But make no mistake, this is a Secure Facility. I would have liked to have taken pictures of my children running up to get their presents, but, The Rules do not allow cell phones inside The Facility. The kids didn't care - when their dad's name was called out, the hollered and cheered and clapped and when their names were called the ran full speed to the front of the room to claim their prizes. After the presents were distributed, we went to the dining room for cookies and snacks and juice and coffee. It was nice. The FSS had purchased two football uniforms from Scheel's - one Steelers and one Vikings - for each of the dudes....
And they immediately ripped them out of the boxes and put them on over their clothes and ran amok (well, as amok as was tolerated in a Secure Facility) around the joint. They were the stars of the show. And I'm so glad they had fun.
We also got to spend some time outside of the Secure Facility. For 12 hours at a time, we are allowed to go to up to four places so we got to do some Christmas shopping, have a nice dinner together and play in the pool at the hotel, lay around and watch t.v. and just kind of almost be a normal family again. It was nice.
I would also like to give a great big shout-out kind of thank you to the local businesses who donated presents for the kids. They were all awesome and they were all a giant hit!