Christmas in Phoenix
After agonizing over the prospect of a very long drive from Monterey to Phoenix (11 hours non-stop, which means forever with two little ones) we opted for flying. We left here the Thursday Christmas as soon as Eric was finished with school. The flight was relatively painless for me, but Eric was in charge of Etta and she was flying as a lap child. Lets just say she was a handful. We arrived in Phoenix really late and we were fortunately to have Etta and Chloe sleep really well. Etta was thrilled the next morning to see all the goodies her grandma had set up for her. Not only do my parents have a huge backyard full of dogs, they also picked up little playground toys. Her are pictures of Etta enjoying outside!
Her favorite toy at grandma's and grandpa's
The bounce house
She also enjoyed the indoors. Not only are their pets outside, but inside as well! Here is the old lady Britta trying to get some peace and quite then Etta comes in the crate with her. We had to lock the crate just to keep Etta from bothering Britta!
Here's our old cat Mookie. Etta hasn't seen him in a long time and she was making up for lost time. She for some reason can't say Mookie, but does say "meemoo". She was chasing any of the three cats that came her way, but it seemed to always be Mookie. Luckily Mookie doesn't have claws but he did bite her a few times and she deserved it! His short tail was an attraction from the beginning. Grandma and Grandpa seemed pretty happy to have the girls around for the holidays. Grandma showered the girls with gifts and loves as often as she could. They were on their best behavior most of the time we were there. Even I was astounded.
We spend Christmas Eve at Eric's brother's house. Their parents drove from Oceanside, Ca to spend Christmas with us as well. We did dinner and presents with each other that night and we all made out like bandits. Etta got Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore which I think both of the girls will understand in a few years.