unfortunately this year not all the Shannons could be in Grand Forks at the same time. This is the first year since I joined the family that this has happened and it was a big bummer. The kids were the ones who were most disappointed because it meant not spending time chasing their cousins.
We did still manage to have a lot of fun. Michael especially had a blast. Michael would coerce anyone who would look into his big green eyes to play a round of Munchkin with him. Uncle Steve and Uncle Jon spent most of their break battling monsters of all levels with Michael.
Elise spent most of her time shadowing Grandma Shannon.
Every once in a while she would give Grandma a break and play in Patrick’s imaginary world.
Patrick really did spend most of his time like this, sitting on the floor playing blocks. He floated from the board gamers to Grandma and Elise, but really I think he enjoyed a break from all the Christmas chaos and just had some serious chill time.
It was a really relaxing and nice way to round out the Christmas break.
At the cabin there are two trees that are perfect for climbing. Layers of winter gear and the fluffy snow made for a nice safety net and they were more daring than ever while they climbed.
If Patrick grows up and works behind a desk in a cubicle from 9-5, Monday – Friday it will be a waste of something so special.
Patrick’s imagination, creativity, story telling and empathy blow Tim and me away. There couldn’t be more nondescript blocks than these oversized Legos but that didn’t stop Patrick from seeing those blocks as complex monsters and robots and creating an intricate story line that had a full story arc. He played quietly with those blocks for hours.
All of our Christmas Cards have been stuffed, licked, addressed and stamped and are on route to family and friends.
I never know how long it will take for the mail to get to their destination but I am guessing in the next couple days all our North Dakota family will be getting their cards. We have cards going from coast to coast (Oregon to Washington D.C.), some travelling as far north as British Columbia, and even a handful going over seas to Finland. It is easy to feel blessed this time a year. Christmas cards can be such a hassle but they are worth it.
This year was by far the most fun and the easiest Christmas Card shoot yet! Every year it gets a little bit easier.
Here are a few out-takes from our very informal Christmas Card shoot.
A few more out-takes here.