Thursday, January 19, 2017

Christmas 2017 at Mama Hop's

Here we are, almost a month later, and I'm just now posting pictures from Christmas at Mama Hop's.  Welcome to life with little ones, folks.  

We were welcomed to Mama Hop's house with open arms, a delectable bounty of Christmas delicacies and an abundance of very thoughtful gifts.  
  Mama Hop scored this super awesome singing Santa Claus.  It's not your standard, run-of-the-mill singing animal.  He was a top-of-the-line luxury Santa Claus with all the bells and whistles like a light up snow globe.  At the end of his song, he yells "Merry Christmas!" to which Josie replies "Happy New Year!"  Every. Time.  Now that Christmas has passed, she still has that Santa serenade her multiple times in a row on a daily basis.  He keeps the Christmas spirit alive at our house! 
  Apparently selecting top notch gifts runs in the family because Leanne proudly gifted Travis this nifty Star Wars tee shirt.  
  And while everyone was joyously exchanging gifts, I happened to see Josie wandering around behind the sofa and she appeared to be munching on something.  With the silence and stealth of a curious mom, I followed her to uncover the source of her contraband confections...
  A Ha!  Busted!  

  Mama Hop should have known that a platter of Christmas cookies within a child's reach wouldn't last long.  The funny part is that Josie is the last one you'd suspect among the three ornery whippersnappers who had invaded her home.  That's what was so brilliant about Josie's cookie heist.  So brilliant, in fact, that I let her go back once or twice before moving the platter to the top of the refrigerator to protect us all from the torment of three kids on sugar highs!
  And, as always, the love fest between Josie and Leanne took priority over gifts, food, or anything else.   
   Sadly, Lydia was in the throes of a nasty cold so we didn't leave the house or make plans to see friends - she just wasn't up for it and we didn't want to inflict our germs on anyone.  However, we still managed to have plenty of fun.  We enjoyed a dance party in Mama Hop's basement.  The girls got to see a real record player with 40+ year old vinyl records.

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' aliiiiiiiiiiiivvvvvve
   Then, the Chief Hug Officer showed up...
  Let me tell you, these days I struggle to pick up Josie in her 38 pound glory and yet Leanne effortlessly hoists her up and carries her around the house as though she were still an infant.  And Leanne is all of 4' 8''!
  My bed is calling so this blog post must come to an end.  Thank you to Mama Hop and to Aunt Leanne for hosting a lovely Christmas visit.  We had a wonderful time!
  Hopefully you'll stop by again soon and see some fresh, new posts because I have a long list of Down syndrome related topics that I've been eager to address.  Fingers crossed for some spare time and energy! 

1 comment:

  1. Love this! The hugging, the black and white floor, the cookie monster... looks like you had a great Christmas. Happy New Year! :)