Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Very Merry Christmas Indeed

Just returned to Seattle. Been up now for 22 hours now, and cannot sleep. It's been a great week, and a Merry Christmas. Wednesday we flew to Florida and spent seven nights down there at the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World. Leave it to us to choose the one Pacific Northwest themed resort. We did not want to stray too far from home, thematically speaking.

My family convened in Columbia, SC, and I spoke to them briefly by cell phone. I miss my sis and brother in law, the folks, Nan, my grandmother, and my uncles, aunts and cousins, and wish I could have been with them. They throw a great Christmas Day dinner, and always have. Aunt Cindy's dressing, Nan's lemon pie, and Auntie Joice's tasty Christmas treats are better than any we got in Disney World.
Mimi and my brother-in-law and his new wife were together in Denver, where they had some Christmas snow! My mother-in-law is a stellar hostess, and her Christmas gatherings are a joy. The Crabbs wre missed as well, and I look forward to touching base with all of them this week to find out how things were in the mile-high city.

Funny thing, even though today is the 27th, because we were on vacation we have opened no Christmas presents. They are still under the tree. We may do so on New Year's.

Santa Claus, however, was not deterred by our Florida adventure. He managed to visit our hotel, leaving my daughter gifts which included the three things she asked for -- a Webkinz monkey, a Barbie video game and a digital camera. He left a few other things as well, including a matching raincoat and umbrella, with rain boots to boot.

Problem was, apparently he came in through the balcony and left the door open. It was freezing in the room when we awoke at 7am.

My daughter had the idea to bring a tiny tree with us, so we would have a Christmas Tree while on vacation. We bought some Mickey Mouse ornaments and decorated the tree, and as luck would have it, Cinderella gave my daughter a "Wishing Star" while at lunch at the castle at the Magic Kingdom which we used to top off the tree. Perfect!

We had a nice time, and fortunately for us, Christmas will continue throughout the next week.


Auntie Joyce said...

We greatly missed having you three join us at the dinner table. We had a beautiful lay out of all kinds of delicious foods. Your mom's turkey and dressing was so moist and tasty, Uncle Ron's ham was outstanding. Cousin Heather took over the reins on making the potato salad and got Nans seal of approval. Auntie Joice made the mac and cheese, (using Paula Deens recipe) so you know it was delicious. Kristi strutted her cooking ablities as well, making a wonderfull brocoli salad. Auntie Joice only made a cheese cake and some tater candy this year. Working kept her out of the kitchen. All in all it was one of the finest dinner we have had. But we were missing Nan's goodies. Her pie's and grandma chew's were always to die for, but sadly this year she wasn't able to fix them for us. Kristie took pictures and should be passing them along to us very soon. We missed you all and we love love you all. Happy New Year. Love Auntie Joice

Rick said...

"Clark, it's the gift that just keeps on giving" - merry post-Christmas, y'all.

George said...

Welcome home and Merry Christmas week. I'm glad you all had fun at WDW. Post some pics for us.

Chuck said...

Ok...since all of our kids have Webkins, we gotta get them hooked up as friends in the webkinz club house.

Spy Hunters II: The Next Generation.

George said...

That's a good idea. I didn't know there was such a thing. As it is, I'm usually waiting in line for my kids to get off the Webkinz site on our computer so I can blog with you guys. You've figured out how I can do both.