Four days after I landed in Nashville, Tennessee from Singapore, I found myself in Dallas, Texas.
Dad, Dede, and I were spending time with Kerry and Nic, my nephews, and my mother. We even got to visit with my cousin George and his wife, Beth. And I was so excited to finally get a chance to spend some time with Charlotte!!
Our five day trip started off with a bang! Liam was in a big dance recital which I thought was incredible! The theme of their recital was the end of the world. It was titled 12 - 21 - 12 A Musical Parody and was performed by The Plano Dance Theatre. It included dances about zombies and aliens, and hilarious songs that the audience got to participate in like, The 12 Days of The Apocalypse. My sister and I marveled at how great it was to have a themed performance: none of our dance recitals were ever themed back in the day. Liam had a dressing room with his name on it and people that dressed him: such a little superstar!
Liam is remarkably talented in performance. He has been dancing pretty much since the day he learned to walk and he memorizes lines from movies, performing them at the drop of a hat. During this particular dance recital, he was an alien. He wore the most hilarious silver body suit that covered his feet and his head, and on his face he wore giant green sunglasses shaped like bug eyes. He wasn't a bit nervous before he went on stage and he was so excited when the show was over! He jumped up and down and was hugging everyone left and right. We brought him treats, which sent him through the roof!
On Christmas day, the boys woke up excited to see that Santa had visited leaving a trail of glitter.
Following our stockings, we began opening gifts. The boys are always first and foremost in this category. I have only experienced Christmas morning with my nephews once and it was when Oliver was about 6 months old and Liam was nonexistent. This year's Christmas was an exciting and overwhelming experience!
I brought everyone something from Singapore. Everyone got a t-shirt and a little something else. I bought the boys the most beautiful outfits in Little India. They also both received stick horses made by one of my friends and co-workers at The Turnip Truck. The stick horses were a great idea in theory. However, they quickly turned into weapons of mass destruction and usually Kerry or I was the target.
(Again: almost every time I won. Just saying.)
When it was time to leave, the snow proved to be less of a miracle and more of a hinderance.
We made it back to Nashville in about 16 hours time. It was hard to say goodbye, but I'll see everyone over the summer. And that's always the best: filled with lots of birthdays and water fun!