Friday, December 29, 2006

Christmas in Iowa

Are all of these for moi?

I want to be just like you when I'm seven. Even if it means joining the dark side.

Darth Froggy

Aunt Arctica and Uncle Jiffy Pop

My beautiful mama!

Froggy loves her Grandpa. Especially his neck. (It's an inside joke.)

Aunt Arctica and I armored in aprons to feed Froggy her Christmas dinner.

Cousin Peewee and Froggy played all night! They are best buds.

It's been a wonderful vacation in Iowa. The weather is idyllic, very unIowa-like. Today we saw the mail man in shorts and a t-shirt. He was a little crazy because it's in the 50's, but for December, this is like Bermuda.

Christmas was wonderful, hurried, but wonderful. We didn't arrive until midnight on the 24th and our sleep schedules are still suffering. Froggy has been a super trooper and was an amazing traveler for our 9 1/2 hour, two-stop, delayed flight. I, however, was about ready to overdose on Dramamine. I vowed never, never, ever, ever to travel with a toddler alone during the holidays. In fact, it was the first thing I said upon meeting my parents at the airport, "Never again."

It is so good to be home, cuddling with my childhood cat, Reina, reading the newspaper, eating cookies for breakfast, and shopping at the vintage stores. It is refreshing to be away from our regular old lives.

We miss Froggydadda and wish he was here! Yesterday Froggy went to the door, knocked on it and said, "Dadda?" She LOVES, LOVES, LOVES her daddy. I do too!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!


Mieke said...

Is that your parents house? The one in the picture when you and Aunt Arctica are wearing aprons? It looks very cozy Iowa. Snuggly. It looks like it smells good in that house.

You are crazy to travel on a connecting flight with a baby!!! I refuse to do it -even though the other airport is so much closer to my mother's. It's just not worth it. Maybe you could move the state of Iowa to a different location to get a direct flight?

Froggymama said...

It's my aunt and uncle's house. And it's very cozy! They have a wood-burning stove too.

Normally, I would never do a 2-stop flight, but it was the only flight left, after the other 6000 people arranged their alternate flights, due to the blizzard. Ugh.