Trip from Saskatoon to Davis was quite the journey through freezing temperatures of below -30C; blowing wind; road covered in ice; we drove to Helena, Montana the first day.  Second day drove through road like a skating rink with cars and semis sliding into the ditches; blowing snow; roads covered in snow; but Jerry the hero driver kept our vehicle on the road and we drove to Battle Mountain, Nevada, and then stopped for the day as we needed chains to get through the Sierra Mountains.  We left Battle Mountain early the next morning and the road had been cleared and they were dry so Jerry could speed to his heart’s content!  Went through Reno, Nevada, which is a beautiful setting, and then drove through mountains newly covered with beautiful snow…absolutely gorgeous…arrived in Davis at 1:00 pm and surpised Matt and Jesika by not having to phone and ask directions to their place…we had a secret helper called a GPS…which is actually a gift for Benny and Tamara but we used it on the way here!!!!!

Great stay here with Matt and Jesika just relaxing; going for coffee and great lunches; touring the University Campus; playing games every evening…lots of fun and lots of great language!!!!  We have gone for lots of long walks with the dogs and have been enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather.

We spent yesterday in Old Sacramento which was awesome!  We also toured the Capitol and saw where the famous Arnold Schwarzaneger has his office and we even got to go into his outeroffice.  Very interesting to see all set out on display was his official trading trip to Canada and a picture of him and Harper in hockey jerseys!  Quite funny!

We are spending a relaxing day today waiting for Benny, Tamara and Chela to arrive from El Centro and we will then finish up our Christmas stockings and gift opening.  Matt and Jerry have been playing some racquetball and Matt is enjoying some rock climbing.  We also took a day and drove through the Napa Valley and saw miles and miles and miles of vineyards and wineries everywhere with huge stone mansions!

Tomorrow we head to Oakland to meet up with my sister Doris’ family.  It will be awesome to spend some time with them as over the years when our kids were small, we spent many a Christmas Season together.  We will be heading to Fisherman’s Wharf to browse and enjoy the day…so that will be fun!

We are exciting to hold and hug our little granddaughter and for her to meet her Uncle Matt and Auntie Jesika for the first time.  It will also be a first meeting of Benny with the rest of Tamara’s family.  Hopefully he won’t be overwhelmed with the Canadian content around him!

All in all, it has been a very different Christmas, but very enjoyable!  Very quiet which is unusual for us as we usually have lots of people around over Christmas in Saskatoon.  This has been nice!  Things will get a little busier when Benny, Tamara and Chela arrive!  We are excited!