Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Trip to Sunny Florida!

Being coy with the giant dog that Grampa & Gramma bought me. I am not spoiled am I?
Playing Jingle Bells at the mall after meeting Santa

I also got a bike from Grampa & Gramma... here's Grampa trying to help me ride...

And they had a wagon for me... I liked pulling as much as riding...
Swinging at the park with Aunt Kay -- my favorite!

As you can tell -- I LOVE swinging!

Swimming is a close follow up to swinging!

Swimmin'! I was so glad I got to go swimmin'!
Last week, Tati and I got a quick respite from the freezing cold temperatures of Michigan during a trip to see Grampa and Gramma in Florida! This was the first plane ride for T since being home from Russia - and guess what - NO FEARS! T was a champ! Our flight on the way down was delayed, and other than being bored in the airport, she handled the delay well. We even got lucky enough to have our own row and she managed to fall asleep on the plane for an hour or so. For a kid that typically needs no distractions to fall asleep - this was a big deal!
We had a great time and great weather in Florida! As expected, Tati was spoiled by Grampa & Gramma! They had a bike, a wagon and a stroller ready for her use. And oh yeah! A pool! We saw an alligator, visited Great Gramma Helen, visited Aunt Kay, Uncle Dick & Kara and -- saw SANTA CLAUS! Silly mama left the Santa picture at the mall after lunch, but thankfully some kind soul had found it and turned it into the concierge desk! WHEW!
T was highly impressed with the warm weather and the fact that she was able to wear capris, shorts and go swimming again. While mama wouldn't trade a white Christmas for anything, I think Tati would give away any toy for the ability to swing and swim everyday. The girl is a fish. Grampa & Gramma (and their friends The Steve's) were amazed by T's lack of fear of the water.
Mama had a great time taking a break from work (my first real vacation days since Russia!) and just hanging out with T and Dad and Sharon. It's wonderful to see the holidays through a new set of eyes!
I have noticed as I get older, I have huge expectations for what I think Christmas SHOULD be, and most years, I am disappointed. All build up, and then it goes by so quick, I forget to enjoy it. It's hard to not enjoy it with Tatiana around. Years back I was living in the Detroit metro area. I'll guess it was 1994-95ish. My gramma was still alive and I was wrapping up some last minute errands before heading home for the holidays. The song "Sleigh Bells" came on the radio, it was lightly snowing and I was done with work for the year. I had a sense of joy and happiness wash over me with excitement and contentment that I'll never forget.
I felt that feeling with Tati this past weekend, and it's the first time since then that I can remember it! Merry Christmas everyone!


Jeanette said...

I wouldn't mind some Florida weather myself! She is so sweet! Love the pictures of her swinging and swimming. You just wait for xmas morning when T sees all those gifts! I'll never forget my son's comment xmas morning when he was 3, "Santa is soooo nice!" Have a safe trip home!

Troy and Rachel said...

I'm jealous of your warm trip to FL!! T looks like Daniel swimming - no fear and loves to jump in! Happy Holidays!

Kristine said...

I too am jealous of your trip to Florida. It looks like you had a blast.

Merry Christmas Amy!!!


Roger and Joanne said...

Niko, Reese and T would have a MARVELOUS time all swimming together. All fishes for sure. Why is that?
What part of FL do your parents live in? Will you be seeing them when you go down for the reunion?
Glad to hear T did so well on the flight. I'm beginning to wonder how well R & N will do when we go to FL. Overall, the did really well on the way out from Russia and I'm thinking maybe that was the best I'll get--but I certainly hope not. Hope she does as well on the way home!

Mike and Heidi Lee said...

What a sweet cutie-pie you have on your hands!! That is amazing that T did well on the airplane...we've had a few upsets with B boarding planes!! Sounds like you are already having a Merry Christmas, so I will wish you a "continued" merriment!

Debbie & Bob said...

Isn't Christmas wonderful with little ones? It makes it more worth while. Christmas is definately a kids holiday!

Bill and Michelle Curran said...

Loved the recap! Miss you posting so often!