|Sister knows that Grandma has a soft spot for all that cuteness and will "feed" her at command.|
Then after dinner, the kids spread out in chairs watching football, playing video games, or sharing girl stories in their own little way.
No matter where you stand in the circle, you are loved. You are celebrated. You are embraced with open arms. Tradition, family, and the most important of all...LOVE.
The Friday after used to be our Black Friday shopping trip before the madness. Now with the internet and online shopping, we celebrate Addy's early birthday with my family. She'll be 9.
My oldest has embraced her sister and Sarah adores and emulates Addy. Addy includes her in learning about the 3rd grade Cootie Catcher!
She is amazing with Sarah. She can get Sarah to do things, we adults cannot.
Another tradition my mother started was to ice birthday cupcakes with cousins. Sarah saw a cupcake and took a bite before learning the icing is so much better on the cupcake.
The cousins planned a raffle and VIP seating for her party and she could hardly contain herself.
The elves made their way back from the North Pole, complete with new ornaments for the tree. After one week with Sarah, Austin's elf was rushed to Andy's ER for neck surgery. He's recovering well, thank you.
And tomorrow, we embark on another tradition. Both grandparents are traveling with us to a "special event" for the night. Celebrating our first Christmas with Sarah and celebrating Addy turning nine.
Traditions, family, LOVE. It's a wonderful thing.