A couple of other highlights include when Hugh, Calder and Luke were laying on the recliner couch on Boxing day enjoying some quiet time. Luke leaned over to Calder who was sitting in the middle and began singing, "If you're happy and you know it rub Calder's head" and simultaneously ruffling Calder's hair. Calder giggled. After a couple of renditions Calder decided he was going to sing his own song. He turned toward Hugh and sang, "If you're happy and you know it slap Dad in the face." And you guessed it. Calder simultaneously wound up and gave Hugh an open hand slap right in the face.
On the way home, Boone said, "More crack". He was referring to crackers and it was the first time he strung two words together. We haven't heard 2 in a row since, but it was pretty cool nonetheless!
Oh, and I missed a photo of my Dad's cousin Barry and actually, come to think of it, Hugh and I, but all three of us were there! I did not miss taking photos of my sister, Jes, and her husband, Nate. They are in the Bahamas. Lucky souls.
*The name "Chinese gift exchange" feels a bit strange, but that is always what we've called it. I did some reading about it and this sort of gift exchange can also be called "White Elephant" or "Yankee". It seems this kind of exchange does not originate in China, but rather in the early 1900's it was used in North America to make the gift exchange seem more mysterious. At that time anything Asian was very secretive and exotic. So - your thoughts. Is calling this kind of gift exchange "Chinese" racist? After reading a definition on racism, I'm inclined to think it is not racist. It likely isn't an accurate descriptor of the game, but there isn't anything negative about the game therefore it shouldn't reflect negatively on the use of Chinese. I am not an expert on these things, so I welcome any other thoughts. One of my pet peeves is the oversensitivity we can sometimes have around race, gender, age, religion, etc. I'm not saying it's okay to be racist, sexist, ageist, etc. Those things are NEVER okay. I'm just saying we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously.