And so it begins, pictures with Santa:
An early Christmas present
When I got back into town on the 23rd, I was introduced to Luvy (rhymes with groovy), who is Aly’s new pet hedgehog.
A few Christmas Eve presents
As tradition, the girls opened their presents from Auntie Car and Unkie Doo, along with one present from us.
We began the day at home, opening stockings, presents from Santa, and presents from each other.
Then we drove to Ohio
We piled into the car around noon and drove to Auntie Jazzy and Uncle Sparkles’ (Dave and J’aime) house in Chagrin Falls, to meet up with the rest of the Goudies, a few Bakers, and most of the Strattons, along with the Matriarch of the Matilo clan: Noni.
We had breakfast at the hotel with the entire Goudie bunch, and then the four of us crashed on Gus & Abbey, since we had not seen them the night before. It was great visiting with them – it’s always too short!
We then spent a few hours (and had lunch!) with Noni, Grandma Jan, and Grandpa Bill, before hopping in the car and driving in the rain back to Michigan, but not all the way back to Holland.
Kalamazoo 27th, am
We had planned to do another version of the Vogel Christmas at Liz & Kevin’s on the 27th, but some plans changed, so the four of us spent the morning with them in Kalamazoo.
Back to Holland, 27th pm
We then all headed up to Holland and celebrated the next version of Vogel Christmas at Grandpa’s house.