Where were we for Christmas you might ask? After a visit to Redding to see Grandma and Grandpa, and a magical few days with my sister in Oakland, we came over to Mariposa to spend a week or two with my parents. We also had my two oldest nieces join us here for a Christmas. My oldest sister moved to Morocco this summer so they were left without the traditional home to return from college. The boys loved having their giant cousins around.
Literally the hour we arrived here, Mom had a leap in the Polaris and run around delivering Christmas cookies to their neighbors. We sang "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" at each door. They live way out in the country so the neighbors were rather surprised to find us at their door. We made quite the motley crew as my parents are in their 70's, my nieces are two towering blondes at 5.9 and 5.11 and then two little brown boys and myself. One neighbor had really gotten overwhelmed with some sad events in her life and let her beautiful yard go to the weeds. We offered to come back the next day and help her out. We did just that and spend two hours weeding, raking, mowing and hauling to make her yard look beautiful once more. It is one of my favorite Christmas memories as the neighbor was so touched and you could tell it meant the world to her that we did this.
Here is Babu helping the boys with an old Erector Set.
When we got home we once again did the squishy present on Christmas Eve. This time we included all the grown ups so we all got new PJs.
The boys in their new footie jammies. Yared is going to have to give up footies soon as it is hard to find his size, but he loves them so much.
We came out and found a note from Santa that said, "To the two good Little boys staying here. I was too tired after my long night and the chimney looked too small so I am taking a little nap in the round house near by. Please let me sleep until after breakfast and then come wake me up." Both boys knew it was Babu but Nati still has enough childness in him that he isn't quite sure what to believe and was all excited to wake Santa up.
Another great Christmas full of good memories, but we are already looking forward to next year when we will have Daddy home with us once again.