12 years, 1 month.
In the aftermath of Christmas gift cards, our family recently made a trip to Barnes & Noble. Fate would have it, Mommy and I bought books; while you and your sister bought toys… of course!
For years now, I have been jokingly telling your sister she is like Cindy Lou Who each Christmas. Apparently, she agreed so much this year that she decided to spend some of her Christmas money on a stuffed animal of Cindy Lou Who, that came with a stuffed animal of The Grinch.
With no hesitation she explained to me, “I bought the Grinch because Jack makes that same face a lot!”
6 years, 8 months.
For nearly 3 years now, you’ve been used to seeing me at work every day at our kitchen table.
But as for Mommy, she still goes in to her office in downtown Nashville a couple days each week.
One day last week, leading up to Christmas, Mommy had a half day in the office, so she invited you to come along and join her in doing work there in the big city.
You took your own bag and your own work to do at an empty desk nearby.
All of Mommy’s coworkers were able to see how hard you worked.
I have been told that were you officially paid in Christmas candy there from the office.
6 years, 7 months.
It always means so much to me to be able to see you perform on stage. This past week, the 1st grade at your school had their Christmas program. You had been practicing for so long for it.
Everyday for weeks leading up to it, I would watch you set up your school laptop in the living room and sing along with all the songs.
I was so proud to see my little Holly up on the front row.
My offer always stands for me to teach you how to play the guitar, in case you want to ever follow my footsteps…
You love being involved with putting things together- and you always have.
This especially comes out when it’s time to prep the house with Christmas decorations.
You truly enjoy putting the Christmas tree together. Not me.
You took pride in going outside and setting up the new reindeer inflatable out in our front yard. Not me.
And yesterday, when your sister needed help putting together a made-in-China Christmas snow globe that erroneously came with the instructions locked inside of the globe, with no way of knowing how to detach it from the base, you figure out. I tried… but still, not me.
We need you around!
6 years, 6 months.
This past weekend, as family, we decorated our “Charlie Brown Christmas tree”, as Mommy likes to call it.
My role is always to climb upstairs in the attic and bring it into the living room and then to snap a few pictures of the rest of you actually doing the “fun part”.
After Mommy assembles the tree, you and your brother then take pride in carefully adding all the ornaments.
The system the two of you had set up was that you picked out which ornament would go on the tree next, and then your brother would find the spot on the tree to put it.
It was a family affair!