The Gift That Kept on Giving . . .

We had ourselves a merry little first Christmas together. We spent a lot of time with Niels's family at the Aspen Grove Lodges by Sundance. There were over 30 people from all over the country and a handful of little ones. We had a great time playing games and ping pong, watching movies and having snow fights. We also went skiing at Park City and snowmobiling nearby the cabins.

The older we get, the less it seems like Christmas to us. That is why we decided that is so much more fun to be around children on Christmas because they are so enthusiastic about it all! So much fun to see their little eyes and expressions light up as I tell them that I can hear Santa and his reindeer on the roof. It is so wonderful to have the ability to encourage good good behavior from them by threatening to call the elves at the North Pole to tell them not to bring any toys if they are bad.

The one drawback about the week was that many people got sick from a 24 hour stomach bug, a.k.a. -the gift that kept on giving. A few people fell victim to it everyday, including Niels. I didn't catch it luckily, and there were many others who had spouses who had it and didn't catch it themselves. So random- there was no real rhyme or reason to it.

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