Paul and I got in late last night from a four-day trip out to Ohio where we visited with my two brothers and their families in Columbus and Cincinnati. Downtown Cincinnati was all lit up for the holidays and quite festive. One of the great things about the area is how accessible the downtown is from the suburbs. We went down to the ice skating rink at Fountain Square and enjoyed the red and green lights on the surrounding buildings...
...and to the Cincinnati Museum Center at the old Union Terminal.
The Cincinnati History Museum there had the most engaging history exhibits I'd ever seen, and I could have spend quite a bit of time there just enjoying them.
But the main attraction of the visit was just being with my brothers, their children, and their grandchildren. Here's a group at the Museum, after seeing the wonderful holiday train display.
Mostly we just visited, enjoying each other's company. Paul especially loved being with his cousins and second cousins.
The two new babies were, of course, great fun to play with.
On Thursday night my brother Glenn and his wife, Jan, had everyone over to their house for dinner. They are such hospitable people, and we had a fun party. After dinner the kids decorated sugar cookies...
...while the adults sampled two batches of "Mom's fudge" to see which most tasted like the great fudge Grandma used to make. Jim's batch easily beat mine out. Turns out I had put in twice as much marshmallow cream as I should have!
It's now 11:00 on Christmas Eve day and I have cleaning, cooking, and wrapping to do before heading out to Virginia to spend the evening with friends there. Ben has already been to the store and over to visit his brother, and Paul has already met with his reading and writing tutor, but about an hour ago I decided not to rush, so I'm still in my pajamas just enjoying the morning. Paul and I are going to finish watching Deck the Halls and then I'll spring into action and at least make the apple pie I'm taking with us tonight.
Be calm, be merry, and have a great Christmas Eve!