‘Tis the Season…

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays dear friends,

Even though it’s still in the 90’s around here, we’re in the Christmas spirit. We’ve had a bit of an unusual December for us but we’re embracing the differences. We’re still dreaming of a white (sands) Christmas as we head to Thailand for a little R& R. School ended today for 3 weeks and we fully intend to soak up every minute of relaxation that we can. There’s quite of bit of bling around here between the lights and tinsel and it’s fun to see how the different cultures in our area (mostly Vietnamese, North American & European) mash up for the Christmas holiday. The entrance to our neighborhood is seriously lit up for the holiday!

Happy Holidays to you!

Happy Holidays to you!

Candy Cane Lane?

Candy Cane Lane?

Both Bailey & I have had the opportunity to help out in our community. Bailey’s had the chance to work with her school with a local school for disabled children. She was excited to tell me about the little boy who wouldn’t leave her side and insisted that she play all of the games with him. Who says a language difference can’t be overcome?

For me, I’ve had a great chance to volunteer with some friends at the St. Joseph Charity School. It’s a wonderful school run by some tireless ladies to serve the neediest children. We’ve gone a few times to work in the classroom. Recently, we got to spend the morning at their Christmas party. It was so much fun to see them put on a show full of singing & dancing. The best part was passing out presents to them. They were so excited! To see the excitement of a child opening a gift will always makes my heart swell.

So excited to find out what's in the bag.

So excited to find out what’s in the bag.

These two boys were making me laugh. They couldn’t stop wrestling the entire program.

kids being kids

kids being kids

Look at that face!

Look at that face!

We are wishing you all the happiest of holidays and hope that you are surrounded by those who love you.

April, Tony & Bailey

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