So how was your vacation? What did you get for Christmas? Was there a new bike under the tree? For the Graves family, we had quite the "holiday" this year. I'll start with Christmas morning...
Jonah woke Lynne and I up around 6. Not too bad we thought. He came bounding into the bedroom with all the excitement of a 9 year old boy on Christmas morning. His brother was not here this year ( His Moms turn ), so we made Jonah wait for us to come downstairs. We made some coffee, put the cinnamon buns in the oven, and then sat down to watch and see what Saint Nick had brought for our "oh so perfect child" hahaha :)
Santa always does stockings right. From giant candy bars, to i-tune gift cards, to lego figures and new Disney infinity characters... We could have stopped Christmas right there. But this being America, we did not. Before the day had ended many more gifts were opened, including a new zip line for the Tree Fort from Papi, and from Grandma, new Race frame from Standard! ( That one was my/ I mean his, favorite :)
Grandma Roxy stayed all day and made a great Christmas diner as we sat around sipping white Russians and or gin and tonics. A nice day for sure. I could get used to that kind of living.
Forest got home a few days later, so we did it all again for him. Being 15, his Christmas is a little different than Jonahs. Instead of toys and bike parts, it was all about his room this year. New paint on all the walls, including one wall all chalk board paint. Floors were sanded and painted fresh. And lastly, we redid one entire wall with wood. Its hard to explain, but damn it looks good. New nightstands and light fixtures were ordered, as well as a new desk from Ikea. Its the nicest room in the house now. :)
After Christmas, we switched gears completely and spent the next three days at Boston's Childrens Hospital for Jonah's arm. He elected to have corrective surgery to fix the arm that Doctors messed up a year ago. Two plates and many screws later... In a couple of weeks he gets a different cast for a final four weeks. He should be all ready to go come spring time. Watch out Intermediate class! Jones is comin!! :)
As Jonah and I spent the New Years in the hospital, Lynne and Forest went to Northamptons First Night. She was hired to document some of the festivities including the ball drop at midnight. Forest went along to lend a hand with her equipment and in the meantime, was able to witness the ridiculousness of the people on New Years Eve. He was not impressed. Hahaha. Love that boy.
If that is not enough , we also had to say goodbye to our family dog, Harvey Marie Graves. Im not the best at this writing thing, so I"ll steal my wife's words instead... " Today we had to say goodbye to our dear Harvey girl. Harvey Marie Graves. I think you were a special creature. Able to befriend and play with local deer, and hunt like a hound dog. Your favorite season was winter, and Forest and Jonah were given many a ride on sleds pulled in the woods by your strength. You chased and raced alongside our adventurous toboggan rides at full speed down Harvey Road. You loved your spot shielded from the hot summer sun in your den you dug under our front porch. I will remember those fond memories always, but miss the most the way you treated me when I would come home "talking" saying "harrow!". I would answer back, " Harrow Harvey!" I will miss her too, honey. She was a great dog.
I hope you all had a great holiday season and I hope to see you soon. We are doing a trip to Cranx on Feb 14th, so call the shop for details. Place is amazing, so you really should go. The shop will be cutting back its hours this winter, so it won't hurt to give a call before you decide to make the trip. Thank you again for all of the support this and every season! Happy New Year!!