We began the ritualistic giving of gifts in Missouri, where the girls were given obnoxiously matching pajamas. Sam actually went to bed when she was told that Santa Claus would be coming to drop off presents.
Sam had been persistently asking for a "Dora bike" ever since she started getting the idea that some mysterious being would be bringing her things. Since Dora doesn't care enough about her fans to make her merchandise affordable, we elected to take a hand-me-down tricycle from her older cousin Cooper and smother it with Dora decals and attach a $5 Dora backback to the front. Sam was excited when we brought it out, but when we asked her what she got she said "A bike...with stickers...and a backback." Oh,well. Get used to it, kid.
After festivities at home, we packed up the car and made a 10-hour overnight journey to Denver where we were able to spend two blessed weeks mooching off Wendell and Deanna Tolman and frolicking about Emily Tolman and the Rachel (Tolman) Terry and Allison (Tolman) Benefield familys.
"Then the angel appeared and granted three wishes to the wiseman's camel. 'First, I want a flying machine' said the mischeivious camel."
New book. Beautiful grandmother.
Hyrum Benefield, who is 6 months younger but several pounds heavier than Samantha, spent most of his vacation asking his mother where his Cars were or requesting cheese. The two did manage to bond a bit during "Wonder Pets."
"Holds the world record for the longest bowel movement-over two feet, without a break."
This really is quite relaxing. You can come over and try it.
My father has long been our family's premier jello slurper. He only managed to down the top layer. There's a new king in town. Bow down.
Grumpa the troll.