Claire had fun playing with her cousin Andrew. He is a month younger and is also walking, but much more unsteadily than she is. So she thought it was great fun to walk over to him and push him down. Or take whatever he was playing with and make him cry. She is a bully.
Here she is with her grandpa and cousin.
They also have a train under the tree. She loved to watch it go round and round and take the Santa off the train.
He wrapped it all by himself. Can't you tell? He and his parents went together and bought me a very nice Kitchenaid mixer. I am so excited. I've really wanted one of these, for numerous reasons (one of which being our hand mixers suck!) but figured we would just keep making do for a few more years. But he found a really good deal. I didn't really think anything would top the serger he bought me last year, but I think this one might do it. I really do love my serger though. We will have to see how well this works. I'm trying to decide what I want to make with it first. Alann wants me to do something with it before we leave in case it doesn't work we can return it to the store. He bought it out here in MO.
Then, Christmas night, I fell down the stairs. It was only about half the flight, and I was in the air for part of it, so I really only hit 3 stairs. It was scary, but I'm okay. Just bruised. A lot. My arm, my tail bone, my pride. Nothing serious.
Saturday, Claire fell down and smashed her face on the floor so hard she gave herself a bloody nose. Then we went out to Indiana to visit with my mother-in-law Debbie's family. While there, Claire fell into a wall that had moulding on it and gave herself a huge bruise on her forehead. It covered at least half of her forehead. She is lucky she didn't cut herself. We went to one of Alann's niece's baptism, and while there, Claire was just all over. She stole every hymn book she could find, then she started playing with her great-great-grandmother. Then she stole her kleenex out of her pocket. My daughter is a thief. But she entertained a few great-aunts (which makes them sound old, but they aren't) and was mostly well behaved. Luckily, she discovered the granola bar in her bag during the important be-quiet part and so was happy to just sit on my lap and eat. She was pretty well behaved for spending most of the day in the car.
She has improved so much in walking this week. I think having Andrew to compete with really helped. She is much more steady and falls less. She has also started "running" which ends up being a fast walk for us at this point. But she tries to run away when she knows she is doing something she shouldn't, or when we want her to do something she doesn't want to do, like get dressed. It's fun though. She also figured out how to climb the stairs. She can't figure out going down though.
We don't have much planned this week. Mostly hanging out, but we hope to get out to St Louis and Columbia and visit with some people.