We are having such a wonderful visit home in the ol' US of A. We spent the first week and a half in Virginia. We split our time between Richmond, where we got to meet our newest Godson, Davis (he is an absolute angel), and Nova, where we got some QT with Brian's siblings, parents and our niece and nephews. Kaneu has LOVED spending so much time with his cousins and Godbrothers. He really loves them all so much and it makes me a little sad that these experiences are so few and far between. We love living in London, but these visits home really tug at my heartstrings and make me homesick.
Kaneu and his "Virginia" cousins - Ryan, Mark and JordanChristmas was super - we all got spoiled rotten, especially Kaneu. Seems that NONE of the grandparents took into account that we would need to transport the gifts back to London. We shipped one box from VA full of Christmas goodies and I just returned from buying the biggest suitcase I could find to carry home the rest of the booty. Hopefully everything will fit. On top of fitting the gifts into the suitcases there's also all of the normal "stuff" that I like to stock up on while in the US. That would be lots of toiletry items, craft supplies for Kaneu, clothes for me, shoes for me, fabric (just realized I haven't been to the fabric shop yet!) etc. I like to shop, and when I'm in the States I tend to go overboard as though I may never see a Target, Nordstrom or CVS again. I guess you could say I'm a hoarder when it comes to shopping. For instance, tonight I intended on buying one black camisole to go with my New Years Eve outfit, but for some reason I came home with 4. Why? Because everything is so darned cheap here (compared to London) and I loved the jewel tone colors they came in. I just can't let an opportunity pass me by where I can get a nice little tanktop for $8. Call me crazy. Don't even get me started on shoes. I need to buy stock in zappos. Okay, back to Christmas.
Kaneu had so much fun with all of the holiday traditions. He has loved watching Frosty the snowman. He has seen it at least 10 times. He refuses to watch Rudolph though b/c he's a afraid of the Snowmonster. Maybe next year? He has loved reading The Night Before Christmas and singing Christmas carols. His favorite is Jingle Bells and The 12 Days of Christmas. He can sing the "correct" version but we also made up a silly version which makes him giggle and say "no, that's not how it goes". He'll then sing it the right way for us. He has reminded me how much fun Christmas can be and I've loved teaching him the story of Jesus' birth. He asks the most precious questions, like when we are talking about the Wisemen bringing gifts he suggests that they bring Toby choochoos for baby Jesus. Hmmm, interesting b/c that's exactly what he asked Santa for! He has had a lot of fun w/his elf, Tannen. Tannen was especially cheeky and got into all kinds of mischief. Kaneu was so tickled to find him each morning - hiding in the ficus tree, asleep in the cookie cupboard, and even watching Rudolph in the car! Our little elf got everyone excited about Christmas and we enjoyed sharing stories with our nephews about what the elves had been up to the previous night. I can't wait until Tannen visits us next year!
Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying the last days of 2007! We are in Florida right now and it's beautiful, sunny and warm - exactly the weather we were hoping for. We finally got to meet our new little nephew, Riley. He is the chunkiest, most cutest baby ever. I love him!! We've had such a great visit here with my mom, brother and sister in-law, nieces and new nephew. I'm going to be so sad to leave. We fly to Dallas on the 30th to ring in the new year. Giddy up!
Scott, Angie,Riley Tiffany & Haeligh
Grammy Sue w/her grandkids at Blue Springs National Park
Jesus' birthday cake - Kaneu's favorite new expression is a scowl, even when singing Happy Birthday to Jesus!