We journeyed four hours to my parents’ home for Christmas and it was a great trip. Christmas day in Auburn was dreary – wet and gray – but it was wonderful. My parents – the girls’ Bibi and Pop – had all sorts of things for the girls and Bibi did some great cooking.
The girls were spoiled by all of the gifts from my parents and my sister. The list below is far from complete, but it gives an idea of what the girls received –
Both received – tons of books, Madame Alexander dolls, laptops, Minnie Mouse pajamas, and Hello Kitty cups, plates and bowls. (Minnie Mouse has a strange hold on the girls. How does Disney do it?).
C – got a toy train made out of wooden blocks, a Melissa & Doug puzzle, a stuffed dog named Violet, and a toy vacuum that her big sister has already “stolen.” She loves her gifts, but she also likes to play with boxes and bows.
We were talking about Santa Claus and someone said “ho ho ho.” C immediately went “uh uh uh” in exactly the same rhythm. She’s becoming very verbal.
E – got a toy kitty grooming kit & carrier, Leslie Patricelli books, and a sit and spin.The Patricelli books are a favorite.
Also, E was 26 months old on 27 December.
The Christmas story would not be complete without a mention of the car rides to and from Mobile. We’ve found that the girls get “a little jumpy” on the four-hour trip, so we have decided to invest in a portable DVD player for the car. Normally, we don’t let them watch TV, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Also, after getting back to Mobile, we discovered that we had left a book, a camera, the girls’ coats, & their jackets in Auburn. My parents rushed them to us and we got them back today.