Our two weeks in Nebraska have truly been wonderful. Jim and Mary Kay have been amazing hosts, and Henry and Ruby have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with their grandparents and all of their cousins. We made many great memories this Christmas Vacation. Though I don’t consider this to be the defining story of our break, we will probably always remember this as the trip that began and ended with vomit. The night before we left for Nebraska, Ruby vomited in bed. Miraculously, we flew across the country without incident. Then, in the middle of our first night at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, Henry vomited in his sleep. All over his sister, who screamed bloody murder after such a rude awakening. Both recovered quickly, and we’ve had a nice vacation. We are scheduled to fly home in the morning. And so, like clockwork, Henry vomited multiple times tonight. Ruby has so far been spared. I wish I could say the same for Jim and Mary Kay’s carpets.
The Fry Lodge Christmas Vacation continues from frigid Omaha, Nebraska. We have been reminded just how cold it can get in winter – The thermometer read 0 degrees when we woke up this morning. Luckily we have family to keep us warm. Tonight we enjoyed fondue with Paul, Leah, Charlie and Lauren, followed by Rockin New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Ruby stayed up just long enough to watch Taylor Swift perform from Times Square. Henry didn’t last much longer. Happy New Year to the Fry Lodge Faithful.
The Fry Family Quartet spent Christmas in Omaha, Nebraska this year. It’s been so nice to spend the holidays at Jim and Mary Kay’s house. With all their cousins under one roof, Henry and Ruby have been in kid heaven. We’ll have even more family gathered today, as we expect many Cornhuskers to stop by to watch Nebraska take on USC in the Holiday Bowl. Go Big Red.
Being back in the Pacific Northwest for the holidays means we can bring back our tradition of cutting down our own Christmas tree. Not that there’s necessarily anything dreadfully wrong with getting one’s tree on a sidewalk outside of one’s big city apartment. This year, we traveled to Big Lake Trees outside of Mt Vernon. We of course cut down a noble fir (some traditions never change). But now we’re able to add a twist: every member of the Fry Family Quartet is finally old enough to take a turn with the Fryman saw. Big Lake is nice – lots of different types of trees and very friendly people. We found out that Big Lake Trees was started in 1974 by Bob Winlkeman, who grew up on a farm in Nebraska! Now we have to go back next year.
With Jim and Mary Kay in town, we traveled to Brooklyn on the day after Thanksgiving for a Husker party. Too bad the Cornhuskers didn’t show up. We still had a great day, complete with backyard grill time and ginger bread house construction. The cousins have gotten a healthy dose of each other’s company. Go Big Red.
I got a hall pass this weekend to do a road trip with Brian, Paul and Jonathan to see the Huskers play Penn State in Beaver Stadium, the 2nd largest stadium in North America (and 3rd largest in the world). It was a perfect day for football: snow flurries, freezing temperatures, good friends, and a Husker win in overtime. Thanks for the hall pass, Kristine. Good to be home.