Christmas started early for us, with an impromptu visit from Nonna, Poppa, Grandmother, and Pop. Jonas remembers Nonna & Poppa, of course, and made a beeline for him right away! (They play a game they call “Go, go, go!” where Jonas runs into Poppa’s arms about 90 miles an hour and Poppa pretends to be knocked over. After a while, poor Poppa is worn out and starts saying, “no, no, no!”)
He didn’t take long to warm up to Grandmother (or, “mah-muh-mer” in Jonasese) and Pop. The new game he discovered with them, was pulling his hand inside his sleeve and then popping it back out! He thought it was HILARIOUS and Pop played along, laughing and clapping every time.
We opened presents while they were here, and Jonas just LOVED his new choo-choo train and wooden vehicles. Plus, he finally realized what all those pretty boxes under the Christmas tree were doing there. (It was quite something to persuade him to wait to open the others!)
It was a great visit -too short, but don’t all visits sort of feel that way? For the next several days, Jonas asked for all of them repeatedly. I think he finally figured out the answer was always going to be, “Nonna and Poppa are at their house. Grandmother and Pop are at their house.” Then, he started signing “telephone” and saying, “Hah, Poppa! Hah, Nonna! Hah, Pop!” …his way of asking me to call them on the phone. 🙂 He’s a smart one!
Chris really hit the schedule jackpot, since he was off for Christmas Eve night, and Christmas all day! On the 24th, we opened presents from the other extended family members and friends. Aunt Laura & Uncle Scott sent a couple of cutie-patootie Gymboree outfits.
Jamison (and Barb & Dave), our good friends in Nashville, gave Jonas a big “collection” book of several Backyardigans stories. I took this picture a second too late – you should have seen how big his eyes were when he first saw the cover!
Grandmama & Granddaddy (a.k.a. Michelle’s parents) sent a set of dishes for his kitchen, a Hermie DVD, a big stuffed Uniqua and a Backyardigans lunch box. Again – I wish I could have captured the look on his face. Seeing that enormous “Kooka” doll pop out of her wrapping and then opening that lunch box, he was so funny. It was a look of total shock and joy.
The great-grandMaxwells (Michelle’s Grandmama & Grandaddy) gave Jonas a cool set of aluminum pots & pans & utensils.