I don't know if it's really spring, but the weather is nice and February is over so I'm calling it springtime! The girls and I are sitting outside watching the fishermen close to our dock (one guy just caught something!). Phil is out playing golf with some "work friends" in Orange Park. A pretty SUNday! Monday we had a MOPS Meeting about gardening. I spent lots of time rolling my eyes. I hardly have time to bathe, when am I going to water the plants? And the speaker was even suggesting using pots so you can move them as the sun moves (YEAH, right!). Meanwhile, Ellie has been asking all week if we can plant some seeds. I don't believe it, but yesterday we actually planted some seeds! I found carrot, watermelon and cucumber seeds in the junk drawer (an old party favor maybe). Then we actually bought radish (suggested by the speaker as good for kids to see), scallion and cilantro. I'll keep you posted. Don't get your hopes high! I decided to make an effort to get the older girls to work on their biking skills. Marly needs to learn how to pedal and Ellie needs to ride a 2 wheeler (no more training wheels). So, we've spent a few afternoons practicing that this week. It's exhausting for me! I have to bend over and use my hands to show Marly how to pedal. How else do you do that? And run alongside Ellie holding her shoulder while she works on balancing. Marly had a few fun treats for her Pre-Birthday week. Suzanne took her for the day on Tuesday. They had some QT while Alex was in school then Marly got to play with the boys. She was so happy! Meanwhile, we enjoyed our break over here. We were too late for storytime so we did double parks and then Abigail and I went thriftshopping for some summer dresses. My parents also took Marly for most of the day yesterday to give her a Birthday treat. They went to lunch, Marly got a new pearl for her necklace- lots of alone time with mimi & papa! Lucky girl! We did some other fun things this week: Coffee Club at Gara's discussing if Goldiblox or Lego friends really encourage girls for STEM. We checked out the Murray Hill storytime and Friday I threw together a last minute playdate in the front yard with bikes. We did 2 power hours (not good while bathing suit shopping!). One on Monday- last minute with Kevin and Alfred. Lots of fun! And then another yesterday- an afternoon party at the Leens. Those jalapeno poppers were amazing! Friday we went to a wedding next door! Stephanie got married in her grandparents back yard, right on the river, an amazing view! With a setting sun in the background- it was so neat! Grandpa, Al gave such a great speech/toast! Very special. We still had time to rush to the CEE gathering so we could talk about our weekend. It's been fun! I'm excited about all this wonderful weather! Happy Spring to you!
Hello! Happy Rainy Day, Monday! Makes me want to curl up under a blanket and read a book, I'll do just that in a bit once I finish this blog. Turns out blogging is useful for historical purposes, if nothing else. I was trying to remember what Phil and I have done for our past NINE anniversaries (as we gear up to celebrate #10!). I can hardly remember last weekend, let alone year 2! Looking back a few years has been super helpful. And recently I've added weekly pictures...wow, these Bravo girls are lucky to have me! Last Monday was a beautiful day. It was President's Day so we were able to get Phil home for a extra day, worked out great after working the CEE weekend! We had a fun breakfast at a new place in town, Maple Street then met some MOPS friends at the park. Later that afternoon we did power hour with half of the Suters and half of the Stevensons. That was a fun, new group! That made book club a little interesting later that night. I wish we could have gone deeper in the discussion for Orange is the New Black...but it just didn't get there. Tuesday we did our traditional park then story time with Ms. Isabelle. That night we got to go to the River Club for an amazing dinner with one of Phil's clients, then over to see the show War Horse (which was terrible <I probably could have told you that before, but it's not like they asked me which show I wanted to see. At least dinner was fabulous>). Wednesday we had the Leens over for a play date and on Thursday the big girls went to Kids Park and Abigail had her 1 year check up! She weighs 20 lbs and is 29 inches long! She is very healthy and now has 3 teeth! No walking yet, but I know it will be soon! We've had lots of afternoon park play dates, enjoying the gorgeous weather. I was so jealous of all my mom friend's Facebook pictures of everyone at the beach. So, on Friday I finally ventured out. Of course, that was the day forcasted for huge showers! I was all over my weather.com ap trying to race the rain. Success! It started pouring on our drive back and then all afternoon. But we had a great time that morning. Ellie was a little polar bear actually swimming in the surf! Abigail ate lots of sand and loved watching the birds. Marlyn Maria did a little of both but I think her favorite was knocking down all of our sand castles. That night we did a modified power hour with the Suter's (well, at least Tracy and I did since she's preggo and I was trying to prepare for my race on Sunday). My sister Katie stopped by for a bit and the Vogts came by for a night cap after their date. Saturday was a beautiful day! We took the boat to the Landing and walked to the convention center to pick up my race packet then had lunch. Later, I took Ellie to Charlotte's Birthday party at Doing Dishes- painting tea cups. We went to mass then dinner at my parent's house. Sunday morning, I was up and out for my run, the Finish Breast Cancer Half Marathon. This was tougher than the last one, but I still really enjoyed it. Lots of support cheering us on at the beach. The weather was perfect- 60's and overcast. I'm super sore though, as to be expected. Phil was not excited about me taking forever getting home- the shuttle back to the parking lot and getting caught in the rain trying to find my car. We spent the rainy afternoon relaxing. I'm glad to have those long runs out of the way, on to something new. I didn't even loose any weight doing these races! I did loose a toenail, though. TMI, sorry!
It was a MOPS Monday this week. I was scrambling and stressed to set up for the personal trainer and we didn't even get up to move. It was a power point deal. I was hoping to get 2 birds with 1 stone with a meeting and work out. That afternoon we took advantage of another beautiful afternoon with a super park playdate. We got 6 moms out there with lots of kids. That was last minute fun! Tuesday we did a park again before story time. The girls got neat flower shaped balloons. We met the Browns at the park in the afternoon and then they joined us for the Sacred Heart spirit night at Chick Fil A. Ellie was thrilled to have so many of "her friends" to play with, I thought she might explode! They even let the kids in the kitchen to learn to serve ice cream! Wednesday we did a Winn Dixie trip first thing, then went to the Leens for a play date. Those are always so nice since Gara is such a great hostess and they always have the cool toys and delicious lunch! Thursday we stayed inside in our PJ's all morning. The weather was nasty so it worked out. I tried to super read our book club book in time to pass it on to the next reader! I was trying to pump the girls full of good food to prep for Ellie's Valentine's Day party at school. Good thing because they ate tons of candy the whole rest of the day! That afternoon we had the Freemans and Weisses (neighbor friends) over for a play date. Phil and I have been trying to eat better and loose some weight. We didn't do so well this week. Phil easily tempted me with thai one night and then Thursday night we blew it out with power hour and Burger King. One of us needs to step up and be the motivator! I did do a 4 mile run with the girls during nap on Tuesday, but that's it. I have to get in a long run today or tomorrow because next week is the big race! Maybe after that we'll do some sort of body clense! Friday was Valentine's Day. I made heart shaped chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. Then, we met some MOPS pals at the zoo. Ellie was out of school so we could spend the whole day and not rush out of there. It was a beautiful day! Later that afternoon, Phil and I headed out for a romantic weekend working on the team for Engaged Encounter. We were hesitant at first because we had to scramble for childcare. But, it was worth it to take the time out. We had 16 couples and a neat team to work with. It's amazing how much we get out of the weekend! We even had a fire pit with s'mores and wine on Saturday night. Fun! So now most everyone is taking a nap. We hope you guys were full of love this week, too!
The nicer weather brought some outdoor fun for us. Monday we went to the MOPS work out playdate at Gina's. I stopped being sore around Thursday! I got in a few good work outs this week, actually. I did a nap time run on Tuesday pushing the 2 younger kids for 4 miles. I did an early morning run (Abigail's been cutting 2 top teeth so she had me up one morning so I decided to make the most of it) on Friday for 6 miles. Then Sunday I did 8 during naptime. Phil wasn't thrilled I was gone for so long smack in the middle of a beautiful day. But, I've got another half marathon coming up next weekend so I had to get in a few runs before my taper week ;-) We had play dates with Tabby, Emily, Sophia and Ellsa. It was nice to catch up with all the moms! We also went to an FFC family night on family prayer. I think it was too over the top for us. We may check back in somewhere later in this series. We had a "mini MOPS" leadership meeting. We're getting a great team lined up for next year! Friday night I was in rare form after the Benton's Olympic Around the World party. We represented Germany. I think all the shots are where I went wrong. I was not ready for the V-day set up on Saturday morning. Phil was sweet to take all the kids to Lowe's so I could nap it out. It was a cold, rainy day- lots of indoor time for us. Luckily, we had the MOPS Valentine's Day party that night, which was super low key but still fun. Dinner was delicious, from Biscotti's. Sunday we went to breakfast before mass for the Holy Name breakfast. I felt a bit guilty because I think we're supposed to be fasting before and then Ellie chooses where we sit in mass- right in the front row. So, it felt like I was aglow in guilt. We visited with Mimi and Papa after mass. The girls worked on their Valentine's and we enjoyed the gorgeous weather. My roommate and sorority sister from college came over for dinner. I loved catching up with her family. We haven't seen them in years! They were so happy to sit out and enjoy the porch, coming from Indiana! Yuck! So, it was a fun week visiting with lots of great friends. What a blessing!
Wow! What a year! I'm not going to say it's flown by. Yes, the days do fly...but there were some rough moments in there. I think I've aged 5 extra years in this one year. I don't really mind- I mean, what else would I be doing....but it's been quite a year. We've done lots of reminiscing this week.
The weather was super cold this week so we had plenty of time to hang out inside and watch videos from past births and Birthdays. Monday we had an awesome MOPS meeting hearing a marriage and family therapist give us fantastic words of wisdom. The meeting got a little deep, that's a good thing. We spent the afternoon at Ringhaver with Jan enjoying a last gorgeous afternoon before the cold set in. We met the Naugle's for dinner at Lola's. It was great catching up with them! Tuesday we did story time at Willowbranch. It was Catholic Schools week so they had an open house where we could sit in the classrooms to see the kids. Mom watched the girls so Phil and I could check it out. It was neat to see them in action! That night we went to a Greek restaurant to celebrate our dentist's 50th Birthday! What a neat place! Wednesday was Abigail's big FIRST Birthday! The older girls loved singing to her all day. We met mom and Suzanne for a bday lunch at chick-fil-a. Later, we went out to dinner when Phil got home for Moon River pizza. We even got a double chocolate cup cake for the Birthday girl. Thursday we had the Evans girls over for a play date. Ellie was so happy to have a "big kid" to play with in the morning! Ellie did a make up dance class that night. I spent all day prepping for a party weekend and everyone coming to town. Phil's parents arrived a 2am that morning (and you know I was still awake!) Friday was grandparents day at school. Elizabeth is so blessed to have all 4 grandparents with her for the morning! That was pretty cool! Meanwhile, the younger girls and I went to coffee club at MOSH to discuss if Catholic hospitals should be required to offer abortions? It was a great discussion! I had one of those marathon mornings- running all over. I helped bring donated MOPS items to Jump N Jax, picked up some giant bubble wands for Abigail's party and raced to meet my mom and sister for lunch and pedis. Phil's Godmother and her daughter, Michelle came in town that afternoon. It was great to have my team of helpers to celebrate Abigail. We had a lasagna welcome dinner for everyone. Saturday we threw a bubble bash for Abigail. Lots of balloons, bubbles and fun! It ended with a random group playing drinking games. The weather turned out to be perfect- nice and sunny...after a super cold week! We even took Michelle out on a boat ride downtown! That night, we did another last minute parents night out. This time we began at the Black Sheep rooftop then went to this place called the Silver Cow. What a fun day! The lack of sleep, running around and partying made me come down with a cold. Today is super low key for us, even if it is Super Bowl Sunday! Thank you to all of those out there who helped us get through this past year. Maybe you held a baby, took a kid for a while, did a shot, shared a bottle of wine, brought a meal, cut me some slack or said some prayers- all of it is much appreciated! "It takes a village..." And Happy First Birthday to the Original Sweet Pea! Cheers to many more wonderful years!
It's cold all over the country right now, even in Florida. And we're not really used to this sorta stuff. We have some indoor things to do for when it rains. But, we've gotten creative for this gloomy weather. The best thing to do when it's cold is to go to Disney World! Just a few hours south can warm things up...especially when you priceline a hotel the morning of and get a nice place with a heated pool and spa! Phil suggested I get a massage in the spa and take a break. He didn't have to ask twice, I booked it before he finished the sentence! That night we had dinner at T-Rex. The girls loved it! We even got everyone to sleep at a decent hour. Score! Monday was MLK Day so we all had a vacation day. We were in Magic Kingdom as it opened. This time we went straight to Frontier Land and rode Thunder Mountain a bunch of times. Marly is almost tall enough to go. Maybe the next visit. We spent the next few hours in Fantasy Land, did a few things in Adventure Land then headed over to Epcot. We did a bit of drinking around the world and had dinner in Germany. I really enjoyed it. I think Phil got a little depressed thinking he had to make it to work the next day (he prefers a Friday in the park). We were still home by 10:30 that night. What's the best way to cure the day after Disney blues? A Birthday party! I love those parties in the morning during the week! Mackenzie turned 3 so we put on our princess dresses to attend a royal ball. Her parents actually made her Cinderella cake- awesome! We had a few indoor days, too. The Browns came over for a play date. We had a monster trip to Target. We did a MOPS Girls night painting Angels for Allison. The after party was at Kathleen's tagging items for Jump N Jax. We tried a new story time at the Murray Hill library, but of course the story time lady was on vacation. Friday we had a fun play date at the Leens. That night was the January CEE Gathering. This time it was at our church, which was super nice! Saturday we split up. Phil took the girls to Duncan's 3rd Birthday- getting on real trucks and digging holes at a farm. Wow! They even had to sign a liability waiver! Abigail and I went with my parent's to watch Owen's basketball game. Then, we went nextdoor for Stephanie's wedding shower. Phil played basketball then we went with him to the park while he played tennis with Peter. Phil and some other parents from the Birthday party threw together a last minute night out. We all got sitters and met out at Mossfire for dinner. Then, we hit up Wallstreet and the rooftop of Black Sheep. You know it's a good night when it ends at Krystals! This morning was pretty rough. And it always coincides with mornings like this when the nursery lady was sick so we had to endure the cry room at mass. We green lighted Tracy and had Uncle Charlie's pizza for lunch. After a week break of running, I'm back at it. I did a 4 mile loop during nap time. Now, the folks are starting to wake up so we've got to power through. At least it's warmer today. Not sure about tomorrow. Happy Winter! Hope you can spice yours up, too!
I'm writing this post using the Weebly mobile ap on my phone, so we'll see how this goes! Well, we made it past the middle week of January! Lots of rain and cold and a funeral didn't help. Luckily we had some fun this week too. Monday was the first MOPS meeting of the year! Pampering with some spa treatments and a massage from my doula and the gift exchange made it great to be back! That night was book club, I finished the book during nap time-whew! We had a great discussion on disaster prep and death and dying. Just in time for Mr. Cleland funeral. I got a sitter for the girls. I've taken them to funerals in the past but this one was just too much. So I was able to have a break. It was a really nice celebration of life for the reception. Almost like a wedding reception at the Yacht Club. We also had 2 fun play dates. We met baby Julianna and played with all the Leens awesome toys! We also wrecked the Browns house then all went out for dinner (and Rita pitchers) at La Nap. That was a fun night catching up with them! We also went to the zoo one morning and I finished watching Breaking Bad! So, now what am I going to do with my spare time? Sleep maybe? Ellie and I went to the circus with our MOPS friends Thursday night! The only down side was getting out at 10pm! Ellie's favorite was the trapeze artists (and the cotton candy!) Friday was very low key. We played with Raja and had a carbo loading dinner at Carmine's. Oh, I did score at the used uniform sale at school for Ellie next year. Kudos to me for being the only Little Hearts mom shopping!! Saturday morning, Regan picked me up and we headed out to Amelia Island for our Half Marathon race! I was nervous! I looked at the race map the night before and the last six miles were a straight shot in the sun on A1A. Turns out that wasn't the worst part (good thing). There were a few miles through Fort Clinch park where I didn't get a signal so no pandora so no music 😲. Other than that it was a great race, even the last bit ending in the beach at the Ritz! So glad I did it! But you know today I am sore! Woooo! We went to the Lear's for the next phase of limoncello making. Then, we came home and had another low key night (I was about to say quiet night but that never happens). Ha. This morning we got up and Phil made a great breakfast and headed to mass. And now we're on our way to Disney World for MLK day! Yahoo! So boo ya to depressing January!
It was so nice to start out the week with some Seminole Spirit! Especially since it was a super cold, sorta rainy day. So, where did we bring it...to the Orange Park mall! At least the train lady let the girls ride 2 for 1 since I had only 1 stamp left on my pass and no cash. That night Phil and I went to the Motsett's party to watch the game. It was super cold yet we still enjoyed their new outdoor bar and TV. At half time it looked like things were going down hill so we decided to stop paying for a babysitter and come home. Cuddled in blankets we saw the turn around in the 4th quarter to become National Champions! Awesome! Makes me reminisce to the 1999-2000 time when I was at school the last time they won. The rest of the week seems like a cold, blur...typical January! I know we went to story time and stayed inside a lot playing with the ball pit, hosted a play date with the Nixons & Freemans. We baked cookies and brought dinner to a friend who just had their first baby (man, those days seem like such the life <I know I didn't think so at the time> cuddling with the baby all day!) I did a few long runs- 6 miles on Wednesday and then 11.3 on Sunday. That Nike running app is pretty sweet. Phil went out for a guy's night to bid farewell to a friend who's moving. I had Chrissy come over that night to drink wine and tell me all about her engagement! I loved catching up with her and am thrilled for her and Tripp! Friday we had a MOPS leadership meeting. It's great getting back into the swing of things and planning the next month of MOPS. Such a great group of moms! We did pizza and PH, this time at the Suter's. Saturday we went to the Town Center so Phil could buy a few new suits, then had lunch at Pei Wei. We made friends with an FSU family sitting next to us (that's how it is). I've been speed reading our book club book all weekend for our meeting on Monday. All of you should read 5 Days at Memorial. Amazing! Saturday night we sorta invited ourselves over to a friend's house...at least we brought a lasagna. We probably stayed too late and definitely drank too much of their wine. Sunday I was sore from my long run the day before but at least I get to taper this week (which means no running all week...my typical training schedule for the week before a race). We went to mass, Phil got a hair cut. We took the boat out and went to my parents for burgers and dogs. It was a nice way to start/finish the week. I'm still wearing my FSU gear...all week, baby!
Happy New Year! What's your new year resolution? Something good? We started our week back with Phil back at work and us back to just the girls. We picked up William and went to the zoo. Seems like everyone else had the same idea. It was packed! Ellie threw a nasty temper tantrum so we left. It was lots of fun getting out of the zoo with 4 whiney ones (sarcasm)! Tuesday was NYE. We met the Kerkezi's at the downtown library for a noon years eve balloon drop. We did crafts and then a very disorganized balloon party. Then, we had lunch, ran the kids around a park and braved it through nap time for the Gator Bowl parade. With cotton candy and lots of other thrown candy, the girls loved it. It was a fun day. We threw out lots of NYE plans but that night, Phil and I went to dinner together at Pele's then came home grabbed the champagne and went to watch the fireworks on the boat. I don't know why we didn't think to do that originally. But, it was really nice! On New Year's Day, the Freemans had a hangover party. We drank bloody Mary's and mimosas while our kids tore up their house. I don't know that they'll do that again (especially on a rainy day). But we had a great time. That night, we sorta had a girls night at mom and dad's to bid Katie farewell. Thursday we went back over to say good-bye to Katie then headed to Target. Friday we trecked it out to Pump it Up. Seems like everyone also thought that was a great idea. My friend, Lisa was there, too! For the 3rd time we hung out this week. We went out to lunch at La Nap after. That night I made chili and the Suter's came over for PH. Phil continued the party by waltzing on King St afterwards. You know I was thrilled when he slept in on Saturday. The girls and I headed to DD's then a trailblazing adventure. Probably not the smartest mom-move but it was still pretty cool. We did the Tower Trail at the Tillie Fowler park. It was super cold, but lots of fun. Then we went to pick lemons at the Freemans for a limoncello party that night. The Lear's had a bunch of people over to make authentic limoncello. They had a pasta bar to help soak up some of the goodness. We also had 2 new Cardinal Puffs! Sunday was mass then wings & loaded fries for lunch. It was a beautiful day. I took down all the Christmas decorations, which was sorta sad. 2 of the Nixons green-lighted us. It was a nice break to our fight over who can go running. Phil went during bath time. Then, I did a 10 mile trip around the Forest (and then had to keep going around the Farms to get more mileage). I'm pretty sore today! My new year resolution is to work on my unconditional love to Phil. That's a tough one....already! What a wonderful year we've had. It's been full of tough moments and great moments. We are truly blessed. Cheers to 2014!
Merry Christmas! So much fun...that I've had to skip a few postings. Thank you to all those who have checked on me in the meantime. It's nice to know we have a strong following! I left you a few weeks ago, Ellie's last week of school. We hosted a manatee encounter playdate for MOPS. It was so cold but they got out there in the paddleboat with the kids. I think they really liked it. I don't know why more people don't take me up on coming to see the manatees. They are right here and it's so cool! Ellie's had a Christmas play at school and guess what...she was Mary! I wasn't expecting it, but very cool that she was the lead (and her "best friend", Joseph!). We had a playdate with my old roommate in DC and her boys. We got a small group and went caroling at the nursing home. Turns out one of my MOPS friends is an amazing singer, she saved us (that and the jingle bells to drown us out a bit ;-) We saw Alex's Christmas play (which was very similar to Ellie's). We went to my JU pal, Lisa's house for a playdate with her 3 boys and to meet the newest, Declan. Phil and I went on a "date" to the Penance Service at St. Matt's. Nice to cleanse the soul this time of year. We went out with the Benton's to check out the German house in town for dinner. One day I ran to the Suter's (prepping for that half marathon next month) then did a power hour. I have gotten in a few good, long run while Phil's been home. That's nice. And then, the family-ness happened. My youngest brother, Erik arrived on Thursday and younger sister, Katie on Saturday. Sunday was one of those marathon days: mass, last minute Christmas shopping, 1st Bday party for Sophie (one of our CEE friends), then milk & cookies with Santa out in PVB (talk about VIP!) As a gift to my parent's, we organized the meal schedule for the week. I know it's a lot of pressure on my parent's to shop, prep, cook for all these people and never knowing who's coming to what. So, we did it all. Sunday, we took them out to eat at Enza's (sans kids). Monday we went to O2B Kids and let the kids run around for a few hours. We went to visit with UE & AS then rushed back home to host a BBQ dinner for the family. I spiced it up with a scavenger hunt: yellow team vs. blue team. Suzanne and Erik were team captains and picked teams. Lots of clues all over the house, yard and street. They even had to sing carols at the neighbors for a clue! It was fun! Christmas Eve we had a brunch at the Kerkezi's. Later we went to 5pm mass. The girls were pretty good. It's always tough sitting there with the 3 of them. Luckily, they looked super cute in their Christmas dresses so no one seemed to mind too much! We came home and had Mojo's BBQ takeout for dinner. Phil and I went to work helping Santa prep for the next morning. Erik came over and became the newest Cardinal Puff! Christmas morning was nice and lazy. The girls beat me downstairs so I wasn't able to get video footage like I have in the past. I think the ball pit is a huge hit! Ellie loves her Princess Sofia amulet. Marly enjoyed the candy necklace. We had a late Christmas lunch with the family. We did a few gift exchanges. My mom had her wedding veil made into handbags for my sisters and I. That was super cool! Everyone came back over here for Jesus' Birthday party, dessert and after dinner drinks. We stayed up playing Rummikub. The next day we went to Fernandina for the day. Amelia Island plantation, the Ritz then met Erik, Katie, mom and dad for a late lunch on their way to taking Erik to the airport. Friday we stayed inside for most of the day, just recovering. Then, the Suter's (should I even link to you anymore, I mean a whole year?!) green-lighted us with a power hour. That night was the MOPS Christmas leftover party. I was sad the turn out was so slim but we played this super fun game, Cards Against Humanity. We laughed so hard! Amazing! Saturday, we went to the Avenues mall to ride the train and stay out of the rain. That night was the CEE Christmas party. I'm over the white elephant gift exchange at this point. We'll have to come up with something else. Isn't there another game/thing to do at Christmas parties? Sunday, the older girls and I went to mass. I had lunch with Timothy, one of my friends from college. He was in town for a race. We had a sausage fest at the Suter's and got to see the Newton's right before they had sweet baby, Brooke! So, whew! What a Christmas! Abigail has a few highlights to share. She finally got a first tooth! It's about half way in, on the bottom. Also, she's finished nursing. I feel some guilt about stopping early and not making it to a year. We're learning the formula shuffle. I'm not used to having to prep and make a bottle! Now we have even more toys for these girls (because we just didn't have enough!). From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas!