of holidays, that is.
We’ve been on holiday since the 17th of December, and we head back to work tomorrow.
The first part of the holiday was spent taking care of Tess and Riley as they ran fevers for 5 days each, back to back. Riley was mostly recovered by Christmas Eve, and we headed to the Lemleys for a Christmas Eve feast along with Bob, Lindsay and Tony who came to Kobe from Yokohama to help us celebrate. Lola spent most of the night laying in my lap. The older kids had a gift exchange, which they loved. The adults drank and ate way too much, and we headed back to the house late in time to prepare for Santa’s arrival. The girls also got to watch a special video from Santa for each of them before heading to bed.
Christmas Day the girls slept in until 9:30, and the adults had all been awake, eaten breakfast, and were almost bored by the time the girls finally woke up. Santa’s gifts were a doll house, Star Wars Legos, a puzzle, and a Nutcracker. The girls loved them all as well as all of the gifts from family and us. Luckily for us (especially the girls) it started snowing half way through present opening. I bundled them up, and we headed outside to chase huge fluffy flakes. It snowed for the rest of the day on and off, but unfortunately there was no accumulation. In the afternoon of Christmas Day, we had friends over to partake in some delicious seafood gumbo.
After Christmas, we had a few days to relax before heading on the Shinkansen to Yokohama to stay with Lindsay and Tony for a bit. Yokohama was lovely (and warmer than Kobe). The girls loved spending more time with Bob, Lindsay and Tony. Riley also celebrated her 6th birthday in Yokohama with some pumpkin pie, Star Wars Legos, Burgers, spider playgrounds, and Bornelund. She had a fantastic day, and she is so excited to be 6!
We headed back to Kobe on the 1st, after I got sick and ended up with Pink Eye in both eyes! I spent a few days recovering while the girls spent a few days playing with their new (and old) toys. Riley’s been working on riding with only two wheels, and we took the pedals and training wheels off of Tess’s bike so she can learn how to balance herself.
So now the house is back to normal with all of the Christmas decorations put away, and we are just relaxing the evening before heading back to work. Tomorrow is going to be rough! I don’t think any of us has been up before 8am since the 17th of December!