We had such a wonderful time visiting family last week.
The drive north wasn’t too bad. The girls were pretty good. Tessa slept most of the drive and Sabrina talked for 1o solid hours. We spent a day and a half in Ohio. Uncle Mikey loves to feed Sabrina sugar. Sabrina eats pretty healthy food outside of our trips home so I don’t get too uptight about it. She enjoyed a mini donut while waiting for her eggs (and surprisingly Uncle Mikey didn’t have anything to do with it).
It is probably a good thing that Uncle Mikey and Aunt Rusty live so far away. Aunt Rusty ran out to buy Sabrina a play cell phone after discovering we hadn’t brought hers and Uncle Mikey ignored our determination that it wasn’t time to open gifts yet. But I guess that is why being an aunt or uncle is fun. The girls enjoyed their time with them and with “Grandma Freedebt” as Sabrina called Grandma Freida.
Aunt Rusty and Tessa:
The girls with Grandma Freedebt:
And Sabrina discovered her love of kitties while we were home. She loved Aunt Rusty’s kitty and our friends’ cat, Frankie (easily the coolest cat ever), and wanted to love my in-laws’ cats but they weren’t having any part of her.
Then we headed to Pennsylvania for a couple of days. We hung out with family and spent a few hours with friends. It was just 48+ hours of warm and fuzzy togetherness – we could have made a damned Hallmark commerical. Or Folgers because they used to make some tear jerkers – remember the guy who came home from college to surprise his mom and then his little sister snuck down the steps while he was making coffee? “Peter’s home!” Gawd. Anywhooo…
Tessa in her cute Christmas outfit:
The girls with Pap-pap:
Tessa spent 2 1/2 days napping on Pap-pap’s chest and now wants nothing to do with napping in her swing/bassinet/bouncy chair/crib. And Sabrina had a large and adoring audience for 5 straight days. She is having trouble adjusting to life as something other than a rock star.
My favorite photo from the week:
Spending the week up north made us home sick. It also made us sad that everyone else is missing out on being part of our girls’ daily lives and that our girls won’t be surrounded by family and friends except on holidays and trips. But despite the fact that those things suck, no matter how we turn things around in our heads, the economy in our home states is far worse than it is here. We couldn’t go home again even if we wanted too. That sad note aside, we had a wonderful holiday. I hope each of you did as well. I can’t wait to get caught up on my blog reading and see everyone’s holiday photos.