|Nicole and Madeline|
with brother John and Colleen
We had a nice visit with Nicole's old boss Sean, then headed over to our friend Judy's house. About this time the area got hit with an ice storm, and we decided the wood stove and beautiful view of the mountains on Mount Desert Island won out over the idea of a three hour drive on highways resembling skating rinks. By the time we left the next afternoon they had most of the roads plowed and salted and except for a short icy section of highway the trip went fine. We returned to Nicole's parents to find the power out. Their house, along with about 100,000 other people, lost power during the ice storm. A real bummer two days before Xmas. Thankfully the power went back on for us just a couple of hours after we returned.
Our Christmas eve, Christmas day and the day after was all about spending time with Nicole's family. That and a lot of eating. We opened gifts, with the majority of the packages going to the two little girls. As usual, the wrapping and boxes were just as entertaining as the gifts themselves. Madeline got to meet cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-aunts and uncles, and even her great-grandmother. It was an exciting, entertaining, and exhausting couple of days.
|Madeline with her great-grandmother|