We had a quiet Christmas with all of the kids and grandkids occupied elsewhere. Chatted with everyone on the phone and had a relaxing day at home, just the two of us. The day after Christmas, we met Susan halfway and brought Aidan and Ally back to Dallas with us for the rest of the week. They are always easy and lots of fun!
Our week was full. We decided to go to The Galleria and try ice skating one day but that was a bust. When we arrived, the zamboni was out on the ice and a hundred people were standing around on their skates waiting to get back on the rink. A look around revealed that there were probably another hundred people in line waiting to pay and get their skates. We watched for awhile and eventually those who were already skating got back out on the ice. It was packed. Rich and Aidan immediately decided they were not going to get into that herd of skaters. Ally was still interested so she and I got in the long line while the guys went to wander the mall. We waited 15-20 minutes while barely moving forward and Ally finally said she changed her mind and didn’t want to skate after all. I felt bad for her but it was probably a good decision considering the crowd. I called Rich and he didn’t answer, texted him and didn’t hear back. We had no idea where they’d gone so we went up one level to Starbucks. While I was waiting for my tea, Ally spied them looking down on the skating rink trying to find us. 🙂 I told her to run out there and tell them where we were while I continued to wait. Then she saw the Build a Bear Workshop next door to Starbucks and wanted to look around–she had never seen the store before. She had some Christmas money with her and was very enthusiastic about getting a stuffed animal so we did the whole process and she had a ball. She was so excited to get a cute little reindeer with a “beating heart” and a winter cape. We met back up with the guys, did a little more shopping, and braved the traffic back home.
We watched the original “Jumanji” on TV one night and then went to see the new version at the theater the next day. It was more entertaining and funny than I expected it to be and we all enjoyed it. We stopped by to see their great-great Aunt Frankye and had a nice visit. We went out to dinner one night, played a lot of games at home, did some English and math on Kahn Academy, read stories, and chatted about life.
Friday their cousins were finally home from their trip to Colorado so they were all excited to get together. Bonus–Sarah and Miles had stopped in Amarillo on the way home and brought Emery with them. The three girls are the best of friends (most of the time) and really, all eight grands get along great. Aidan is getting a little too old to play with the young ones but he is still awfully sweet to them and tolerates a lot of their attention since they all adore him. We went over to Sarah’s around lunch time and they immediately began playing. Aidan and I left to run some errands and then came back to our house where Rich was working on dinner. Susan and Corey arrived early evening, then Sarah and Miles and kids came over to join the rest of us for dinner. I was thrilled to have so many of them here at the same time, wishing Bonnie and David were present too. Many funny stories were told during dinner and then we played a game called Song Pop Party, which was pretty cutthroat as we are all quite proud of our musical knowledge! Such a good night with the kids and grandkids!
Today Frankye came by the house to see Susan and Corey, then we went to Sarah and Miles’ house for brunch, more chatting and more Song Pop Party! Later in the afternoon Susan and Corey and kids loaded up and set out for home. Sure will miss them!
That was Phase One of Late Christmas. We have tomorrow free, then Bonnie, David and kids will arrive for New Year’s. I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas have had a lovely season, and that everyone has a fabulous 2018. Here’s to more peace, love, and understanding.