Amara spent the night with us last night. I was thinking that we hadn’t really done anything blog worthy until I sat here tonight with Grampy and looked at the pictures. I know I’ve said before that I love living in the digital age but it’s true. When Amara’s Mommy was little I would have had to wait days to get to see the pictures that we took and it would have cost me a small fortune. It was so much fun to sit here tonight with Grampy, look at them, and remember just how much fun we had doing "nothing special".
The evening of course started with playing Princess. Amara looked so cute. She just recently lost her first top tooth and she had just gotten her hair cut today. She put on her crown and grabbed her Disney Princess Magic Wand and told me that she was Princess Amara and as usual I was the Evil Witch.
I went to the kitchen for a few minutes to start dinner and she went off to find Grampy in the office working. I decided to sneak in and check my email. Amara is so cute. She asks me “So, how are things in Amaraland?” I told her that Grampy had done his first post and she wanted me to show it to her. Seems like just yesterday she wanted me to read my posts to her. This time she started reading it to me. I can’t believe how much her reading skills have improved this year, both Grampy and I were impressed. So while we were at the blog, her sitting in my office chair which she stole from Twiggy, and me on my knees next to her, I thought it would be fun to go look at the first posts I had done. Hard to believe I’ve had this blog almost a year.
Well wouldn’t you know that first post we came to was about how much she loved playing Star Wars? Why did I let her read that post? Now we had to go play Star Wars while we finished getting dinner ready. The costume didn’t change and I didn’t see any real difference in the game — just the names changed. She was now Princess Leia. She talked Grampy into playing Darth Vader while I finished dinner.
To go with dinner Amara had brought a Mickey Mouse Christmas movie that we had watched a few years ago. Last week we had watched Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium starring Padme Amidala, aka Natalie Portman. I’d liked that movie much better! But it was still fun because we were doing it with her. When the movie was over she was off to bed and the discussion of what would we do in the morning? We love our morning activities and we had 3 great choices.
First choice was making the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Holiday House that Mommy had gotten us to do. This would be so much fun. We had been searching for a Gingerbread House to do but everything we had found was un-assembled and I said No! The pre-assembled ones have spoiled me. So Jenna had found this Holiday House and it would be a great morning activity.
Second choice would be helping Grandma to put up the Christmas tree. Her Mommy thought she would go for that one as she had been bugging them to put up a tree. They have a new dog, Bogey and Bogey destroys everything. They also have a cat named Uri, Upper Respiratory Infection, who last year took out most of the Christmas bulbs. They’re a bit concerned about the Christmas tree.
Amara also wanted to go Christmas caroling. She would sleep on it and decide in the morning.
Christmas caroling won. Yes Amara and I went out and sang Christmas carols. She was really hoping that the neighbors would come out and join us. That was not what I was hoping! It was only about 60 degrees out this morning. I know that is a lot warmer than where many of you are but it was chilly for us and Amara had not brought her warm coat. So! We put her in one of Grandma Kc’s Christmas sweatshirts that Grandma Donna made. Amara was so impressed with Grandma Donna’s sewing. She’s kind of hoping that Grandma Donna will make her one that fits! We put rubber bands around her wrists to try to hold the sleeves up. She looked so cute, and it kept her warm!
We had a blast! We walked down the sidewalks at 10:30 AM on a Saturday morning singing Christmas songs. Just the 2 of us. At least she didn’t make me stop in front of each of the houses, we just sang as we walked. Amara’s Mommy asked me if I sang? I did. It’s amazing the silly things you can do behind the mask of being a Grandma.Tags: Amara, AmaraLand, Christmas, Christmas carols, Christmas tree, costumes, Grampy, Grandma, movies, Princess, reading, singing, Star Wars, walks