Since we are down to the three of us, we just had to do something funny!
And here's our Christmas Update. Definitely not a letter.
Of course, by now we all know that the knee surgery count is woefully inaccurate since Reed blew out his other knee on December 15. . . yeah. . . the same day he had an x-ray to see if he could be cleared to wrestle on account of his broken hand. The answer to that was, "Ah. . .you aren't quite ready yet," which of course, Reed totally ignored. For the record, Reed broke the knee AT wrestling practice, but he was not wrestling. He was running ladders. I always said running was dangerous.
We had a very nice Christmas. Ed's sister Judy came out from Maine and stayed for 13 days. I felt bad that we had a pretty low key visit since Reed was firmly implanted into the couch. She did become well acquainted with Doug and Brenda Wilcox because Brenda came over to work on Reed's leg to decrease the pain. She taught me a new crochet pattern and I have started a baby afghan. We also played a LOT of Hand and Foot. We all love that game. The dogs laid around and loved all the attention that they could wrangle.
Reed received a Playstation 4 and a couple of games. For his birthday we gave him an iPhone 6 because we just did not feel that giving him the golf stuff we had bought would be a good fit for a kid who had surgery that day and was missing a golf trip to St. George. He got the golf stuff for Christmas along with an iPad Mini that we got for a song as a gift with purchase kind of thing.
I received a beautiful chestnut Coach purse that was stocked with a couple of gift cards and a $100 bill! I got ink cartridges for my photo printer. That might not sound like a great gift, but it was. That printer takes NINE cartridges (4 that are shades of black!) and they are expensive critters. I also got a frying pan with a non-stick diamond coating.
Ed got a surveillance camera for down at the cabin. I think my skinny dipping days are over because I am afraid that someone will hack our feed! I'm pretty sure they would get more than they bargained for. . .much more. He also got a WiFi music system that he is installing down at the cabin so we have some good music when we are there.
It was a beautiful day with the snow falling continuously. I had two favorite moments.
1. Around 10:30 I got a call from Sister Clausen who is a Senior Missionary at Camp Pendleton. She told me that she had spoken with Parker that morning and that he seemed happy and well. SHe also gave us some idea of what was going on there that day. That made my whole day.
2. In the afternoon Colby and Danaca came over. What do you give a married couple who has no space for stuff? A trip. They were happy with the plane tickets because they thought they would cover the trip to Parker's graduation. They looked a little stumped about the hotel nights, but Danaca just about exploded with joy when they opened the gift cards for 3 day Disney passes. It was a riot! We are sad that we did not video her reaction because it was so out of character!