The Christmas holiday has always been a family affair, but this year it was a bigger one than ever. John’s daughter, Marie-Noelle, and her boyfriend, Cesar, came all the way from Switzerland to join us.
Marie-Noelle’s mother, Rosie, is Swiss, and Marie-Noelle, who has duel citizenship, has lived mainly in Switzerland for years. Cesar is Portuguese but moved toSwitzerland 10 years ago.
Liz and Marie-Noelle look like sisters and people say they both look like me. (Marie-Noelle is really a female version of her dad. They look so much alike it makes people laugh sometimes.) And, as John puts it, I’m the “missing link” between Elizabeth and the other two girls because people often assume my daughter-in-law is my daughter and tell me how much she looks like me.
“See!” Marie-Noelle said the other night as we talked about the odds of us all favoring each other. “Our families were meant to come together.”
Nice. And now we have Cesar to add to the mix. The dogs adored him instantly and the babies took to him, too – can’t get better references than that, in my book.
This morning we dropped our Eurokids at the airport so things will be getting back to normal – and I promise I’ll be LollyDiarying more regularly. But for today, please indulge me in a holiday family affair photo essay.