I hope you all had a merry Christmas. We arrived back last night from a wonderful visit with my family in Cleveland. For as antsy and crabby as I can act when I'm around them (and they all know exactly what I mean), I love my family to death. To have all of my family members in one place this Christmas was awesome.
Spending time with my nephews and niece was particularly great. They treated us to performances of Christmas classics on the piano, accordion, and trumpet. They amazed us with their knowledge and appreciation for art as we checked out the Gauguin exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art. They kicked my butt at Scrabble. And they gave tons of unsolicited hugs.
The fact that their lizard is named after me doesn't hurt either. I think they're the most amazing kids around.