The last two cards were made by the card makers who live with me. While we were getting ready for Christmas, the kids were banished to the basement. The two of them asked if they could make cards since they were stuck down there. This is what they came up with.
Let me back up. We decided just before Thanksgiving that we would go home for Christmas. It's been a long time since we've been home for Christmas so I forgot how much of a priority it is to get the dog a kennel reservation over the holiday. Of course, I remembered when I saw the kennel owners at the grocery store just a week or so before we were scheduled to leave. After call every place that was recommended to me with no luck we thought we were not going to be going anywhere. That Friday while I was at the school helping with the party, I ran into one of my neighbors. We spoke briefly and turned and walked away. Then, I remembered something I needed to ask her so I called her back. After we finished with that conversation, she asked me if we were going away for Christmas. I mentioned my plight and she recommended one more place I had not called. Although we were resolved to figure out a way to go later, and just enjoy Christmas at home, we held out a hope that a miracle would happen.
So, I called the place and they just had someone come and pick up their pet and had one space available depending on what size dog we had. So here was our miracle. One spot, just opened in our dog's size. We had to switch gears, because while I was hoping for a miracle, I was not preparing for that miracle. I wasn't preparing because I was doing other things-- making Christmas ornaments and wrapping teacher gifts and Christmas shopping at the last minute. We still had not gotten everything we needed for the kids so, my husband and I had to finish shopping that Saturday morning. That brings me to the part about why the kids were banished to the basement on Saturday evening. We were upstairs wrapping and preparing for the "Christmas" we were going to have for the kids later that same evening. I held out a few smaller gifts to bring with us so that they would have something to open on Christmas morning at mom's house.
And now some pics from that night.