Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!  The scene was perfect for Christmas yesterday, a good blanket of snow, flurries, cold weather; a great Christmas day!  Aaron, Elisa, Kayla, and Ashlyn, you were all greatly missed!

Christmas Scenery in Rochester

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.

Playhouse Under Construction

Christmas Breakfast

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.

Playing with O-man's Toys

Nintendo Games

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.

Uncle mark, Aunt Bo, Katie, & Mark

Shannon, Katie, Owen

The Cousins

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!

Fred, Marianne, Eric

Grandma, Uncle mark, Aunt Bo

Christmas Dinner


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8 Responses to Christmas Day

  1. Larry Mireles says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to the Hoefen Family-Larry and Shelly Mireles

  2. Aaron says:

    Merry Christmas Bret and Shannon! We sure missed the family the last couple days! We made sure to watch Christmas Vacation though! Still haven’t missed a year of the tradition.

    We are looking forward to seeing you on the road again soon! Until then, we will continue to join the adventure every morning on your blog…

    Stay warm up there!!!

  3. Kim R. says:

    Merry Christmas Bret, love following your daily news…please keep it up. You are an inspiration to all of us, you are so brave and so is your family! I love all their support for you and the love you share with them. Next time you’re in Orlando Tommy and I would be proud to ride with you.

    Kim and Tommy (a couple of your Marriott followers)

  4. Mike says:

    Brett & Shannon,
    Glad you had a great day. The whirlwind that is Xmas took it’s toll on the Warsaw Auble’s, especially on Matty & I and it’s been a lazy past 24 hours. He has probably matched your vintage Nintendo useage with his new “Leapster”, which is like a gameboy for 5 year olds. I too have been caught up in technology as Karmen has taught me how to use my new ipod shuffle. So now my naustalgic 80’s tunes are only an ear bud away!
    Good luck on future trips to Boston and in your travels as you reach towards Texas and beyond–reminds me of buzz light year from toy story–“to infinity and beyond…”
    OK, so there are literally hundreds of sport-themed things to experience in Texas:
    Friday night lights (there won’t be any games going on this time of year, but you’ve got the super bowl in Dallas), pole vaulting (a bunch of clubs–seriously, if you’re interested let me know and I’ll send you links to “web” friends of mine who have places down there), cattle ranches (am I stretching the use of the word “athletics” now?) and pro baseball/basketball teams… don’t let me down–at some point you’ll do something athletic, if only by accident.
    PS–still recovering from the festivus feats of strength. I really thought I had you this year. I think victory would have been mine if little Justin hadn’t hit me with a steel chair.

  5. Cuzin Katie says:

    Some good ol Mario Bros over the next couple of days sounds awesome. I wish I had more time in ROC to challenge. I’m thinking about investing in one again too (I had one in college)… but to be honest your “new age” controllers were breaking my hustle. Enjoy some Mario 3 for me 🙂

  6. Aunt Bo says:

    It was great to have the family for Christmas…so happy you came home. Makiko, Evan, Aaron, Elisa, Kayla and Ashlyn were all sadly missed (we certainly had enough food for you!!!). Thanks for remembering the grand dogs!
    Good thing you have a couple of days before you head out again…east coast sounds pretty snowy right now.

  7. Jlag says:

    Glad to see you having such a great time at home. Miss you guys! ~J

  8. Daniel Siciliano says:

    Mike Tysons Punch Out is the coolest!!!!!

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