It was worth visiting Red Rocks, the huge outdoor amphitheater in the foothills. It was a bit chilly that day, but the place offers spectacular vistas and a different geology than either of the Vietnamese had seen before. Built during the depression, it hosts many concerts throughout the year. I love how the place was kept "interesting" rather than just bulldozing everything down and build something from man-made materials. It really is a very kewl place. It kept Tuan busy with his camera and Trang busy posing.
It was worth it to experience snow - there were two snow storms in Denver while we were there. I've already documented the first snow. The next one introduced them to the more mundane aspects of snow - like getting rid of it. I thought of having them shovel snow, but my brother has a snow blower.
It was worth it to harass the local population of Canadian geese. Knowing its a lot more fun to hear them squawk and see them fly, she ran towards the feeding flock, waving her arms and making lots of noise so as to take pictures of them taking off. Doing that is fresh-fallen snow made it even more fun. The geese probably thought otherwise.
But, it was Christmas. Trang had spent last Christmas with us in Orlando with our son and his family, so she had seen an American Christmas before, but Tuan had not. With no kids around, we didn't get up particularly early and we all had to have a little coffee first, but then everyone dived in - and Trang played Santa Claus by handing out the presents. We all got a bit goofy.
The Mystery Guest Blogger (otherwise known as my wife) loves to stuff the stocking with inexpensive but fun items - that is her yearly challenge to herself. The old standby paddle-with-a-rubber band-and-ball made for a lot of laughs.
Even Rufus had fun and made a new friend.
Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas.