Yes, the end of year functions are all starting to "line up" and we are getting busy like everyone else! Thanksgiving is behind us - yes, here in the United States that is a 'big deal' and no less in our Spanish speaking churches! Like most years we had 3 Thanksgiving Turkey Dinners! Of course we always have a traditional family affair but the two churches we are involved with like to celebrate also so that makes 3! We had a lovely time all told, but two men in our family (we won't mention any names!) really don't enjoy the turkey dinners and are not looking forward to turkey again at Christmas - so we will have to come up with some alternatives for them!
Christmas this year at the Yarrall household will be more like a Loudon Christmas I think! Bill and Angela have invited Bill's two sisters with hubbies and kids to spend the holidays with us all - half staying in our home and the rest (the smaller family) staying with Bill and Angela - however, I think most of the 'hanging out' will be done at our house as we have much more room than a small one-bedroom apartment. Part of the reason for them all coming is that Bill is to celebrate his 40th birthday a few days before Christmas and so the family reunion. We haven't seen these family members since Angela's wedding some 8 years ago so it will be good to be together again.
Jonathan is still in Boston, but only has two weeks of his training course to go. I think the novelty of being over there has worn thin and he is kinda feeling lonely these days. All the other guys in the course like to 'drink and gamble' and that isn't quite his scene so he spends a lot of time alone in his room. That was ok while he was busy studying etc but as things come to an end there doesn't seem to be so much work for him to do. He has done well with the course and looks forward to getting into the work force back here in LA soon.
Not sure how many people still read this blog, but for those of you who do we want to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Love to you all.....