My word!! It has been over four months since I last blogged. Time does fly, but we also keep ourselves very busy. I go to bed at night thinking, "I should have posted a blog." Then I fall asleep, and that's that.
Since last January 24, 2010, lots has happened. We sort of ended our 24th season on March 31, and then we went on vacation. We normally stay open until the end of April each season, but this year our vacation was scheduled for April.
We have a wonderful group that has been coming to the Christmas House for 23 of our 24 years. (They missed the second year - 1987.) About 20 years ago they asked if they could always be our first group when we open each September. Then a few years later they asked if they could also be last. They started out as paying guests and have ended up as good friends.
Where did we go? We traveled by Amtrak to Ontario, California where our cousin, Mickey, and her husband, Wade Landrum, met us on Easter Sunday morning. We spent two days in Anaheim, and then the three of us along with Mickey, Wade, and his mother, Idell, drove to San Diego where we boarded Holland America's ms. Zaandam. We were joined on board a little later that afternoon by the Landrums' daughter, Jennifer Robinson, her husband, Kevin, and their three year-old son, Austin. At 5:00 p.m. the ship set sail for a round-trip cruise to Hawaii.
The nine of us had 15 wonderful days together on that cruise. This blog would become much too long if I tried to tell you everything that we did. It would become even longer if I told you all about Austin! Let it suffice to say that he was the "darling" of every one who met him, and the eight of us adults were known on the ship as "Austin's party!"