(Jan) Hugs, laughter, Christmas trees and great food with our families was the Theme for a very special 2014 Christmas. Chuck and I left our Motor Home in storage facility in Borrego Springs and then drove the 2 hours over the roller coaster mountain roads in the dark to the San Diego airport, a trip we will not repeat! We flew from San Diego to Seattle on December 23 for six days of family filled fun. Our first stop was the Spieker residence to visit with Chuck’s family; Joanne, Jackie & Butch and Emily. We had a joyous time visiting and playing Rumikub. On the 24th we joined them plus their grandsons Sam & Joshua for their annual food fest which includes all of their favorite hors d’oeuvres and candies. Yum! We went to church that evening and then dined on the Moore traditional Oyster Stew. On Christmas morning Butch fixed all of us bacon & eggs and then we took time for several more games of Joanne’s favorite game Rumikub. It was so nice to see everyone. Thanks to Jackie & Butch for letting us stay in their charming cabin!
That afternoon we arrived at Josh & Sarah’s house to smiles and growing children and great smells coming from the kitchen. Sarah was preparing a marvelous rib roast dinner with all of the trimmings. Eric, Cheri, Ryan & Jess soon arrived and we sat down to the feast at a beautifully appointed table. Gift giving and dessert followed! What a joyful occasion.
The following day we joined Josh & Sarah and family downtown Seattle for their traditional Family Scavenger Hunt. It was great fun following the clues and seeing a Gingerbread House display, riding the Mono-rail, seeing the Space Needle, visiting the International Fountain, seeing a model train display and having lunch near-by, buying crab for dinner at Pike Place Market, riding the 175 foot tall Great Wheel on the water front, having Butterbeer in Ballard and finishing with a delicious Thai dinner in Lynnwood! What a marvelous day!
Saturday was a stay-at-home day and the kids (and adults) had a chance to try out their Christmas toys! We also played several hilarious games of Telephone Pictionary and then had fun watching our sayings and drawing develop on the big screen TV. That evening we were treated to an amazing Dungeon and King crab feast along with fresh bread for dipping, oven roasted vegetables and fresh fruit. Yum! That evening we played another round of Telephone Pictionary and a Musicology game.
Sunday morning was our last day with the kids and grandkids. It was also our 46th Anniversary and the kids honored us by singing and with a candle on our breakfast brownie cake! SO happy to be with four of our six sons and daughter-in-laws and six of our twelve grandchildren on this special day!
We finished our Sunday at Jackie & Butch’s eating pizza, watching the Seahawks FB game and playing Rumikub with them, Joanne and Emily. It has been so wonderful having time with all of the wonderful people in our families. Special thanks to Jackie & Butch, J&S’s friends Aaron & Anne and Josh & Sarah for graciously housing us those six days. It was very much appreciated!
Monday morning found us back at Sea-Tac airport ready to fly to San Diego where we picked up our Jeep and headed for Borrego Springs to be re-united with our Motorhome. Our Family Christmas 2014 was wonderful.