Last year was one of them. Holding two precious baby girles, home from the hospital, but still tethered to oxygen. How sweet that was! This year, holding them is much more difficult - they want to be down and moving, especially Faith. She gyrates in your arms, demanding the freedom of the floor. What a wonderful, miraculous, welcome change!
Bella's first Christmas with us was last year, too. She arrived walking and talking, of course. She and I made ornaments to decorate the tree, dancing snowmen and gingerbread men and women. We started out following the directions. We ended up with a whole village of our creations - no two the same.
A dozen Christmases ago, was Bryce's first, all six weeks old of him. I was still trying on the name 'Granma,' and hadn't settled on the spelling yet. But I certainly had settled on Bryce! He has sparkled on Christmas every year since. I'm looking forward to some boardgames with him this Christmas.
Tyler was almost a year old by the time his first Christmas arrived. Older and wiser, he enjoyed all the gifts, especially the wrapping and bows. I love to watch the world through his eyes, which haven't lost the wonder of expectation.
Elijah slept through much of his first Christmas, a mistake he won't make again, I'm sure! Being grandboy number five at the time, the pack-and-play was a safe location for him, while the rest of the world spun out of control with laughter and bits of colorful confetti raining down.
But my favorite grandboy Christmas memory is the year Aidan learned to blow out the Christmas tree! He walked into the house, straight up to the tree and started blowing. The behavior seemed a bit odd, quite frankly, two-year-old adorable, but odd. Court and Christine let us know that we should stand at the ready by the light switch that controlled the outlet to the tree lights. We were a quick study. The lights went off (or back on) with each watery blow from his lips.
My next favorite memory is too intertwined to be a separate memory, though it happened two years later. Aidan was then in control of the light switch for two-year-old Josiah. His younger brother would giggle with delight that started at his toes. Aidan, sharing in the joy, joined a duet with the shear joy of toddler laughter!
I can't wait for Christmas! I wait expectantly with the joy of a toddler for the gathering of the red and green grands! Merry Christmas, everyone! And merry memories in the making!