This evening we celebrated Christmas with the Liess family, at the Reagens’. There was a lot of food, good times, and an interesting white elephant gift exchange.
After going the last 14 years without a TV, this year for Christmas we surprised the kids with a TV and an Xbox. As they get older more of their friend’s social activities involve video games and they are old enough to handle it a little better, so we took the plunge.
I am actually writing this post a few weeks after the fact, and so far things are going OK. We have established decent limits and have a good selection of non-violent games for them to play.
This evening Andrew had his second orchestra concert of the year. They played four songs written by Tchaikovsky.
It was predicted to be a nice day today and the weather did not disappoint. We met up with the Reagens at Greenwood Park for a hike through the woods, playing with the ice on the pond, and then playing at the playground. Everyone loved spending some time outside and enjoying the warm sunshine.
There is a tradition in Clive where the fire department drives Santa around a couple of weeks before Christmas to visit all of the neighborhood kids. This morning was the big day and the kids were excited for the visit.
The Reagens came over after school today to hang out. They did a lot of things, this domino run just being one of them. These kids just can’t get enough of each other!
Lucia and Rose have Chicken Pox! They were exposed a couple of weeks ago, and we noticed the first pox on Monday night. Tuesday was OK, but things have gone downhill since then. Lucia has a ton, and quite a few on her face. Rose has about half as many as Lucia, but also some in some uncomfortable places. They are doing better now and we hope to see some improvement over the weekend.