Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Three Days of Christmas
On the afternoon of December 25th, we were very glad to see our plane pull in on time. We were finally on our way. Because our trip was reduced from seven days to three, we had to pack all we could into it. Santa found us a day late, but we just pretended that it was Christmas Day. The stockings were filled to the top. Isaac got right to it with his Legos. After stockings it was time for breakfast. I scrambled the eggs while Isaac and Irene decorated the Christmas bread. After the eating, came the gift giving. Jill surprised Corey with a new flat screen HDTV. Getting up early the day after Thanksgiving paid off with a great bargain. Jill also hit Wal-Mart the day after Halloween for close outs of costumes. The dress up clothes were a hit. In fact, Irene wanted to wear nothing else but her fairy princess/Cinderella dress. We played castle throughout the stay. I am the Fairy Godmother, of course. Isaac fights the dragons. She did say she would wear her new dresses later, when she went back to preschool. Jake and Isaac both enjoyed putting the Legos together. Isaac learned the meaning of the word "complicated". Tom collects pop up books, and of course there were new books to share. Irene especially loves them. We went sledding at the elementary school, on the slope where they actually let kids slide during recess. The school supplies the saucers! After sledding it was time for cocoa and cookies. In fact it was frequently time for cookies! By the way, footed pajamas make a great thermal layer under snow clothes. We arrived back in Seattle at midnight Sunday, tired but happy. Jill and Jake even squeezed in some skiing at Loveland Pass. We made the most of our three days!