Holiday Doings - Livin' the Good Life
Jan. 2nd, 2010
06:12 pm - Holiday Doings
There was so much going on over the holidays, I'm sure I don't know everything that happened! I DO know that Ben made us a delicious Italian meal on Christmas Eve. We watched a number of movies and documentaries over the two week period. Each of us made our annual plasticine tree ornaments that signified something we had done the last year. With no little kids in the family, presents didn't get opened until noon or later. That gave me plenty of time to leisurely make breakfast and putter around in the morning. One of the presents, given by Ely, was a new trampoline net to replace the old, broken one. We all went out and installed the net followed by a jumping party. Food preparation and clean up were ongoing activities. I had plenty of help. (And I needed it!) It was great to sample everyone's cooking! Grandpa Bob, age 91 this month, was in the middle of everything, thoroughly enjoying being an enthusiastic observer. (Although he did participate in Wii Bowling and beat everyone!! He also joined in a yoga class that Gabe taught.) There was lots of music being played. Recording sessions happened every chance the boys could steal away to the music room for an hour or two. Nathen had several visits from old friends. There were hikes, and there was one rock climbing session with ropes and everything. Nathen led a quick waltzing class before everyone came up to Pappy and Harriet's to hear Shadow Mountain Band play. We performed a few waltzes so everyone could practise on the dance floor. It was so fun to watch Nathen and his girlfriend and Ely and Christina dance!!! All eyes were on them as they swung their merry ways around the dance floor. When they waltzed, lots of others got up and joined them. The floor was really crowded! Christmas dinner was homemade pizza. Maya was in charge, and everyone participated. The pizzas were spectacular! After dinner we were each given (by Nathen) a card with two questions on it and we went around the circle answering one, or both, of the questions about ourselves. That took a long time, and it was one of my favorite things we did. There was a lot of Rubix Cube solving and teaching going on throughout the holiday. Damian and Ely and Christina spent a whole evening working on a classical tune with upright bass and piano (Christina playing right hand, Ely playing left.) I could have listened forever. It was so beautiful! My hands-down favorite evening, though, was Lester Family Entertainment Night! It was rich and varied and oh...so entertaining! A large group showed up, so we went for several hours, but the time just flew by. I loved it when our friends' children got up and entertained us! I look forward to the day when it will be OUR grandchildren up there entertaining us!