I went to get them Saturday after our longest separation ever. I knew I missed them. I worried about them and prayed for them daily. I missed them powerfully. But, when I saw them . . . . My joy at our reunion was greater than my sorrow at our separation! Randy and I met at the old Movie Gallery and I could scarcely contain myself when I saw the face of first my son and then my daughter. And then when I held them each again, I couldn't hold in my tears.
This was during the first snow fall. Took a shot out my windshield at a stoplight. I thought the roads were bad. I had no idea that this was only a mild warning of what's to come:
On Anna's birthday, we went to see Santa. Matthias asked for Handy Manny, and Santa said "what?" Matthias repeated himself, and Santa seemed confused. Clearly, he's going senile. Surely his elves have made thousands of Handy Mannys. I said, "come on, Santa.... You know, that fix it guy on Nickelodeon?" And then he remembered. I was embarrassed for him.
Oh, Matty's holding a pez dispenser because he and Anna both insisted on bringing a toy to show Santa.
Here's Anna, and she wanted to show him her new Barbie. She asked him for a Diamond Castle, which he failed to deliver, much to Anna's disappointment. Darn that Santa.
Melanie and Aaron:
Jaybo and his girlfriend Shelly. Met her for the first time during Christmas. I dig her:
Mom opening the present I got her and Dad - a collage frame filled with pictures of my family. I think she liked it:
Christmas Eve dinner, the best of all meals. Can't figure out why everyone looks so upset though; the food was fabulous:
Oh Christmas tree, before half the presents were added:
One of my favorite Martin Family staples of Christmas morning, a fire:
Morgan. I don't believe I snapped this shot. With a pen mustache:
Aaron got Melanie the favorite of all gifts. It's called Last Night on Earth: the Zombie Game. Or something like that. Most addictive board game I've ever encountered by a long shot. We all loved it.