Sunday, December 20, 2020

Christmas Festivities

Well, it's not easy to carry on with traditional holiday activities when you are still in a pandemic and things are getting worse by the day. Thanksgiving this year was just dinner at home with the four of us. We decided to forgo the usual meal and made a homemade lasagna which pleased everyone. After Thanksgiving we went to the beach for a couple days. We've noticed there was a lot more time spent at California beaches this year since it is a pretty safe place to go and get fresh air and exercise. We even had a few dolphins show up on Padaro beach to visit us. Too bad there were a TON of bees on the beach and Lily ended up stepping on one and of course she is allergic. Her foot did spell up a bit but she was still able to return to school with a hobble. 
Rosie was back for the holiday. I guess she figured if she wore a mask and brought matching masks she would be allowed in the house. 
She did her usual routine hiding silly places and stole the chocolate advent calendars.


Lily had her December girl scout meeting at a park. We made it just in time before the stay home order began so we could still meet in person. They decorated gingerbread houses which was a bit hilarious between assembling on the ground and then trying to get them home they all collapsed. 
Lily managed to salvage hers back at home and let the frosting dry. 
That same weekend we had our last movie night with Liv and Scarlett. They voted on Home Alone 2 with hot cocoa and candy canes and cookies. We have done a friends holiday outing the past few years but we made do with a home movie night.

Rosie brought back some reindeer poop from the North Pole one morning. They taste a lot like donut holes and the girls gobbled them up!

We got our Christmas tree, the usual family tradition in the Costco parking lot. 
It was a beauty this year, even if it did dry out and nearly collapse by Christmas day.
Lily has been taking a tennis class with Sabina which was able to carry on since it is outdoors and masked. I'm not sure she loves tennis yet but she loves spending the hour with Sabina. 
Looks like Rosie was teaching the nativity scene some important facts.
Of course it wouldn't be Christmas without cookies. Lily & Gemma always choose gingerbread to decorate. 

Gemma's school had their holiday sing along on zoom. There were hundreds of kids on zoom wearing funny  festive gear singing songs together. They usually get to do this at school as a big assembly the week before break. 

Once school was out for winter break the days got longer and longer. Work did not go on winter break so the children were free range at home. They kept each other occupied pretty well. They spent one whole day building a lego elf house.
Gemma had her Girl Scout meeting on zoom and made a couple of holiday crafts. 
The best Christmas present came early this year. The distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine began. Healthcare workers were first in line to receive the vaccine. This probably serves the purpose of making sure healthcare workers are well to take care of others and we can test it out for the rest of the nation to prove it won't alter your DNA and turn you into a zombie. First shot down and one more to go in 21 days. 

We weren't finished holiday baking although we had already made several variations of cookies and distributed to family and friends. Once more batch of peppermint chocolate mint M&M.
We took our cookies and some hot cocoa one evening in the car to go look at lights. People really went all out with lights since most people are staying home for the holiday and there is not much to do looking at lights is even more of an event. 

We try to still get out and go ride or walk and get fresh air. Across from the soccer field there are some resident llama and alpacas. 
Rosie seemed to be ready to go back to the North Pole and get away from quarantine. I don't blame her I would like to get away from this whole situation too. Maybe we can all move to the North Pole until this is resolved. 

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