It was a busy but wonderful Christmas Eve day and evening for us this year for sure! Christmas Eve day Sue thought it'd be nice to take a drive. Though not snowing, it was a cloudy, chilly day with patches of fog clinging in the trees. Perfect for a photography adventure.
Except it wasn't.... the fog, which could have provided a great backdrop to some sort of winter scene, just didn't reveal itself. And we drove all through the back roads of Durham, Lee, and Newmarket in search of something, anything, to shoot.
Finally, somewhere in Newmarket Sue spotted a lone deer on a hill in the woods, pawing through the snow. "Stop the car!" Sue shouted, flapping her arms and scrambling to change lenses.
I had to actually turn around, and creep back to the spot Sue directed me to. She wiggled out of the car into a snowbank on the side of the road, and took her shot across the top of the car. Nice. That one shot made the whole trip.
When we got back home, I got a fire going in the fireplace and put on the 1946 movie classic It's a Wonderful Life - more for background than full attentive watching. I started chopping and dinner food prep just after 4:00pm.
I was fixing my mom's Spanish Paella again because we raved about it so much that both Jill and Lucas thought it would be interesting.
I wanted to have all of that done by the time the kids came around 6:00pm: Jill was driving up from Rhode Island after work, Lucas coming over from Bedford, and Colin and Ren from Somersworth. Lucas arrived around 5:30, reporting spots of black ice. Sue texted Jill and I let Colin know. Fortunately, no one ran into any real issues, both coming over and on the way home later that night.
Colin and Ren arrived around 6:00 but it took Jill until after 7:30 to make it. But we all had a great time until around 9:00 when everyone had to head out.