We had another wonderful Christmas holiday weekend, though it was too short, as always. The special bonus to Carol and I was the fact that Katie made the Trek up from Sacramento two days in a row to spend time with the family.
On Friday I was off work for the day and Carol got off work at 2:00 PM. Carol and Katie got to the motor home at around 3:00 PM and we headed up to Bill and Sandies in Pioneer to join Brandee, Kevin, Marge and Daniel in a Christmas eve celebration with Sandy and Bill. Sandy had prepared a wonderful spread of Turnkey and pork roast and many other goodies to enjoy. Katie took a while after dinner to go visit with her dad Bryan and his parents. Though we miss Katie when she leaves, we are always glad that she gets to spend some time with her grandmother and grandfather.
After Katies return to Sandy and Bill's we opened presents and then enjoyed some pie for desert. The problem with the holidays for Carol and I is the fact that it is tough to keep the weight off when we are surrounded by all of this tasty food. We also have a few well meaning people in our lives that are sabotagers of our diet by giving us gifts like Chocolate covered Candies and such that will do nothing but add to our waist lines. But, it's the holidays, so I guess we should be expected to cheat a little bit.
On Christmas day, Carol and I woke up stocking stuffers. Those were gift enough for us, but we had more to open once Katie and Russ arrived. After breakfast, Carol and I started getting Christmas dinner ready. I had baked pies in the convection oven on Friday, so we then cooked a turkey breast and a beef roast in the convection oven through-out the day. Katie and Russ arrived around 2:00 and we opened presents. We always enjoy our gatherings with Katie and Russ, regardless of what we are doing. The high-light of the gift opening was Carol's new purse that she got from Katie and Russ and the new Jacket that Katie got from her mom and I.
Around 4:00 Sandy and Bill arrived for dinner. There was nice chit chat going on while we finished getting dinner ready for the 6 of us. Once again, we set up the banquet table in the mo-ho and sat down to a wonderful feast. Thanks to Carol's expert cooking using the Convection oven and Bill's expert carving, the Turkey and the roast came out perfect.
Our next big event is going up to Oregon for New years eve in a week. Tune in for that update later. Happy camping! - Eric and Carol -