We met Ryan, Makiko, Evan, and Owen at Mom & Dad’s for Christmas breakfast. Mom makes the best breakfasts; quiche with onions and sausage, potatoes, bacon, and coffee cake. While we were waiting for breakfast, Ryan & Dad were hard at work putting a playhouse together for the grandchildren, a gift from Mom & Dad. This thing had hundreds of pieces and was probably about as complicated as a real house. While Ryan and dad finished the job, Evan & Owen had already started moving in. Ryan was buried in just about every toy they owned before it was done.
After breakfast we exchanged gifts. Not having kids, watching nieces and nephews open gifts on Christmas morning makes the day. Evan and Owen tore into their gifts and quickly settled into playing with their new favorite toys. Typically whichever is Evan’s favorite, ends up being his little brother Owen’s favorite too; I can relate Owen. Ryan and Makiko, surprised me with several Nintendo games (the original). I bought an emulator a little while back and have enjoyed playing all of the nostalgic games from when we were kids: Metroid, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Super Mario Brothers, and Kid Icarus. Now I have several more to keep me busy.
Christmas dinner was at the Greisberger’s house with Dad’s side of the family. It was great to see Grandma Hoefen, Uncle Mark. Aunt Bo, Katie, and Mark, and also meet our new cousins Samantha and Sasha, Katie and Mark’s dogs. Uncle Mark was also diagnosed with cancer around the same time as I was, lung cancer. Uncle Mark beat his cancer and is a cancer survivor. It was great to see him up and healthy.
We also had a surprise visit from the Borrelli’s, so great to see Fred, Marianne, and Eric. Auntie Cuz Marianne brings the party with her everywhere she goes, always so energetic. Aunt Bo is an amazing cook and we had another one of her great meals last night, a pork tenderloin with a port wine sauce. It was excellent!