Wrapping up a wonderful Christmas.

And a wonderful Christmas it was. Ben, Dub and I had a quiet Christmas Eve at home, opening some gifts and watching Christmas movies. Dub’s favorites are “Home Alone” and “How the Grinch stole Christmas” so we watched them both – although he fell asleep before we finished “the Grinch.”
On Sunday, the whole Northland gang got together over at Denise and Scotts’ condo. As you would expect, Denise has pretty much every square inch decorated for the Holidays and it’s beautiful. We were all complimenting them when she said, “There’s one problem. We have a tree in the den that we didn’t have time to decorate. I’m wondering if I could get the kids to decorate it?” So we went into the den and there was a 5′ tree with lights but no ornaments and four big boxes of decorations. She asked Austin if he would be in charge of the project. He said “Sure,” and flashed us about the biggest smile we’d ever seen. We left the kids in the den and went into the living room for drinks and snacks. In about a half hour, the kids came out and announced the tree was finished. We went into the den and saw the tree – decorated with most of the ornaments from all 4 boxes. We noticed some silver paper ornaments and Denise said “What are these? They’re lovely.” Travon said “They’re angels. They’ll watch over you.” He had apparently found some silver gift wrap in one of the boxes and fashioned it into origami-like angels. Denise swept him up in a big hug and thanked him, saying over and over how beautiful they were. He’s a beautiful spirit and an extraordinarily talented little guy!
The big surprise of the day wasn’t that Chad was there – but that he brought his “fishing bud, Raef” with him. Raef is a really nice guy about my age… with an amazing personality. Everyone thinks he’s great – and the kids are absolutely crazy about him. He’s a pretty big dude with dark red (almost black) hair, a good build and a terrific smile.
We don’t know if there’s anything more going on here than just being “fishing buds.” But, here’s a conversation I overheard:
Dub: “I like your new boyfriend.”
Chad: “He’s not my “boyfriend.”
Dub: He looks like he’s your boyfriend.”
Chad: “Well, Dub. He’s a boy and he’s my friend, but he’s not my “boyfriend.”
Dub: “What’s the difference?”
Chad: “It’s complicated.”
Dub (grinning): “I think he’s your “boyfriend.”
Chad: “Little dude. I think you think too much.”
I guess time will tell.
Anyway, we had a grand Christmas with tons of food and drink – and Holiday cheer with our extended family. We hope all of you had great Christmases, too!