I’m leaving pics out of this post so that I can leave open to all, sharing my holiday joy as widely as possible.
I did indeed have my sleepover, sleeping in my six year old grandson’s bunk beds with him — I got the bottom, as I often have to get up in the night. He promised to wake me gently on Christmas morning, and bless his little heart, he did. I heard him wiggling and giggling above me at around 5:30am, and within a few minutes he had made his way down the ladder and was tapping me gently on the shoulder. As soon as he saw my eyes open, he dove into bed with me. Archie is not a tranquil snuggler; he’s a little ball of energy from the moment he wakes up. He was next to me, over me and onto the other side, back where he started … you get the idea. I kept him with me for about half an hour, and then said I thought he should go into Mommy and Daddy’s room and see if it could be time to get up.
We had the tree lights on, and the fireplace, and everyone got at least one thing that was super special and exciting. Archie got an air hockey table, kid-sized, and proceeded to beat almost everyone at games throughout the day. He also got tickets to the last Seattle Seahawks home game next weekend — a real treat. Else got her princess dress, and a guitar with microphone, and she’s going to see the Nutcracker.
Seattle had a few inches of snow, and we made the most of it. Matt and Sara and Archie built a snowman, and Archie and I were out all morning making snow forts and having snowball fights.
Ben and Sara and his parents Jerry and Midge treated us to their holiday traditional meal, Swiss Raclet: melted cheese cooked table side over potatoes, with meats and pickles and onions and chives and roasted vegetables. Good wine. It was a feast.
I got good Scotch and a beautiful scarf and the kids made books for me — with the help of Mommy and Daddy. Archie proudly announced to all that Grammie likes it best when I get a gift that they made themselves, which is true.
Christmas was a great day here at Klainer West, and I hope yours was too. 🙂
I have a medley of pics that will give you a sense of the day, but I’m too tired on Christmas night as I write about the day to upload them all and shape into new blog posts. Look for more pics over the next several days.