that we all loved. Jayden got hot and took off his shirt and unfortunately for me, I can fit a 7 year old's shirt. There were also games that involved Perry sitting in a chair while Kaylee spun him and Kaylee and Jayden both were on Henry's back while he spun them. I think Henry got more dizzy than the kids.

Dinner went back very quickly and I don't even think we finished half the food. Our eyes are always bigger than our stomachs. Dessert for the kids were the two bite brownies topped with whipped cream. The adults had pumpkin pie, topped with whipped cream too.

After dinner we played a round of Texas Hold 'Em. I am happy to say "the Beast" won. It was me versus Perry at the end. After that we got into a discussion about a You Tube video ( that Steve had sent around. Steve tried to emulate the video, but we didn't have the right cups and it doesn't seem to be that easy to copy. That was followed by more sitting around, just talking and laughing and flying paper planes (courtesy of Steve). And a Sham family night would not be complete without the Sham brothers and their brotherly love. It was topped off my an arm wrestling match, unfortunately for Henry, Perry won.

I wonder what Christmas will have in store for us this year.


American Museum of Natural History

The kids (Jayden and Kaylee) are up this weekend and we originally planned on going to the Liberty Science Center, but it is being renovated and they are open in another location, but I don't think every exhibit was open Henry and I went with the kids and Eric to the American Museum of Natural History. We caught three shows, Cosmic Collisions, Ride Around the World and the Butterfly Conservatory.

Cosmic Collisions is played in the Hayden Planetarium and narrated by Robert Redford. It's a space show that Jayden and Kaylee had seen once before but Jayden loved it so much, he wanted to see it again. After watching it, it made me worry about an asteroid coming to earth, but we supposedly have a plan in case that happens. The Hayden Planetarium is pretty cool, Eric wants it in his living room.

Ride Around the World is shown in the IMAX theater. It's about cowboys all around the world. Kaylee fell asleep and Jayden was very fidgety during the show. Other kids were fidgety too, the girl in front of me kept on standing up. I would not recommend it for kids.

The Butterfly Conservatory was not a show, but something that is like a greenhouse that is very warm with plants everywhere and butterflies flying around. One landed on my head and a guy had passed over a butterfly that was on his hand over to Kaylee's hand. We got lots of pictures of it.

We looked at the mammals exhibit as well as the dinosaurs. But there was so much that we missed. You really need a couple of days to go through the whole museum. And some parts of the museum was very warm while other parts were a little breezy, so bring a jacket.

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Nora’s Wedding

++Edit: I took the photos out.++

Yesterday was a perfect day for a wedding. It was warm, with no visible clouds, and a slight breeze. The drive wasnt bad at all. It took about an hour, including a stop to get gas and breakfast. (It was Steve's idea! He complained he was hungry!) Alan & Nora used the same judge that presided over Oda & HG's wedding. It was a quick ceremony. Steve & I got there about 10 mins prior to the ceremony starting. But we werent the latest ones. Technically, we werent late. The invite said 11:30am. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Cocktail hour was an event NOT to be missed. There was a station for sushi. Rows upon rows of rolls. One could swim in it if one wanted to. It wasnt the generic chinese buffet rolls either. I didnt make a stop (I didnt have to- a platter was left at my table courtesy of HG- he had to take family photos), so I dont know exactly what was there. Then there was a station for chilled seafood, which consisted of whole lobsters cut in halves and shrimp cocktail. Steve went to one of the hot cooked food stations and got himself lamb chops and steak. There was another station of cooked food, but I dont remember what it was. I now regret not eating much at that time. That car ride, although it wasnt bad at all, got me a little sick. We were then ushered into the dining area and waited, with some games and dancing in between, for our entrees. Man, them old people know how to cut up a rug. Lots of music for the waltz and some other old music that these folks knew how to dance to. And not just a little two-step. It was real deal, show dancing. They were my entertainment before the entree. Dessert was excellent, too. Chocolate fondue, ice cream & apple pie, some type of cake, cheesecakes, tarts, and fruits. All in all, it was several hours of yummy deliciousness!

Oda made me get up to catch the bouquet, and I tried to hide. Many a'times. When I saw her coming, I'd run the other way and hide behind someone. Of course, she saw me, and pointed. So I ended up standing at the back of the single females, and hoping that Nora couldnt throw far. It was a good throw, but the stupid chandelier was in the way, and it hit off of that. A little girl picked up the flowers, but was forced to give it one of the bridesmaids. Steve didnt even bother going to catch the garter. By the way, I'm glad only the older folks danced. I'd be ashamed to watch these younger kids embarrass themselves on the dance floor. I dont think many of them knew how to dance.....including, sad to say, the groom and his brother...

Nora's dresses were amazing. My favorite was her wedding dress, of course. Although the red one was real nice too. I thought the pink one was pretty, but not as nice as the others. Oda had a very nice dress too. Very provocative. I dont think I have a picture of her back, but if I find one, I'll post it up. Let's just say, if I didnt have an imagination, I didnt need one! Haha. Okay, it wasnt bad. A fat chick wouldnt have been able to pull that off, I tell ya'! The men looked regular. Steve, of course, looked the best with his peach-colored shirt. He didnt take his jacket off so you couldnt see that it was short-sleeved. I was able to sneak a photo in, though. :-)

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i'm not sure if these have been posted. these were from either weeks ago or months ago.

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