We've been having a wonderful December. It has been warm, mostly, except when we went to the Santa Train, but we've done that colder, too. The girls loved talking to Santa and the few things they told him they wanted for Christmas he gave them :-) They got reindeer noses that Jake hated at first but eventually loved. Catherine never put hers on. They had cocoa and made bracelets and got their faces painted with snowmen and Elsa snowflakes. It was awesome!
Jake and the girls slept in late for Christmas and we had a wonderful day. The girls cannot decide what their favorite gift was, but I think Sam's is either the Barbie townhouse or the My Little Pony stuff. Cat's is either her Frozen snow boots or the Leapster (to replace the one that Jake threw in the tub one bath night). Jake's favorite is probably what the girls are playing for, but especially the Hungry Hungry Hippos game. He loves to yell "GO!" and push the plunger and do what his big sisters do. He even wins some times, which simply tells you that there is no skill involved in this game whatsoever.
The beach was amazing and we went in the water up to our knees and looked for shells. Can't believe that the weather was in the 70s for Christmas! The girls think that now that it is January that it will now snow. I hope it is true because they can't wait to wear those boots with their new snow pants.
Updates on the kids, Jake first:
Jake loves his sisters so much! I think more than he loves eating, which is saying something. Jake loves to give them hugs and kisses, especially at bedtime. When he wakes up and hears them he calls to them and goes running to get started doing whatever they are doing.
Cat had fun over break but is ready to go back to school, whether she says so or not. Sam says she's ready, she misses her friends. Cat definitely gets along better with Jake than Sam. She always shares with Jake and keeps him happy. Sam does, too. It amazes me that when one girl is off the other manages to be on and Jake is in the middle being encouraged to smile and laugh and play. Cat surprises me a lot. You think she wasn't paying attention and doesn't remember, and then all of a sudden she's got it.
Sam will still sit with me for an hour and read a chapter book if I have the time. She loves playing pretend, rather than games like Catherine, who will sit and play Uno or Trouble for an hour or two. Sam is still bubbly and loves to sing all the time.
But in the end they are sisters and love each other the way that sisters do, despite their differences and because of them.