We left for PA on Friday, December 21st and it took pretty much all day to get there. While in the car I knit a pair of booties (from Simple Knits for Cherished babies), and I knit a baby hat that I finished later in the evening when we had settled in. The hat I came up with and was knit on circular needles and dpns. Both are going to be gifted to a co-worker of Hubby whose wife just had a little boy.
On Monday, December 24th, Hubby, Little Man and I had lunch at Chick-Fil-A, ran errands, and then headed home for me to finish up cookie baking. No one else knew it yet, but there was a big surprise making its way to Reading. My sister had arranged to come up for Christmas and recruited me in not only keeping it secret, but also to help on the inside. So she called for my birthday when she arrived in Reading, talked to me the whole cab ride, and then asked to speak to my Mom, then she told my Mom she had to get her keys out and then said, oh wait, I'm at the wrong front door. And then my Mom, well, see for yourself, it was very emotional, my sister hadn't been home for Christmas since 2002. (And let this video be a lesson to you, no one is safe from my camera!)
After the initial excitement, we had chicken divan for dinner and then we headed up the hill to see Santa with the boys. Little Man had up until that point been afraid of Santa, but we had told him that no one who brings presents could be bad. He told us that he was going to tell Cousin Ethan to tell Santa to bring him a Percy train for Christmas. But when we got there he not only sat well for photos, he also told Santa what he wanted for Christmas. Both boys did great and we had a great little outing looking at the lights and walking off dinner before we headed back to the folks' house for birthday cake and present opening.
As you can see from the slide show, we are all a bunch of goof balls. Tradition is that the birthday person wears the bow off their first gift package for a photo. This year after Ethan wanted to wear the bow and then Little Man, everyone took a turn (which was fine by me, I didn't look as silly ;)) I got some great gifts including alcoholic libations from my brother, a chocolate fondue set from my sister, a cardigan set, Paris Smarts book set and A Year in Japan book from my Mom and Pop and the Nanny Diaries and a new bike from Hubby. Hubby took a photo of my bike and put it in my birthday card. Very cool since I taught myself how to ride a bike only in the last 2 years and have been using his. Now I have my own pink bike to cruise around on (stay tune for photos of that). After presents we of course had cake and ice cream, although I'm not showing the photo of my cake for all the world to know how old I just turned, if I want to start hiding my age in the next few years, I figure I need to stop advertising it now!
Next up: Christmas!
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