Maybe this will get me back into blogging more often? I was sitting here thinking that I at least had to post something about Christmas, if only for the purpose of being able to remember, years from now, what the kids were like!
Of course, Eric and Christmas were a match made in heaven. He is the perfect age: old enough to be so excited and understand all the ins and outs of the holiday – Santa, Jesus, presents both given and received, spending time with family – and young enough to not be totally wrapped up in the stuff. There were very few “large” gifts, none from us, and yet he was so thrilled and so thankful for everything he received. “Mario jammies? That’s my FAVORITE!” “Mommy, a new BOARD GAME!” “Look, I got new bedtime stories!!” Everything, almost literally, was what he “always wanted,” and he was truly appreciative of it all. It was awesome.
And then there was the family aspect, and another year of getting to watch these two grow up together…
They were instantly best friends and playmates, though toward the end of the visit, you could tell they were starting to wear on each other’s nerves just a little bit. (Plus, they were both getting so worn out and exhausted from the excitement that everything was a challenge…)
As for Danny, he had a blast in his own way. He warmed up very quickly to all the family we visited, and he even opened a few presents. At one point, we got him to open 3 or 4 in a row before he abandoned the gift opening to actually play with something he’d received. He was very into giving hugs and kisses all around when asked, started using his words or PECS a bit with people that weren’t me or daddy, and overall had a pretty great holiday. He even spent some time playing with and around the other two!
All in all, it was a pretty great holiday, followed now by a great week of relaxing at home together. Danny’s favorite gifts from this week are probably his LeapPad, his Little People farm book (with about ten billion flaps and words in it), and the Hot Wheels track for the bath tub that totally makes bath tub worth his while. Eric’s are harder to pinpoint, since they are still ALL his favorites, but if I had to choose 3 they’d be Super Mario Galaxy, the Zhu Zhu pet (aka hamster toy) he got from Santa, and his Imaginest stuff. And Danny’s Hot Wheels track for the bath tub, heh. Danny got to play with it first for a bath, and Eric came in halfway through and gave a wounded, “Mommy! Why don’t I get to play with THAT?!?!” Honestly though, when it comes to Eric, there are no flops or least favorites – he’s having a hard time deciding what to play with at any given time.
That’s how Kate is, though she’s much younger… she plays with pretty much everything, going from one to the next, heh.
Sounds like a perfect Christmas to me…. wish we could have been there to share the joy. I am so happy that everyone liked their gifts. Happy New Year…. lets make it a great one. Love, mom