Category Family

Christmas Eve

First Christmas Eve in London.  Same trio as in recent years but without the familiar setting and trappings of home.  We didn’t try to reinvent our traditions (raclette!).  Instead we did what made sense in London:  take-away Indian food! After dinner we sat around the table talking far longer than it made sense to sit […]

Christmas Eve Day

  What a fun day!  Justin and I started the day with an early brunch** at The Elk in the Woods, which is just a few doors down from my flat.  (**Justin claims that anything before 10am doesn’t qualify as brunch and must be called breakfast; I’m just going to call it early brunch.)  The […]

Family portrait

When you’re all together only every few years, you best take a picture while you’re at it.

Alice in Wonderland

Thanksgiving

Eighteen people representing four generations, four states and two countries, all under one roof! The culinary winners? Justin’s yams and Lady’s apple pie. Love these people!

Uncling in Meridian

Thanksgiving week in Idaho! Justin went to work, and I got to play with the nieces and nephew and grandlady. My favorite lines of the day: “Uncle Jason, where’s all your hair going?” “Is the Queen nice? Does she wear yoga pants?” “Grandlady, you’re not old, you’re just wise!”

Venice!

Fifteen years since I first came to Venice. I’m no longer a college student (too poor to do more than read Great Expectations on the piazza while other people ate dinner), but the city is still just as magical. 

Towers, churches, and polenta dolce in Bergamo’s Citta Alta

I’m in Italy this weekend with my twin sister, Heather, and her husband and in-laws. The in-laws are living in Milan as mission presidents, but they took a break from presidential duties to show us around. We started out this morning with a stop in Bergamo, where we spent an hour or so exploring the […]

Horses and creeks and rocks and sticks and cousins!

This is the stuff Huntsville memories are made of.

Grandpa Davis

One week ago today Jack J Davis, my grandfather and namesake — the original JJD — passed away.  He was 93. His obituary, which I have copied below, highlights much of what he will be remembered for:  His military service, his remarkable medical career, his even more remarkable dedication to caring for my grandmother during […]

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