We had to get out our vacuum bags from under the bed to pull out our winter clothes for our trip to the frozen north. Well it wasn’t actually quite that bad. It was actually in the 60’s the day we arrived. We said we brought the warm weather with us. It did get down to 26 though and that’s plenty cold for me.
David’s cold is mostly over after 16 days as we leave Winnona in Wellborn Florida and drive the 90 miles to Jacksonville to stay in a hotel the night before the flight. Why?
Becasue the flight was at 6:30am which means we were up at 4:15 to make the shuttle to go through security and board the plane on time. The sun rose behind us as we flew to Atlanta of course but there was some color. Not my favorite way to watch the sunrise but the puffy clouds below were great..
Delta flew 400 miles out of their way to go from Jacksonville to Atlanta and then to Baltimore rather than just fly straight up the East Coast. I thought all the airlines were struggling and concerned about fuel costs.
It’s happy times when we arrive. They are to meet us. Celia looks pretty solem at the gate but she perks up shortly.
Carrie and Matthew have moved into a new to them house which is much closer to the airport than the one they were in when Celia was born. She and I get reacquainted on the drive to their house.
The mirror is a great gadget to allow Carrie to look in the rear view mirror and see what Celia (and I) are up to. They really have improved baby “products” these days over what I had when Carrie was little which my mother thought was amazing compared to what she’d had. I can’t even imagine what another 20 years will bring.
Celia shows off her first two teeth that have just barely broken through.
Once home Celia proves to be a whirlwind, kicking her feet, waving her hands, doing push ups and rolling all over the floor. She’s on the verge of crawling and when that happens her parents are going to have a time trying to keep up with her. Many of the pictures both David and I took were blurry with her feet and hands going a mile a minute.
Daddy comes home from work and she’s got all eyes on him.
I’ve wrapped the patchwork Christmas stockings for Matthew and Celia and give them to them so they can be hung on the mantle. Lots of time, stitches and love went into those.
Matthew’s stocking looks good on him.
At first, Celia is more interested in the tissue paper.
The 5 stockings look wonderful by the tree.
We spend 2 days in transit and 5 days with them which go by quickly as you might expect.
We do some hiking, some eating, some present exchanging and lots of baby playing.
Celia tries peas for the first time. She gives me quite the looks. David catches it on the camera.
One night Celia and Grandpa and I wrap presents while Mom and Dad have a well deserved dinner out alone. At first she plays on the floor but then she wants a closer look at the action.
She puts on her Santa hat for the occasion, just like Grandpa.
She’s a wonderful wrapping supervisor but happy to see her mama when she returns.
On Friday we go in search of a bakery. A real bakery with Danish, not just a donut shop and finally find the Village Junction Bakery in Arbutus. We are a little late for a full selection but there are plenty of things to tempt us. Sadly though, they don’t make sticky buns.
Didn’t get the picture before the treats were all gone. It didn’t take long.
In the afternoon, Carrie and I get our haircut while grandpa babysits. He takes Celia shopping. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm
Well, it’s New Year’s Eve which is Christmas Eve for us and the second Christmas for them.
Santa has filled the stockings and left prsents under the tree and in front of the fireplace.
Tomorrow is our party. It and our last days will be in the next post.
HAPPY HOLIDAY coming up!