Our Christmas was nice and relaxing. DH was able to have Friday and Saturday off work for a true 3-day weekend. We spent time with his sister and her husband on Thursday night. Christmas morning was just DH, Em and I with our presents for one another and from Santa. Then we went to Nana & Papa's (DH's parents) house in the afternoon for more presents, yummy food, and some nice hanging out time. Em's big item from Santa this year was a B.arbie bicycle. She LOVES it as evidenced below...
When she first saw the bicycle. (See the little tiny bike attached to the handlebars? It's removable, but is there so that a B.arbie can ride along with Em as she bike rides.)
Excuse the red eye, I haven't edited this batch of pics yet. Em in her nightgown, Christmas socks, and posing on her new bike. She even opened some presents ON the bike, as she didn't want to get down. Too cute!
Unfortunately for Em, it was rainy all day on Christmas, so she was unable to ride much other than in our kitchen and foyer.
Yesterday, however was nice out. We headed to the park where Em quickly became acclimated with her new bike and was pedaling around the sidewalk trails like a pro by the end of our park visit.
We cracked up when after riding for awhile, Em agreed to "park her bike" and play on the park equipment. DH and I meant that she could leave the bike near the area where we were standing, but Em insisted on parking it by the actual bike rack. Too funny!
"Mom, you're embarrassing me...stop taking all of these pictures!"
And before I get a lot of bike helmet safety comments---yes, we've adjusted her helmet so that it sits lower on her forehead now. :)
We enjoyed watching Em do laps around the park, singing nearly the entire way. I'm afraid she's inherited my habit (which was passed to me from my Mom and her mother before her) of making up songs to sing. Example, "I'm pedaling around the park, around the park, yes I'm pedaling around the park on my bike from Santa."
When asked what her favorite part of the day was, Em responded it was when DH and I sat down at a picnic table and let her ride around by herself. Ode to Miss Independent. My heart smiled. :)
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