The Christmas season is well underway, with the tree decorated and our Christmas letters ready to mail, and I also broke out our Christmas mugs for my early morning coffee. Harold said goodbye to his mommy after a week or two of running around with her in our living room, and Hannah finally finished her “red book” of reading exercises and celebrated with Vivian by throwing it out the window.
On Saturday, we took our annual trip down to the Durham Museum for Christmas at Union Station. They unfortunately haven’t had a public tree-lighting since 2019, but we still enjoy being able to see the real thing (and get our family photo in front of it). Hannah and Aaron got to see Santa again before running through the train and streetcar downstairs.
Aaron watched some vintage cartoons while Hannah took a look at some of the dresses from Downtown Abbey, which were on display. Then we finished our visit with some phosphates for the kids and a couple egg creams before heading home.
I took Hannah to church on Sunday and then to her Christmas program rehearsal afterward. I also got a free Big Mac for lunch just for signing up for the app, which was nice. I spent the afternoon getting Vivian a new garage door opener and then installing a new dimmer switch in our living room, since the old one has gone all blinky and weird.
Then we had a family game night and introduced the kids to Apples to Apples, which they were both able to play with us. Hannah wanted to add a few extra players and decided to bring her dolls into the game, which she must have enjoyed because she wanted to play again with me the next morning before school.
On Monday, Mike Foley came to the pizza ranch to talk about his eight years as Lt. Governor and returning now to his role as State Auditor, which he held prior to being Pete Ricketts running mate. I saw a few familiar faces there, such as my dad’s old NAS friend Dwayne Ball from UN-L, along with John Glen Weaver and State Senator Jim Jensen.
Then on Thursday, I went for my first bike ride in a while, heading up to Trader Joe’s and back. The weather was 34 degrees but sunny, so it was a bit brisk, but not too bad of a ride. It seems difficult to get outside and move around during the winter months, but I try to make an effort when at least the roads aren’t too slippery (as they might be tomorrow).