Highlights of the Week
- Hanukkah and Christmas rolled by with much excitement and happiness
- We are really enjoying our Christmas break. My favorite part is daily naps for us, adults, while Smarty plays or reads.
- We have balanced nicely spending time with friends and our time as a family. It’s been a very happy week!
Christmas EveWe spent Christmas Eve at our friends’ place. Smarty was the oldest kid there and was behaving rather well despite late hour. She was thrilled with her present from our friends – this interactive Encyclopedia Britannica Science Library.
We are “mean” parents and don’t allow our daughter to wake us up early on Christmas morning. We started opening presents at around 9:30 am. Smarty was a little disappointed that she didn’t get one thing that she wanted (a kit to grow exotic plants), but we figured that it’s an important thing to learn that you don't always get everything you want and that she can buy it with her own money if she really wants it. She was delighted, however, to get another present that she wanted for several years now and finally can really use – a pogostick. My favorite present was a windproof fleece jacket from my husband.
Horses and First GeocachingWe also spent some time with Smarty’s school friends with two great playdates on Monday or Tuesday. Tuesday playdate was a trip to the local horse stables with three other families. The kids got to feed horses and then we all went on 2 hour hike in the mud to look for geo caches. Smarty had a blast with it, especially since two out of 5 caches we found contained trinkets for the kids to take home (they brought their own trinkets to exchange with those in the cache). It was great seeing Smarty enjoy this time in the wild with her school friends (two pairs of twins and another boy from her class). Now we hope that she will have a lot more interest in hiking if it’s paired up with looking for geo caches.
Favorite Memory of the Week
Green woods of Northern California, and kids happily running down the hill, enjoying the total freedom of their Christmas break!