Apparently I spoke too soon. Charlie did not actually run away after all. It seems he got sick of his sister coming in for food and warmth all the time and finally got tired of just watching. His previous owners told us that he was an expert mouser who frequently treed raccoons, so I wasn’t too worried about him. He came crying to the door just after Lola came in for the evening and after exploring the whole house and eating, he settled down on the piano keys for a nap. no, we did not name them. yes, we got them on craigslist–where else do you get stuff besides target and costco anymore?
Also, here is a picture from our Christmas Eve, where we still get together with everyone on my Dad’s side of the family. This picture only shows about a quarter of the fun during present time where we all exchange gifts secret-santa-style.