We spent much of the trip enjoying the house and the beach and food and drink. On Christmas Eve there was a candlelight ceremony at the Town Hall. It was very sweet. Very Little House on the Prairie. The talking went a little long for the kids but they sure did love getting to hold FIRE. And the singing. The singing was so fun. I loved it.
Feeling very grown up holding fire
Santa came! He showed up at our doorstep just after we got back from the candlelight ceremony. Lucy was completely freaked out and ran upstairs screaming. Ruby was ready to tell him EVERYTHING. Lucy finally calmed enough to give Santa her pictures that she drew, but then melted into tears when she realized that Mrs Claus wasn't there to receive her picture. Then she decided she was brave enough to tell him that Dolly really wanted a bone with a red bow on it in her stocking. Sweet girl.
On Christmas morn, I awoke to Ruby snuggled up beside me. She had a big grin on her face and looked at me and said, "I love you mom" and there was my Christmas gift, right there. Then we went down to see what Santa had brought on his return trip.
Here is Ruby all snuggled up with Hikari reading her new book that Grandma got her.
And here's Lucy with her new baby from Grandma Rita at the beach. See? HAPPY.
Having time to sit and really enjoy each other's company for that stretch of time was so glorious and we are so happy that so many that make up our little family were there to share it with us. We are a lucky bunch of girls!