Monday, April 30, 2012
Guess who I get to see tomorrow...
I have not seen my sister Cara and her family, who are missionaries in Argentina, since my wedding day, which was over a year ago. As you can imagine I am aching to hug Cara (and my brother-in-law Chuck, too) and kiss and tickle my sweet niece Lila and my two crazy nephews Billy and Isaac.
And guess what? I can do all these things...tomorrow!
Isaac probably won't be hanging upside down, Lila probably doesn't wear onesies any more (the little lady will be two this August, after all), and I highly doubt Billy will be sporting his Toy Story pajamas and Crocs, yet even so, I plan to revel in as much childhood glee and mischief as possible. (I have to take full advantage of the small window of time in which I am still cool--grandparents may get I-am-forever-awesome cards, but Aunts and Uncles? Not so much).
I obviously won't be arriving at the airport empty handed, not because I believe in buying people's love or anything--cough, cough--but because I once had a very grown up Skype conversation with Billy in which he said to me, "Aunt Hannah, I am really beginning to like Power Rangers, so I hope you have saved some of your Power Ranger toys from when you were younger. Please don't give them away. I would like them very much."
I'm not certain how many Power Ranger toys survived my childhood enthusiasm, so I ordered two new action figures for both Billy and Isaac. (Isaac gravitates toward whatever Billy likes, and as a fellow younger sibling I remember those days quite well).
Yet the Era of Power Rangers has not yet come for Lila, who demonstrates a great deal of interest in purses and baby dolls. My mother has already met the purse and baby doll quota, however--what did I say about grandparents being forever awesome?--so I finally decided a magical fairy wand might be a nice addition to Lila's creative play habits.
Oh, who am I kidding? I'll just turn Billy, Isaac, and Lila upside down by their ankles and twirl them around--that's the true way to a child's heart. :)
After we all meet at the airport, everyone is coming over to our apartment, and since I know they are coming, I am going to bake a cake. Tomorrow! I'm so happy!