Christmas time this year started with a trip to see Santa and ended with two kids playing with way too many toys. I had to work both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so Sandy had to keep the kids busy by herself and did a wonderful job. On Christmas Eve, they made gingerbread people and a gingerbread house, and got treats ready for Santa and the reindeer. Christmas morning was spent opening gifts and getting ready for work. Dan got a Wii game he wanted. Liz got an Inkoo doll to draw on. Sandy got a purse, iPhone case and some crafting supplies. And I got a whole bunch of games and a kid-drawn control tower shirt. Even Beau got some gifts to open. The rest of the day was spent playing with new toys and rolling sushi. We had a pot luck at the control tower with turkey, ham and way too much food. We hope everyone has as great a Christmas as we did.
Daniel and Elizabeth both got school awards, Liz for being a good author and illustrator, and Dan for academic achievement. Both got the awards in a ceremony that Sandy went to but I couldn’t because of work. The ceremony surprised us since it came so soon after we got back from Hawaii. We are so proud of both of them.
So a relaxing Thanksgiving week in Hawaii was immediately followed by four straight days of picking up leaves. Before we started raking them they covered our whole back yard. In the front yard, it was so windy while we were gone, the leaves were in a big pile several feet deep up against our neighbor’s driveway. We blew the back yard leaves into a fun pile that Beau, Dan, and Liz loved running through and jumping into. Eventually we used our mulching vacuum blowing machine thingy to get them into more that 20 big green trash bags. Since only two or three bags fit in our green waste can, it will take us months to dispose of all of them.
Of course, we had to go to the beach on our last day in Hawaii. And as we were getting done swimming and playing in the waves we saw a fish jump out of the water just a little off shore which I guess made us hungry. So we piled into the car and headed over to Nicco’s fish market (recommended by Miles) and had some really yummy lunch. Dan skipped the fish and went for a burger and that was good too. While walking around the fishing piers near the restaurant, we were shocked to see a ray swim by that was nearly as big as a fishing boat. Then, on our way back to the house to pack, we stopped near Aloha Tower and watched some of the tropical fish that usually hang out there. We spent the night saying goodbye to Jordan and Miles and the next morning saying goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa. We got to the airport early and ate lunch and explored some nice gardens that we always knew were there, but had never visited before. Then it was home to the chilly Bay Area where we had to rush the kids to bed to get ready for school the next day.