Baby it's cold outside, but that doesn't stop me from kicking the kids out the door the kids from running outside to play as soon as they get home from school. The trees in our back yard are bare, which has opened up the woods and provided the girls lots of room to explore. They found a couple of large patches of ice and love slip-sliding along. While her sisters were in school today, Devin showed me their new turf and demonstrated her skating abilities.
I found this family of 5 strapped into a purple Polly Pocket car. I didn't ask who made them, but I'm pretty sure it was Tori for 2 reasons:
1. She is a purple fanatic
2. I found gobs of hardened hot glue stuck to the kitchen table
My sister, Vicki was here for 2 weeks and now she's gone again. She left last Wednesday and I intended to write this post the day she left. I couldn't, though, because every time I looked at the pictures I cried and had to shut down the computer. It had been 19 months since she was last here - far too long. We shared a lot of laughs and had the happiest Christmas ever. The girls couldn't get enough of her; Devin seemed to be attached to her and always managed to squirm herself onto Vick's lap. We went to a Bruins game-Vicki and Devin's first, got pedicures, went sledding and ice skating. We drank coffee, ate burgers, ice cream, and subs (or hoagies or grinders). We were extremely busy and constantly on the go creating memories the girls will never forget, but the greatest memories were those quiet times at home. Well, at least some of us were quiet. Vicki is not quiet, she's loud. I mean that in the very best sense of the word. Her jubilant laughter filled the house and made every day joyful. Before I get all weepy again, here are some pictures.
Washing babies - Vicki lives in a very toasty climate and sometimes wore her hat in the house to keep warm.
One of the rare moments she remained on her feet while skating
Vicki built a jump for the girls to ride their sleds over
The girls spent a lot of time coloring with their artist aunt
The Mr. Potato Head village
The pedicure - Vicki and I had matching snowflakes airbrushed on
Our last night together was spent cuddling on the couch and watching a movie