Thursday, December 30, 2010

New traditions

We ended up on our own - just the three of us - this year for Christmas day. We had intended to go see family in Idaho, but ended up staying home after hearing the terrible news that my boss and his son were killed the weekend prior to our trip by a drunk driver. We are still recovering from the news, and find it difficult to convey to others what awesome men they both were. I was blessed to have a supervisor that was like part of my family - at times like a father, guiding or gently correcting; other times a partner, fussing together over our staff in the office or, rarely, arguing over how to get something done; always a friend. Everybody who spoke at the service fondly remembers his smile - it could light up a room, and disarm even our toughest critics. The son was an All American kid who showed his classmates it was ok to just be yourself, and had recently been accepted at a naval academy. I felt when I met him at 7 years old that he was destined to do great things. There is definitely a void without them here on this earth.

In any case, we were left to our own devices to figure out what to do Christmas day. We bought Hank way more toys than we were intending (our Idaho Christmas would have been very simple with only handmade mama presents).

(wearing his Christmas raincoat. The rainboots will have to come in Spring, I suppose)

Then we made steel cut oatmeal for breakfast

which has been requested every morning since. Hmmm - could it have something to do with the marshmallows?

We also made nachos for "dinner." BT is an avid nacho fan, and requested a big heaping mound of them for Christmas. This was the first plate of nachos I have seen that bested him, as we barely made it through a third of the platter.

That evening we walked through Naples to view the decorated houses lining the canals. We had done this a few years ago, but after this year's trip will definitely try to squeeze it into the holiday schedule every year.

Hopefully we will be with family again next Christmas, but good to know that we have a few traditions of our own to fall back on just in case.


Recent favorite: Banana muffins

Working on: NYE prep


Jenn said...

Sorry to hear about you boss and his son. *hugs*

Brad Fallon said...

Your blog never ceases to amaze me and I love stopping by daily! Have a wonderful new year and thanks so much for always making my day.