Saturday, December 29, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
We have never Skyped before with him or anyone else for that matter. But one of my Christmas wishes was to Skype with Tom for Christmas. Three of his classmates were also staying in Pensacola for the holidays. One of them with a wife and children invited him and the other two to Christmas dinner last night which was really nice for him. So we arranged to Skype at a time when we could do it with Grandma on Christmas Eve. Chris got a kick out of Grandma discovering the wonders of video chat and was really happy to "see" Tom as were the rest of us. We got to get a little bit of a tour of his room via his new iPad that he bought for himself for Christmas. It was fun to see what his living space looks like.
I had a wish to go to Christmas Eve Candlelight Service this year. It has been a really long time since I have been to church on Christmas Eve. It was always a big part of my family's Christmas celebration. It has never been a priority for Bill or Beverly so we just have never gotten around to going. Chris went by himself last year and he was going to go to the 11:00 candlelight service at his church so I decided to stay up past my bedtime and join him. It was a beautiful service.
Another Christmas wish was to get my computer moved out of Chris' bedroom so that I can give him more privacy. We cleared out a spot in the living room for one of the desks Bill had at his office. Chris and Bill set it up for me on Saturday. Thrilled to have my new space.
As it turns out, we did have a few gifts to open. Bill and I found some Taylor Swift items at a silent auction a few weeks ago. Bill really wanted to play a trick on Christopher by seeing what his reaction would be to opening it as his Christmas gift. Chris really HATES Taylor Swift. I couldn't give him a gag gift and not follow it up with something that he really might like to have so I got him some jeans and socks that he needed, a DVD and a gift certificate to our favorite bagel place. Bill got his wish by getting exactly the reaction he was hoping for when Chris saw that he got a Taylor Swift gift. Maddy sent me a vase she bought in Macau. So we had a little bit of gift opening anyway even though I originally didn't think we would.
Our Christmas ended with a wonderful prime rib dinner.
Monday, December 24, 2012
On the first, we attended the Rotary Festival of Trees Gala as we usually do. On the 8th, we went to the Army-Navy Football Game Party in Beaverton and then headed out to LaCenter to attend the Van Dinter's Christmas Lighting Party. It was pretty amazing with an eclectic collection of lighting--heavily weighted toward Disney characters.
On the 9th, we went to our friend, Karen Stanley's, home for a fundraising party for the Legacy Salmon Creek Foundation to raise money for the Child Abuse Assessment Team. A group of high school students collected items for the silent auction as part of their senior volunteer project and we heard a presentation by the physician that runs the program. As part of the evening, Karen invited a professional dancing couple to do Argentine tango demonstrations. Karen has a ballroom at her home instead of a living room. It is a beautiful room with parquet floors, mirrored ball, state of the art sound system, balconies overlooking the ballroom, etc. She loves to dance and host dances at her home.
On the 14th, Bill and I went to represent The Children's Center at the Portland Air National Guard Base. The Combat Operations Group hosted their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off and Toy Drive. They collected money and toys to give to The Children's Center. It was kind of fun to go. There were about 15 kinds of chili to taste with a little bit of rivalry going on and sharing of secrets. And there were prizes for the best and the hottest chili. It has been a long time since I have been to that kind of informal military get together but it was a fun lunch time.
On the 15th, we had our annual Columbia Aviation Association Christmas Party. It was a pleasant evening--mostly spent visiting with our friends, the Oerdings, but others as well.
On the 19th, the Rotary club hosted their Christmas Ships Party at The Quay. Unfortunately, we were there an hour and still no ships. I wasn't feeling very well so we decided to leave before they arrived. We did drive home along the river and did catch a glimpse of them although there was no place to pull over and take pictures. Plus it was really windy and rainy--so not sure how good they would have turned out anyway.
So that was our holiday season in a nutshell. Always fun to connect with our friends during the holiday season.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
We like to invite our friends, Jeff and Julie, to join us every year. And Rollie has joined us a few times as well and he was able to come this year. Army has lost ten years in a row. So we have been pretty disappointed for years now. We were really hoping for a win this year. And the Black Knights came so close. They were getting ready to score in the last few minutes of the game to go ahead and win but they fumbled on the 14 yard line and lost the ball. That ended it for their hopes for this year. I felt so badly for the Army quarterback who didn't get the ball into the fullback's hands.
We always say--maybe next year. Although it hasn't come true for a very long time.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
It is fun to see the trees and fascinating to see how much they sell for. The highest bid was about $2700 for a tree and the lowest was about $400. But it all goes for great causes and charities.