Chris had the week following Christmas off and we were able to spend the entire week in Kansas City with our friends and family. It was GLORIOUS. I read for pleasure, sometimes slept in, drank coffee without reheating it four times in the morning, and had delicious meals each night without having to lift a finger or plan a meal in advance. A girl could get used to that. So allow me to recap our trip via pics. Sit down. This one is a long one.
We left Rochester Saturday morning and make it to KC in time for some dinner and presents at my parents' house. We tried something new and didn't borrow a DVD player for Lakin (mostly due to a lack of planning ahead on my part) and discovered she takes naps without Dora constantly yapping at her. She also loves to look at books and Highlights magazines. Not too bad without the telly to entertain her.
Lakin received some Princess dolls, a homemade skirt and pillow and a homemade I Spy game (which is perfect to stick in a bag and pull out in a store). Bennett received those homemade soft blocks and a wet bag for a his diapers. He was elated. As usual. :)
My mom took us to Crown Center to check out the holiday display and activities for kids. There's a Santa's Play Land that Chris and I both frequented each Christmas as kids. It's now more Crayola themed than Santa but still quite magical. Lakin ran around and climbed in this play area for a while.
Lakin loved her time at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
After staying with my folks we moved our stuff five minutes down the road and spent the last part of our time with Chris' family.
Gigi helps Lakin put on her new Dora watch. Now maybe I can tell her wake up time is not until 7:30am and she'll stay put in her room until then...
Gigi and Lakin read a coffee table art book probably ten times while we were home. They sat and looked at all the fine art and Gigi would tell her about the art or artists. Lakin's favorite was the Thinker. Clearly.
It was so good to be home for a week. Loved being with family and friends. It fed my soul.
Thanks for hanging with this picture heavy post. It is mid January and I'm still talking about Christmas, but you know...