It seems unreal that this time off is already ending.  Nick and I had a fabulous time getting away to Michigan, where my brother, Josh and his family live in Ann Arbor.  We were on the same flight as my parents, who flew up to Denver from Phoenix on Christmas Eve.  After dinner we headed to a Christmas Eve service at their Vineyard church and then home to hang out, wrap presents and enjoy being together.  Christmas day we made homemade sticky buns for breakfast and enjoyed sharing gifts together.  The Reimer family has always tried to celebrate Christmas for Christ Jesus’ birth, not for presents, so the focus is there, but we do enjoy giving gifts.  This year the adults exchanged names, which was fun as it was a surprise and then Silas received a few small presents, from Aunt Kara, Uncle Nick and Grandparents.  😉    One of the Reimer traditions that dad continued to a point was various scavenger hunts through the house.  Most of the time we would have exchanged names for stockings between the 4 of us and then hidden the stocking Christmas morning.  It made for fun memories as well as this year, Nick got to scavenge through out the living room, with the help of Silas to find various clues for his gift in a “hidden” compartment of the box.  Very creative.  We played games and enjoyed each others company and then headed to Teresa’s family Geyer Christmas dinner.  It was a very busy house with her 6 sisters and spouses and kids a plenty.

Monday we enjoyed going to the park, baking peppernuts (with Silas and his cousins),   sharing games, conversation and the evening, my parents got to babysit Silas while the four of us went to dinner and then hit up a local brewery.  We had a lot of fun playing Monopoly Deal and watching all the many people come and greet Josh and Teresa at the Corner Brewery.  Tuesday it kind of snowed and I had arranged with a college friend, Sandy,  to get together with her and meet her son, Joshua. She picked us up, visited with my parents for a bit and we headed out.  We were recommended to a cute little local cafe called Beezy‘s in Ypsilanti.  Sandy dropped us off at home and then Josh took us out to shop at Trader Joe’s and their local Asian Market.  One of the biggest most diverse Asian Markets I’ve been to.  There was a whole room of live sea creatures, you could have killed fresh to eat for dinner: ells, lobster, crab, turtle, and all kinds of fish.  We bought some crab and ingredients to make a creamy curry crab dish for a special celebration of Josh graduating with his Bachelor’s in business finance from EMU.   Wednesday morning, we got up and played more with Silas, until it was time for lunch and then it was time for Nick and I to go to the airport.  We had a great visit with family, but we needed to get home as well.

Nick headed back to work Thursday after being able to watch his brother, Alex play with the Wichita Wings Wednesday night.  Friday was a short day of work for Nick and another game to watch on line.  We got to see Alex score his first goal and the team won against the Missouri Comets, after a very exciting, intense game.

New Year’s celebrations began Saturday morning with a trip to REI, we didn’t make it to the garage sale, but we did go to breakfast with our dear friends, the Sellars.  After catching up with them for a while, back home for a nap and then getting ready for a causal dinner with neighbors and friends.  We had 11 for dinner and one more join us for games later.  We had a blast chatting and although it was a very random group of friends, many of us had traveled internationally, so it was fun to connect in a different way.  We laughed as the men battled the women on Gestures and Catch Phrase, and ended the evening with a pseudo countdown and a champagne toast.   One of our friends spent the night so we invited others over for breakfast Sunday morning.  We ended up with 5 for pumpkin pancakes and eggs, and Mimosas.  It was a great time of sharing together.


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