Christmas Day was excellent, and very tiring. Linda and I stayed up late on Christmas Eve and then the girls got us up very early the next day. We would have liked to have been able to get a nap in there, but it just wasn't to be. By the end of the day we were both very tired and went to bed a little on the early side (about 21:30, or 9:30pm). That is why there was no post yesterday...
Gifts were exchanged and we had great fun watching the girls open their gifts, and despite our best efforts, there were still several gifts for the girls. We had agreed that the number of gifts this year was going to be kept at a minimum because there just isn't much more room here, and we already have too much stuff to deal with. When we get in to the new home it will have more space and more importantly, it will have storage room. Anyway, the girls were all very excited about all their gifts and then Jason brought in (he actually had me bring them in) the big ones. He bought bicycles for the girls and they were very excited about it.
And that actually brings us to today. This morning we had a big breakfast and then a quick visit by the young woman who will be watching the girls tomorrow, while we are out. We wanted to have her come by, so the girls could meet her and we could meet her and it all worked very well - but more on that later. Around 11:30 we all went over to the school's parking lot and let the girls try out their new bikes. Stacy was a little nervous at first and then got used to it very quickly. Both bikes have training wheels and they are going to be needed for a little while. Jackie had a little difficulty with the peddles and after a few minutes of helping her to get them to go around with her feet on them she began to do a bunch more riding on her own. She still has to master the use of the breaks, and I think that will be done before the end of next week. Stacy wants to go for a ride with me, so I have something to look forward to.
The rest of the day was spent with Linda taking care of some of the returns she needs to get done, and a few other tasks around the house, like taking care of the animals and cleaning Mr Jingles' cage. Then tomorrow we will be going out to a "private" screening of Unbroken, the movie about Louis Zamperini, and his life. This is why we need the help of the young woman who will be taking care of them while we're gone. Jason and I had the opportunity to see Mr. Zamperini a couple of years ago, and would have loved to have gotten to know him, but that wasn't to be. Tonight, Linda, George (as a reminder, our son George came down for a visit) and I watched a movie that George received for Christmas - The Guardians of The Galaxy". It was the first time for both George and Linda, and I enjoyed it when I saw it - just a funny and silly movie from Marvel Comics. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.