We currently have the boat torn apart inside, with some major electrical upgrade work happening at the moment. That means we will spend Christmas through New Year’s Day at my sister’s house in Ft. Lauderdale, house sitting and taking care of her kitty. After that, we move back on board Mahi and start provisioning in anticipation of heading east to the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, we have Christmas to prepare for and celebrate. Yesterday, I bought a small tree at Whole Foods, then because all our ornaments are back in California, Ethan and I made some for the tree, using paper clips to hang them with.
Christmas in Florida is certainly different than back at home. With 80 degree days, you are wearing shorts and flip flops. Homes here like to wrap their coconut palm trees with lights.
We also visited Santa at the Galleria Mall. Ethan has always been too afraid or shy to sit on Santa’s lap for the photo, and this year he was reluctant as well. Santa Claus was terrific, especially after I told him it was Ethan’s first time to ever meet him.
Santa asked Ethan what he wanted for Christmas and his reply was “play-doh.” Santa then asked if Ethan knew what he wanted for Christmas? Ethan shook his head no. Santa replied that he wanted a hug, and got a huge one from Ethan. It was very sweet.
One last photo to share. This is one of my favorite photos of Ethan, taken by the talented Nicole Grosman, a portrait photographer and mom at Ethan’s preschool here in Fort Lauderdale while we have been working on the boat.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Joe, Ethan and I!