Tuesday, Dec 1 thru Thursday, Dec 31, 2009
December in Keystone Heights was busy. First of all there was attending performances and activities with our 4 grandchildren - Zachary (14) who plays the baritone in the Jr/Sr High band was in the winter concert at school, provided entertainment one afternoon at the local Farmers’ Market, and marched in the town’s Christmas Parade, Mason (12) had us join him at school for lunch one day, Gage (6) sang with his class (one of five classes) in their Kindergarten Christmas Pageant at school, and Gennasee (3) danced in a Christmas recital and performed with her tumbling class on a float in the Christmas Parade. Then, there were doctor appointments - Drew & I both were attacked by all the germs the young’uns brought home from school, and I ended up with bronchitis & one day was spent with Mason in the emergency room after a fall in PE that was preliminarily diagnosed as a broken collar bone (but wasn’t). Finally, there were Christmas preparations and babysitting with the two younger kids the week before Christmas. The two older boys had gone to their father’s for the week, and mom & dad were , of course, working.
Just as two years ago when Dipt adopted us, one of Heather’s two kittens (3 mos old) decided she’d like to be an RVing kitty. Patches spent much of her time in the RV playing with Dipt and his toys. They got along very well, and her presence seemed to be good for the ailing Dipt. Her sister, Coco, was tolerated by Dipt when she was around, but they didn’t seem to bond. Mean ol’ grandpa Drew said we were NOT adopting another cat!
Our Christmas gift to Heather and Donnie was a week’s family vacation in a nice cabin with a large hot tub just nine miles from Disney World. A day at the Magic Kingdom was, of course, our gift to the four grandchildren. After opening gifts Christmas morning, we loaded up and headed for the Orlando area. We had fun playing miniature golf and shuffle board one day while Genna enjoyed the playground, and everyone but me spent time at Downtown Disney on two different days where they shopped, played in the Lego Park, and dodged water spouts at one of the interactive fountains. And then there was the prized day with Mickey Mouse and Friends.
We were just setting up the RV upon our arrival at the Orlando Thousand Trails when Drew turned around to discover Coco sitting there watching him - a stowaway! Best we could figure was that she must have ridden under the RV, probably on the deck that slides underneath. Heather called home to see if the animal sitter had seen Patches. No! We were all very sad to think that she had also been under the RV but had jumped or fallen off in transit. Six days later, a call from home told us that someone down the street from Heather’s had found Patches - she was scared and hungry but otherwise okay. That news made everyone’s day!!
New Year’s Eve, we decided the safest place to be was home, so Heather and Donnie prepared a wonderful dinner with grilled shrimp, crab stuffed salmon rolls, and steak. After dinner and some time in the hot tub, we had a campfire and made s’mores. We had been told that we could see the Disney fireworks welcoming in the new year by walking down to the lake, a short distance from our campsite. However, young children, exhausted parents, and old folks just couldn’t stay awake that long!
New Year’s morning, Drew & I helped Heather and Donnie pack up - their vacation was over. We drove into Clermont with them for brunch at Bob Evan’s before saying our goodbyes. We probably won’t be back to Florida for a couple of years, such a long time to not see the kids ;- (