Ah, the major portion of the holidays is over and now it's just cruising toward the new year. We had a delightful Christmas. The girls spent the morning with their dad, then came to our house to open presents. Robin and Charles stopped by with some goodies and my mom and stepdad arrived soon after. It was the usual overindulgence with way more presents under the tree than anyone needed, but it was a warm, languid kind of Christmas, not the frenzied, paper and ribbons flying kind. The girls each got an American Girl doll and outfits for them. Kevin found the greatest book for me, Part Asian, 100% Hapa (which deserves a post in and of itself), and a beautiful singing bowl. Kevin got Riedel stemware, fuzzy slippers and STR, dpns and the promise of sock knitting lessons. Our holiday tradition is to share Christmas dinner with our friends Ollivette and E. Gary at their home. Tuesday we drove to Sacramento for another celebration with my stepbrother's family and then spent the night with Kevin's parents.
But he best part of Christmas came before the rest of the presents were opened. Santa slipped a ticket for the Dancing With the Stars Tour into each of our stockings. When the girls discovered them they screamed that eardrum piercing scream made famous by Beatles fans in the 60s.
Last night I left work early and our little family headed to the HP Pavillion in downtown San Jose, braving freezing temperatures, wicked winds and massing crowds. We took our seats in section 216 and waited for the show to begin. The girls were quivering with excitement. The show was phenomenal. The five celebrities: Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Joey McIntyre, Joey Lawrence and Drew Lachey; kept up with the pros through several group numbers as well as danced individual dances with their partners. We hooted and hollered for our favorites and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The waltz that Harry and Lisa danced was particularly touching. Some of the time I couldn't help watching my daughters instead of the dancers. Their faces were rapt with attention and there were tears. Kaelyn can't wait to take dancing lessons and I can't wait to get back to them. It was a night that will live in our family's memory always.