Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to All
We had a relaxing a Christmas Eve dinner at our friends Harry and Wendy house in Castro Valley. The Brewster Boys get along really well with Bethany and Savannah, so we were able just kick back and hang out with our friends. There were plenty of toys for the boys to play with, and I even got to watch the Hawaii Bowl (Nevada v. Central Florida) on television.
Dinner was Chinese Hot Pot, which consists of raw meat, fish and vegatables and boiling cauldrons of chicken broth. You cook it yourself at the table, and then enjoy the leftover broth. The sliced ribeye was especially yummy.
Russell and Punky really enjoyed Wendy's mother's wontons. Wontons are boiled dumplings of pork, shrimp and vegetables wrapped in a pasta-like shell. Sort of like Chinese ravioli. They ate 14 and 4 of them, respectively. In contrast, Bethany and Savannah, who are both older than Russell and Punky, ate 2 and 1 wontons apiece.
Spreading Christmas cheer, Punky asks if we want a shot of brandy
Russell takes his study of insects seriously enough to engage in role-playing
Russell, Bethany and Savannah at the Christmas dinner table
The Three Wise Men
Punky checks out a sleeping Russell
Bethany attempts a Vulcan mind-meld with a sleeping Russell
Punky gets placed on hold during calls to his grandparents wishing them a Merry Christmas
Peace and goodwill towards brothers on Christmas Eve