The weekend before school got out, we were busy, busy, busy with parties. Joe had a work party on Friday night, the 14th, that was for employees only. He said that he'd probably be home a little after midnight. Around midnight I got a text from him saying that they had just finished the main course and there was still a big presentation, dessert, etc... he wouldn't be home for a while! We have to get used to these parties down here! He didn't come home until 3AM!
The next morning the company had the family Christmas party. It started at 11am. Do you think any of the employees were there when it started? No way!!! The kids had a blast. It was all you can eat cotton candy, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, face painting, bounce houses, trampolines and of course SANTA. I was shocked when they called each of the kids up by name and they all got to sit on Santa's lap (Luke declined) and then he gave them each a huge, wrapped, gift! I think the kids were as shocked as I was! We were expecting candy canes!
Luke didn't want to leave.
But we had to so we could get home in time for me to make food for our ward's Christmas party that evening. There was a huge turn out! The Bishop gave a Christmas talk and then for the entertainment... get ready...each of the gringo families singing Christmas carols. Yep! Hysterical. Jake didn't want to sing, so he took his drum sticks and pretended to lead us. Kate, Joe and I belted out a fantastic rendition of "Away in a Manger," while Luke stared at all of the faces smiling back at him. I'm sure it was top notch. Santa came to visit that night too, and once again, each child was given a wrapped gift. I couldn't believe it! Then we realized that this might be one of the few gifts some of these children receive this year, so the congregation wanted to make it really nice for them.
A wonderfully busy Saturday to get us in the spirit of a summer Christmas!