We had plans to celebrate Christmas with our NY family quite some time ago, but things did not work out. So, we headed to Grandma and Grandpa's two weekends ago to celebrate Aunt Ry's 40th birthday, and we had our Christmas while we were there!
It was great to see everyone. The kids were thrilled to play with their grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousin. Oh, and Rosie (the dog), too! In fact, when we were getting ready to go, Jack told me he didn't want to go to the purple house. He wanted to live at Grandma's. We had a fun weekend and were happy we could be there for Aunt Ry's party. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Aunt Kathy and Uncle Frank, and Mim- one of the kids' four great-grandparents. They are pretty lucky to have these special people in their lives. They loved the Valentines that everyone brought. Thanks, everyone, for your generosity!
The kids just recently stopped listening to Christmas music every day (we have now switched to The Monkees), so they didn't really seem fazed by the fact that we were celebrating Christmas again. They were pretty happy about it, actually! Mairead LOVED the barn. It has animals and a million pieces. In other words, it's perfect for her. The boys had a great time with their fire trucks. They talk, have sirens, change shape, and shoot little foam balls. What’s not to love? Grandma and Grandpa did a great job picking out fun gifts.
The boys loved their Thomas playsets from Aunt Ryane, Uncle David, and Rachael. And, Rachael picked out a LaLaloopsy (am I getting that right?) doll for Mairead that is just like hers. It’s very sweet to watch the girls together. They have a very special relationship already.
It was nice to spend some time with our family and to just relax together. Most winters, we would have taken the kids sledding on the big hill on the property, but there was just no snow! The kids did get to see a bit of snowfall Saturday morning, but it was gone as quickly as it came.
Thank you to everyone who made the weekend special!