The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

so this is Christmas

Instead of sleds, snowboards, socks, jackets and hats, our  gifts are surfboards, skim boards, shorts, tank tops and flip-flops. Instead of hot cocoa by the fire, we go watch the sunset on the beach testing out our new beach equipment and begging for ice-cold water. Instead of shutting all the doors and windows and watching the snow fall, we open up everything and lay by the pool dangling our feet into the water and long for the Papagou winds to flurry across our face.

Jake showing off his new guitar

Jake and Kassie showing off their new pool horse.

Me offering moral support.

It doesn’t sound like Christmas, but does it feel like Christmas?  It depends. I suppose it feels like Christmas to those born and raised here. I suppose it feels like Christmas to this who have been supplanted here decades ago, but it does not “feel” like Christmas to us, at least not yet.

Dorian sporting his new board shorts on Christmas Day.

A different kind of Christmas.

Jake submarining

boys will be boys.

last one in is a roadkill iguana.

It helped to have mom and grandma here baking and cooking until their backs ached. It helped having 9 different pies and cakes, a well cooked turkey and countless traditional side dishes.It also helped being able to fly to Florida to do a little shopping before the big day. It helped having a great Christmas Eve service at Beach Community Church to ground us. But it was vastly different from any Christmas I have ever had. It wasn’t bad, it was just different. I have a sneaky suspicion the next one won’t feel so different.
Now on to the next holiday, New Year’s eve. I hear they do it big down here, but you’ll just have to tune in to see. We’ll see how different that one feels.

Grandma on Christmas Day

Watch out Grandma!

Too late.

Mom watching the sunset.

Until then, time for me to put on my new flip-flops, my new Billabong board shorts, my new tank top, grab a boogie board, check out the tide on my new tide watch and hit the beach for a little surfing. Nah, still doesn’t feel like Christmas. Oh well, I just need an iced latte with some whip cream and I’ll cope.

Daddy in action

Jeremy trying out his new skim board on a Christmas sunset.



5 responses

  1. Chris

    Merry Christmas Glenn and Family,

    The pictures you posted were amazing. Christmas here in Soldotna was ushered in with 4 inches of snow and a cold breeze in the air. Your sunset and beach looked like an amazing Christmas setting. You were in my familes prayers this Christmas. Stay safe, have a happy new years and keep the SPF 3000 on.

    Talk to you soon. The Jaime’s

    December 29, 2011 at 7:28 am

    • Hey thanks Chris, great to hear from you. It was pretty amazing here, different for sure. The wind made it perfect. The only down part is this week between Christmas and New Years is a big party week down here for the locals from San Jose, so all our beaches are packed. We got used to having them to ourselves. I talk to Paul once in a while and he says you are doing well. God Bless and have an amazing New Year. Glenn

      December 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

  2. Jerry

    Hi you all: What a different Christmas is an understatement. You probably know that we are having one of the heaviest snows in a decade. We, grandpa, Grandma, Mikkelsens, Sandstroms did a snowmachine trip up the mountain. When I got off my snowmachine I sank about 3 feet into the snow. It has been one of those years of tree bending under the load. Sorry that I do not have some pictures to share.

    It looks like your not suffering down there, really enjoyed the pictures. Say Hi to everyone.


    December 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    • Apparently not so different: I went out on the surfboard yesterday, and the water was so deep when I jumped off, it went over my head. Sounds exactly like your adventure. Hard to believe this is the same Pacific Ocean that I spent years scouring for salmon with you, and you continue to scour. Grandma can’t believe it either. I think she is having a good time though. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and God Bless and thanks for the note. Glenn

      December 29, 2011 at 10:05 am

  3. Adora Salley

    Hey you guys know how to have fun. I work with patti at the housing authority.

    August 17, 2014 at 8:02 am

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