Alex's side of the family is pretty large and a lot of them live nearby. So whenever we all get together it's a lot of fun. It ends up feeling like the holidays all over again. Last night was my mother-in-law's birthday, so the pack went out for dinner. It was funny how Alex and I, along with her brother (far left) and uncle (shown with his two daughters, one hiding under her hooded parka), all felt like we got to sit at the kids end of the table. Unfortunately, crayons were not provided.
Oh, and these napkin sketches are by my father-in-law. He's a lot braver than I am; he went right in with a pen, while I penciled mine first and inked it back home.
DuttonArt on Flickr
In other news, for those of you reading my updates on a feed reader such as Google Reader (which, by the way, is a life saver on time management if you read any number of blogs like I do) you may not notice a new sidebar link, featuring my new Flickr account. So far, I've uploaded all of my Sketchjournal images from this year, but I will also be adding a lot of other stuff: my Europe sketches, the previous sketchjournal, and photos from trips and events.
Feel free to add me as a contact if you have an account. For everyone else, I hope you'll take a look. The slideshow feature is great, especially if you want to skip past all my mumbling!