What with the weather reports from the rest of the country, I'm so glad that we didn't go through the airports to get to my sister's for Christmas.
CK's nephews are blooming into really well-socialized kids. The older one (9 years old) has learned manners, patience, helpfulness, and cleanliness. The younger one (4 years old) was getting over a drippy cold/cough thing, was overtired and overdone, and still managed to listen to us (mostly), take his turn, share, and clean up after himself. Wow. These boys are amazingly accomplished in their manners, self-control, and conversational abilities. CK's older nephew has started playing chess, even, and played an entire game with CK after dinner.
... And this is after a fantastic weekend of theater, shopping, chores, social time, and board games. There was also Chanty Sing on Tuesday. CK and I spent Christmas Eve wrapping presents for our families, then unwrapping our presents to each other. So I have to add two other words to this post:
ETA: For those of you who don't understand, a drum carder is for blending fleeces prior to spinning them into yarn. Fiberlicious!