2012 is here!

Christmas is a great time to celebrate life and love, family, friends and faith…

We had a wonderful two-week celebration with Alexander and Nicholas as always. The 13-foot/year-old tree was ready when they arrived (that was work), as well as a program full of activities ranging from the Nutcracker ballet at the Performing Arts Center to several paintballing sessions; The Ripley’s Museum in Orlando and feeding alligators; an Egyptian artifacts exhibition and a lunch at a “haunted” restaurant in St. Petersburg; a nature preserve and a Victorian Stroll at the University of Tampa; and of course, the distribution of charitable donations and lots of bonfires–just a bit of everything!

The night before Christmas we attended a beautiful church service, then wrapped it up with a fancy dinner at our favorite restaurant, Mystic Fish. The next morning, the boys couldn’t wait to unwrap some items they were looking forward to, as well as some that surprised them! Alexander got his first electric shaver and Nicholas his own fish tank, and so on… Alexander presented us with a special “Shirtless Kirk” cologne and a top-quality fondue set, while Nicholas had chosen a military watch for Chip and a book collection of Veronique’s favorite TV series. We were busy enjoying it all and preparing the traditional Christmas meal. Later that day, we brought freshly-baked cookies to our friend Nick at the Oldsmar Fire Station, and went to a new movie theater. A good Christmas indeed…

Both boys took turns helping out at Aurora Aerospace, as well as preparing a fondue evening and quesadillas. But overall, they had a lot of playing time indoors (Skyrim and Sims) and outdoors (tennis, bicycle, kayak, etc.). New Year’s Eve followed at a nice waterfront restaurant called Bon Appetit where Chip and Nicholas helped retrieve a stuck cell phone, and that was it. We stayed up as long as we could on December 31st since they had to fly to CA the next day at 6 am, so we enjoyed every bit of late-night fun with fireworks!

Now it’s onto a New Year… We’ll keep you posted. Enjoy 2012, and if you believe in the Mayan prediction, enjoy it even more while you can!

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