Family and the holidays....... A joyful time indeed

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The Cleavers The holidays.... I just love them. Especially being around my family. For many that know, I am not married nor do I have any kids. But I have 3 nieces and 3 nephews. All with a unique story and each with a different personality.

My sister, about 12 years ago, was diagnosed with cancer and was told that she couldn't have kids. After trying every possible method, they ended up adopting. They decided to adopt a boy and girl, who are now 9 years old. After they came back from Kazakhstan, where they adopted, she found out that she was actually pregnant. Then they felt bad 6 months later for my oldest niece, because there were now two boys, so they adopted another girl, who is now almost 5. Well, we thought all was quiet on the home front, until I got a call last November. "Hey, guess what, your sister is pregnant,.... & with twins...".


(top to bottom - left to right - Andrew 7 - Johnny 9 - Alisha 4.5 -

Joey 8 months, youngest - Ava 8 months, oldest - Katerina 9 )



Andrew & Alisha with Santa




Now, even though I only live about 25 minutes from parents and about 30 minutes from my sister & brother-in-law, every Christmas I go over and spend about 3 to 4 days. I'll stay at my parents for those days, but we'll always have Christmas dinner at my sister's house. And for the last 7 years or so, we have a friend that dresses up as Santa and visits us and another family or two, dropping off gifts. 

The kids can't believe that Santa comes by twice, in one day.  Well, 2 of them are getting old enough to where they have a clue now and have been asking questions. But here are the two middle aged kids, Andrew and Alisha.





Andrew as a cop 





 Andrew....  it's great watching kids grow up, wanting to be something, especially around Halloween. And reminiscing what we as kids wanted to be when we grew up. Well, now my nephew wants to be a police officer. And just to see his face glow when Santa brought him the outfit and his parents bought him the accessories. He and I actually played a little with my cell phone and his walkie talkie. He enjoyed it....



















Now, unfortunately, this was a bad shot of Ava, because of the red eye in the picture. And I couldn't get rid of it. Oh well... but she is a cutie... and such a joy to be around.


Johnny and Santa 







 Here is Johnny, sitting on Santa's lap. Not sure why he is pouting.... lol  He is always smiling, even when upset. It doesn't last long.










Here are 2 pictures of Joey. On the right, he was sick for a few days. Not himself. But when I went back over on Saturday, he was his joyful self. He is trying to crawl and might be a month away...





kids around the tree






 The morning of Christmas....   Katerina, Andrew, and Johnny....


Kids just enjoying Christmas....  the joy of giving, watching them just enjoy themselves. But most of all, being surrounded by family !!!



 Happy Holidays....


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Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Great pics.  Happy Holidays amigo.  Try and behave yourself on New Years:)

Dec 30, 2008 12:56 AM #7
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production're lving the dream.  You get to spoil the kids and return them all jacked to the parents.  Great story on your sis.  I was the oldest, but last to get married.  I spoiled them rotten and left.  My brother hated it.  He really hated it when I bought my godchild a set of drums for Christmas and left.  Too much fun.

Dec 30, 2008 01:03 AM #8
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
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AUDREY.... .  do you want kids?  Sorry if that is personal....  but after meeting you, you would be great with kids...  but yes, it's great to be around them.  And yes, she did make several more lives very plentiful and enjoyable. Thanks..

RUSSELL..... .  I take it that you are a Cowboys fan.... and not a Texans fan?  And yes, you need to be a good sport, especially after what happened to Dallas.  It will be nice to have something to look forward to on Sunday....  thanks...

JASON.... .  thanks dude.... and you behave also. As of now, no big plans. I am actually tired from the last 10 days and the x-mas break was not long enough... I actually worked a full day on Friday.. lol  Happy New Year..

LARRY.... .  well, I treat them good... and have spoiled them occassionally with candy... but no drum sets as of yet. My brother-in-law already did that... lol  But yes, it is fun and a good time... thanks


Dec 30, 2008 01:23 AM #9
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I love when you share your family ...the children are a joy aren't they?

Dec 30, 2008 01:42 AM #10
Marlene Pellegrini
Norwich, CT

Aren't you a sweet uncle!  Happy New Year  to you and your beautiful family... Thanks for letting rant yesterday on Facebook.  I need to send you a cocktail!

Dec 30, 2008 01:50 AM #11
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Those are cute kids!!  They look very sweet, I am sure they love their Uncle Jeff very much.  Glad you guys got some good time together.  KM

Dec 30, 2008 02:39 AM #12
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


You're a nice guy. Thanks for sharing. You've got a nice family, too.

Happy New Year!

Bill & Brenda

Dec 30, 2008 02:41 AM #13
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Jeff, Wonderful pictures and thanks for sharing your Christmas story!  You must be a great uncle!! Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2008 02:51 AM #14
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate

Jeff, you have a beautiful family!  Happy New Year!!!

Dec 30, 2008 08:25 AM #15
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

What an awesome family you have and those kids are all adorable.

Happy New Year Jeff!!!

Dec 30, 2008 11:01 AM #16
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Jeff,
Time with family--to me, that is what the holidays are all about.  Looks like everyone had a great time. 

Dec 30, 2008 11:03 AM #17
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jeff, What a wonderful family you have--it is SO much fun to be around Children at Christmas...or any time and they are all gorgeous!  I wish you a wonderful 2009 filled with many, many blessings.

Dec 30, 2008 01:29 PM #18
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, that a cute looking bunch!  Isn't it great when you genuinely like your family?

Dec 30, 2008 03:27 PM #19
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


Hey everyone… I just wanted to thank everyone for the kind words and comments. I truly appreciate them… I am just very tired, it was a very long day.


Wishing everyone a Safe & Happy New Year !!!!!!


jeff belonger



Dec 30, 2008 04:13 PM #20
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

I can't get enough of little ones :-)  Jeff, you have a gorgeous family!  I agree - watching them grow and change is one part of lifes pleasures.  An important part!   Happy New Year to you Jeff.

Dec 30, 2008 10:06 PM #21
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Jeff--Love this post! What do you mean you have no kids...You certainly look like you love this bunch as much as if they were yours...better as you can spoil them and let your sister deal with the outcome. ;)  You are a very proud uncle but it looks like your sister & brother-in-law sure have their hands full with those beautiful kids! (I had no idea they were all in one family when you said you had 6 nieces and nephews!)

Jan 01, 2009 08:46 AM #22
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Jeff, I enjoyed the photos of your holiday and your family.  And Teri is right about your sister - Boy, she does have her hands full.  Good she has family nearby to help.  Single, huh - have you seen a photo of my daughter?  Kidding, of course, she's in Texas and you're in PA.

Jan 01, 2009 11:32 PM #23
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Jeff - thanks for sharing your family. It is definitely what the holidays are being with family. Happy New Year to you and your family!

Jan 04, 2009 01:10 AM #24
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


I just wanted to thank everyone else for their thoughtful and polite comments...  thanks

Happy New Year... Be safe


Jan 06, 2009 04:03 PM #25
Jason & Amber Gardner
Hasson Company, Realtors - Sherwood, OR
We're Committed to Your Success!

What fun holiday photos.  They all look like they're having all the fun in the world.  Joey is a doll.

Jan 08, 2009 01:10 PM #26
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