Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On Saturday Isabelle, Madeleine and I took the train to Eugene for some pre-Christmas festivities. After almost eight hours on the rails we arrived safely and were welcomed by the delicious smell of my Mom's beef bourguignon as we came in the door.

Yesterday we visited my Aunt Bonnie's beautiful new home and were treated to a live National Geographic show when it was time to feed her turtle. Maddy's mouth dropped open when the live worms were dropped in the tank.
The experience was both horrifying and mesmerizing although Isabelle did not stop chewing on her candy cane, despite pointing out the blood in the water.

"Thanks Aunt Bonnie! We've never seen anything like that before!"
The thrills kept coming when Bonnie showed the girls her bird. Madeleine was beside herself with excitement and kept asking to see the "real bird" - I don't think she's ever been that close to one before.
Later that day Aunt Darla and cousin Vilia joined in on some sugar cookie decorating fun.

Maddy and Vilia tried their best but ended up doing a lot more eating than decorating...

...while Isabelle took her time and has yet to eat one of her creations.
Today the girls rested from their visits to all their family members before we head back to Seattle for our first Christmas in our new house - not to mention the first Christmas we'll sleep in our own beds on Christmas Eve in ten years! We're looking forward to it!

Madeleine was all smiles mid-afternoon today but after not being able to fall asleep at nap time and coming down with a cold, she melted down in the middle of dinner tonight. Hopefully she's back to her happy self in the morning.

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