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Laurel's Christmas in February.

We got a UPS notice on our door today of a package at the office.

After waiting to be helped, the package handed to us had been shipped by FedEx last month (!) and was from Laurel's Grandma Betty.

The package turned out to be Christmas gifts from her, Denice and Grandma Dorothy (Laurel's great grandmother) that hadn't made it up to Evergreen when Betty visited during our trip. After much crinkling of paper and pulling on ribbon, Laurel unwrapped a Kelly doll, Barbie doll clothes, a mini spirograph, and several books: Buttercup, the Clumsy Cow, The Moon Maiden, A Princess in Boxland, and Scaredy Cat.

Laurel is walking around now saying "I got more books! SWEET!".


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Feb. 24th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
that she would say that is some kind of testiment to her parents i think =) your kid loves books and that's kick a$$.
Feb. 24th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
It's really a testament to my entire family. Reading is such an everyday activity that she was sad there wasn't a library a few blocks away when we moved to Dallas. Luckily, a new branch nearby is due to open in April, so being nearly 4 miles from our nearest libraries will soon become a thing of the past.

Early reading is fascinating with Laurel. She really likes to sound out words on signs, which leads to her sometimes loudly announcing what she's read and prompting for an explanation of what things are like Redhook, a tow away zone or road humps. (:
Feb. 24th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
aye yi yi. Me gusto Redhook pero voy a miro el elephante tengo miedo. Pero gracias para el enlace. Que divertido!


yo practico escribo
Feb. 24th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
Hey. I had the chance to catch up on your journal, and it looks like your month is akin to mine. I wanted to thank you for calling after the accident. I'm sorry I couldn't call you back (my phone was busted in the crash, so I got the message remotely from another phone). Hearing your voice made me smile though, so thank you so much.

I hope we can catch up soon. Take care, and I'm glad things are looking up on your end.

Feb. 24th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Yay for late presents! And thank God for a child who loves books...that rocks.
Feb. 24th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
I am pleased that the lesson of being nice to books is finally sticking with Laurel. A lot of books died so she could get there! Now she expects me to apply clear contact paper to every new-to-her paperback book and I'm looking at buying some interlocking bookends to make keeping picture books neatly an easier task.
Feb. 24th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Grandma Betty is definitely entitled to getting her money back.
Feb. 24th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
It probably arrived in a reasonable amount of time. Our complex office isn't concerned about letting residents know they have packages, nor about retrieiving them when the recipient inquires after them.

A few months ago, a package I tracked online to its arrival at our complex "wasn't there" every time I went down to inquire about it for over a month before they suddenly found it after I began stopping by every day because I was sure it was there.
Feb. 27th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
People who mess with your mail or are apathetic about helping you get your mail irritate me to no end.
Feb. 26th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
unexpected gifts rock!

killi used to sleep with books, instead of stuffed animals. :D i loved reading to her, and her reading to me, then seeing the top of her little blonde head sticking out over the open books,and her bare feet, toes a wiggling, sticking out below.
Feb. 27th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
I'd imagine that when you have kids, there is always a certain amount of tense anticipation. You know, wondering if things will turn out OK, or if you're raising one of those kids that just never grows up even though their body does. I think that her reaction to the books (seeing the books as the most exciting present) is an incredibly good sign that you are doing something right with with the way you're raising her.

I understand what kids like sometimes comes down to their own individual, budding personalities, but I think that certain good traits have to be cultivated. A love of reading, which can enable an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, is one of those things that I think has to be cultivated to develop correctly.
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Hey, I never grew up... I think that's part of why the midget and I connect -- or I like to think so, anyway. ;)

There is a reason that everyone sees Peter Pan and points at me. And, it isn't because I have maturity issues, it's because I know what it means to really understand when midget says, "I'm not a {insert random thing here}, I'm a KID!" (Oh, and, there's that thing where I actually look like the live-action Peter Pan. LOL)

But, the reality is, so long as you wipe your own butt and don't bite the kitty, all is good.

{Dr Evil voice} "We do not bite the kitty!"
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