Friday, December 29, 2006
This morning Eric looked out our back door and noticed that it was white on the mountains, so I decided to round up the kids and take them out of the rain and into the snow. I drove up the Basin road to the Lost Mine trail. We played for a very short time. I couldn't find the kids gloves, we were all wearing substandard shoes, and I kept falling down. So I just let them play until their fingers got cold, then shoved them back into the van. Sam is upset in this picture because somebody else was using Mama's camera. A nice visitor took our picture, so I took their picture in return. A fog bank rolled in as these pictures were being taken, so I didn't get any nice Casa Grande pictures, except the ones I took from the road on the way in. It was thick fog for the drive home.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Awyn has made a friend. One of our guests was present both nights, and Awyn really took a liking to him. She still doesn't like strangers, and really gets picky about going to anyone but me. She makes very few exceptions to this rule. However, she's decided John is really cool, and will even let him pick her up!
We had about 25 guests for Christmas dinner. We hosted the orphan dinner. It was a success, and we're considering hosting it next year too. We'd intended for most of the 'festivities' to take place outside in the back yard, but it was just too cold. I think almost everyone found a place to sit. I cooked a 20 lb turkey and a 9 lb. ham, a couple of pies, and the stuffing. Eric made his favorite cranberry relish, wassail (a hot spiced wine beverage) and did a ton of yard work. Everyone else brought everything else. Our friend Debbie came over early and made the whole thing much easier - she came early and ready to pitch in, exactly when I needed someone to pitch in.