With the A Team (Allyson and Alycia) flying in all of the way from Vancouver for the weekend, times were busy these past few days. Very hectic indeed. That included this morning, when Sue and I got up at 4:30 to take Allyson to the airport for 6:30. Needless to say, it was pitch dark, and with the roads rather sloppy from weekend snow, I did not enjoy the drive. However, we got there and back in one piece.
I thought I would just post a few random shots from the weekend. They don't tie together in any coherent fashion, but it's about all I can muster in my present state. Maybe I will post more in a few days, and I am certain that Sue will.
Danica is only in grade one, but she reads beyond her grade level and is constantly working on lists etc. In this first photo, she works a crossword with Auntie Allyson's assistance.
Somewhat later, it was Grandma's turn to look over her shoulder.
Zackers the elf is on the mantel in the next photo. His visits start on December 01, and you never know where he will pop up next. On his first visit, he is polite enough to leave a note, which Danica is holding up in the photo. Dani was gloriously adorned for the tree decorating festivities of Sunday afternoon. Not much arm twisting is necessary to get her to doll up.
Eric kept himself quite busy doing important things, like practicing the Vulcan mind meld on the cat. I think the cat resisted successfully, as cats are wont to do.
Grandma also knew just what to do and when to do it.
Jonathan is not a heavy eater, and he's not a boy for too many sweets, but like his grandpa, he sure likes salty snacks. The trouble is that his grandpa also like all other kinds of food and snacks.
This is the A Team, Allyson and Alycia, almost ready to brave the cold for the town's Santa Claus Parade. It was pretty nippy, so they had to bundle up well. Living in balmy Vancouver, they are scarcely used to our kind of winter weather any more, but they were game. With back problems galore, grandma and grandpa missed the parade this year. It's a long parade and necessitates a long time of standing in heavy coats. Maybe next year.