We had a wonderful time yesterday and I was so pleased to have all my children with me. My girls are getting so grown up and more beautiful every time I see them. They are both on the A/B honor roll and doing well. Unfortunately they didn't get to spend Christmas morning with us, but they did get to the house around 2pm so I had most of the day with them. They are staying in town with me all week too so that is cool.
I got gear this year of course and can't wait to get out on the trails to try it all out. I told my husband not to buy me the Trangia camp stove I was looking at before I decided to make my own stove, but I guess he wasn't paying attention cause he bought it anyway. Oh well it's a cute little thing and will be very useful on car camping trips and besides, one can never have too many stoves. I think it's more weight than I want to carry for backpacking so will stick with my plan to make a stove for that purpose.
I got Russell a bunch of clothes, a new book light, and a new computer game. Ben got some really cool toys and we all played with them most of the day yesterday. I made us Panang for dinner, which was really part of my Christmas present to the girls since they are both Panang fanatics. It was nice to break away from the traditional Christmas food this year. Although I did make a huge brunch with all the traditional dishes. Jen and Gilbert and their two kids came over and while the kids played and had a fantastic time, the adults drank mimosas(champagne and O.J.) which is always one of my favorite Christmas morning drinks, and had a great time visiting.
Mouse Trap...a classic.
The Marble Run...turned out to be a huge favorite
Ben's new basketball goal. He likes it!
Russell putting together connect four.
Ben loves the tree! He was so excited. :)