More December Pics!

Winter break has been good to us so far. Xmas Eve was kinda quiet with Sally sick. Richard came over and put Alexei’s kitchen together. Many thanks for that. The Santa Maria clan being in Vegas, we had a quiet, lazy Xmas Day. Alexei opened the majority of his presents on Xmas Eve but was quite happy that the bribe of apple pie and carrots still brought Santa gifts, including the tradition Dutch chocolate letter. (See previous post for pics!)

Wed and Thursday we went to the zoo. Wed was a spur-of-the-moment, get-out-before-cabin-fever-kills kinda trip. Just me and the boy. Which was pretty cool. It was a little cold and windy but worth the trip. Alexei didn’t make it to the freeway awake and managed to nap even after we got home. Yey!

Then yesterday we met up with Heather and Eowyn, Pat and Linda and their son for a group outing. It was very nice to finally meet Pat and Linda in person (we’ve been FB friends for years thanks to Daiv!) and I love getting Eowyn and Alexei together. They are so good with each other. They had a ton of fun at the sliding hill while waiting for Pat and Linda to arrive. Much busier day at the zoo but Pat and Linda hit timing just right so we got them in quickly. Unfortunately their little one had not managed a nap on the trip up as hoped (oh, I remember those days like they were just yesterday. Oh, wait, they were just yesterday! LOL!) so was a little cranky but we managed quite a lot with two rambunctious preschoolers and a cranky toddler. Highlights were feeding the giraffe and seeing the Channel Islands fox actually running about in her enclosure.

Lazy day today other than meeting up with LE to take the boy to the park and a solstice celebration tonight.

Hope all your holidays are/were wonderful!




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