So Brandon and I trekked up to Portland for Christmas in the car with the cats. We both had to work part day on Christmas Eve, so we left in the afternoon and drove to Redding and spent the night to break up the drive. Since we were going to be spending Christmas Eve on the road, I decided to do a little stocking exchange (we had already exchanged gifts earlier in the month). It ended up being even more fun and exciting than I anticipated! I think Brandon and I both gave each other things that were totally unexpected but perfect! The kitties enjoyed exploring the hotel room and perching on the high wardrobe in the room–Ben sat up there most of the night.