Our trip to Maui always starts on Christmas Eve!

Gus drew a giant banner for us with islands and volcanos and two boys pretending to be sharks!

And Harper wrote this beautiful card.

Gus made the hors d’oeuvres
—blackberries with whipped cream! On toothpicks!

The menu! And oh my! Everything was SO de-lic-ious!

Gus had some energy to burn off so he and I headed outside. But it was soooo
cold (and Grandpa didn’t have snow pants) I didn’t last long.

Hoppin’ John (Karen’s wanted to try this for a long time. And we both loved it.)

Smoked ribs and sausage. Best I’ve ever had.

Chess pie (Another thing Karen’s wanted to try.) Gus had Whipped Cream Application Duty.

And big hugs sent us sweetly on our way.