I guess I should start with Christmas and will blog later about other subjects...
This Christmas I took off almost a full two weeks from work between holidays, vacation and sick days I only had to work for about a half of a day in the middle. Turns out that putting in that half day was good for my coming back to the office yesterday because I could hit the ground running just a little bit.
We spent the first week visiting with Paul and Sarahlynn and their girls in St Louis. Aside from plane delays on the Baltimore side of both flights, it was a wonderful time away. The extra two hour delay on our way out was certainly not the best way to start a trip, but Abby was a great sport. I took her over to the B gate at BWI and we found some children headed out to Orlando to play with. They danced, jumped and chased each other for so long that Anny texted "everything okay?"
Since we only get the cousins together every six months or so, for now, it always makes me just a little bit nervous about how they will react to each other. Turns out, once again, that there is nothing to cause concern! We arrived so late Saturday that the cousins (two girls, one 23 months, one five years) were long asleep, so the first re-meeting would wait for the morning. Since we were on east coast time, and they are an hour behind us, we were up first. As everyone began to wake up, it was like a wonderful reunion for all three of them!
Abby had used the word "mine" two times the weekend before, but perfected it while we were there! Anny and I keep comparing the three of them to the seagulls in Finding Nemo:
It really was adorable when it comes right down to it.
It was great to spend time with Anny's family, even though our time was short.
The week of New Year's we were home. We were sure to figure out something out of the house during the day, and got to catch up with friends during the week too. We took Abby to the play areas at two malls (Columbia - A+ and Tysons Corner - B+) as well as the massive fish tank at our local Bass Pro Shop. She was amused and happy to have us around, I think.
Now we have all settled back into work and school and are getting the routine of life back down. I would say that Abby does really well at that, too. I know that she does better than I do, after all!
More blogging to come later this week - not sure which topic will fire me up, but lots of things are simmering!