Tuesday, December 25, 2007

'Twas the Night Before Christmas....

....and everything is set. This is my first, live Christmas tree in nearly twenty years, my wife's first and of course our kid's first. We were really happy with how it came out though we've had it since late November so it's soon to be on life support.

The little Santa under the tree sings a dozen or more songs. My wife bought it for a buck or two last year in my Mom's town in California at an antique-type store. One of her pride Christmas decoration buys.

My Mom arrived about ten days ago for a one-month stay. Though her fifth trip to Saipan, this is the first Xmas that we've spent together since 1993 and her first with her grandkids. Reference for anyone who will be picking up friends or family who are flying over on the prop-plane from Guam: you don't have that 20-30 minute cushion anymore for clearing baggage and customs. Continental's scheduled arrival time: 8:50pm. Richard and I arrived at the airport at 8:50pm. Look at the photo, there is nobody else around. She had only been waiting for about ten minutes but there was nobody there with her except a taxi guy keeping her company while praying that I don't show up. Great welcome for someone who has been traveling for nearly 24 hours.

I stopped by Godfather's after work on Friday for a quick happy hour. It was still early so pretty much all that was going on at that time is shown here.

Sunday we went to the Hotel Nikko Saipan for brunch. Super resident deal for just $16 all-you-can and that includes use of the swimming pool after you eat.

As far as hotel grounds, the Nikko is still one of our island's best.


From the SaipanSteele's


Bruce A. Bateman said...

Merry Christmas, Randy, to you and your Family.

Welcome Randy's Mom!

SteeleOnSaipan said...

Thanks Bruce, same to you and yours as well as the Porky's family. Mom's having a blast with her grandkids, if there were something even slightly closer to four seasons here, she wouldn't leave.

glend558 said...

A good year to you Randy and family