Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas 2009

First of all, we arrived in Nebraska just ahead of a blizzard. We got in yesterday afternoon, and it has been snowy and windy ever since. Our original holiday plans were cancelled (we couldn't make the drive to Holdrege), so we hunkered down at Troy's parents' house and made the best of it.

Now, on to the Christmas festivities! Julia found an Elmo phone from Santa this morning. The picture below needs no explanation:
Santa came through for our Peanut this year. Evelyn got the number one thing on her wish list - a CSX train set on the HO scale, as she puts it. This is her first real model train set, made by the Atlas Trainman company. Uncle Eric had a hand in helping Evelyn request just the right kind of train set, and he did a fantastic job. Evelyn's set came with a locomotive, three freight cars and a caboose. It has a power pack that controls the direction and speed of the train. Over the course of the day, Evelyn rearranged the order of the freight trains several times, and she ran it around and around and around the track. The look on her face in the picture below says it all.

We had a delicious Christmas dinner in between opening presents, plus lots of playing at Grandma and Grandpa Luster's house. Here is a picture of one of Santa's elves which sums up the mood of the day: