Our son, Aaron, was kind enough to loan us an old 1992 Mustang convertible that he plans to fix up for our granddaughter to drive once she turns 16. She is only 11 so he has plenty of time to finish this car. Right now it is mechanically sound but cosmetically challenged. So what. As long as it runs good it isn't important what it looks like. We appreciated the loan of this vehicle as it saved us from having to rent a car for 6 weeks. As all cruisers and retirees will attest, saving money is always a good thing.
|Christmas Day 2012|
The next night we got to attend our grandson's concert. Zach is now in the 6th grade and this is his first year playing the viola. We forgot the bring the camera so don't have a sample of their performance, but can say that it was much better than we had anticipated.
|Zachary before guests|
arrived. His stack of gifts.
|Relaxing before the crowd.|
|Damien got his Thomas motorized train.|
Highlights of the day were all the children, of course. Our 3-year-old grandson Damien was so exuberant opening each gift that one could not help but smile. His hand gestures of excitement and "Oh! Wow!" exclamations made the day. The older kids are into electronics and more subdued in their Christmas joy, so having one small kid to enjoy trains and dinosaurs just made the day for all us adults. Won't be very many more Christmases and all the kids will be too old for the little kid excitement of this day.
|Keena and her granddaughter Abigail|
|Aaron didn't stray far from the wine|
|Sebastian, our eldest grandson|
|Teresa and her daughters Lauren & Kristin|
|Kristina & her sister Krystal|
One day we met Mark and Cindy, owners of an Amel named Cream Puff. They treated us to lunch at Chuy's, where we discussed some of the idiosyncrasies of Amel Super Maramu model boats. Cream Puff sounds like she really is a cream puff. They could not have bought a better boat. The previous owner had installed every redundancy imaginable and also left probably 50k worth of spares on the boat. Mark and Cindy plan to begin cruising full-time in the next year or so. We enjoyed visiting with them.
|Donna in her beautiful kitchen|
|Bruce grilling steaks|
|Trey's desk in the computer room in his house. |
Can you tell he is a gamer?
|Trey sitting at Zach's desk in the computer room at his|
house. One monitor for games while using the other
for whatever needs doing. The kid takes after his dad.
On 9 January Bill will get his biopsy results and we will know if we are returning to the boat on 16 January or if we will be in Houston for several months while he has surgery or radiation seeding and recuperates.