Panel 1: Jeesh, for a second there, I thought it was April looking on as Merrie falls backwards in ecstasy! (It's Robin, of course.) But has Merrie been hitting the cognac or something? And she sure has her mother's lips.
Panel 3: And once again, Mike shows up when it's time to do something with his kids that is also fun for him.
Panel 4: More foreshadowing about the Pattersons Redux buying the ol' homestead, I take it.
Panel 6: Wow, I never knew Elly got off on watching John act like a kid! And Mike looks like he has explosion waves coming out of his head. (Yes, I know it's a tree with no leaves.)
Panel 8: Okay, first of all, again for a second, I thought John was coming on to Mike! But what is he doing? Is this an attempt to get Elly's attention? Or does the shovel in his hand indicate that he's about to remove all the snow, so she won't get any ideas? I mean, I assume that that spark was permanently extinguished when she refused to wear the engineer uniform in bed...