Since we were going to Dallas to celebrate Christmas with Michael’s family, we had an early Christmas with Grandma, Papa, Nanny, Uncle Patrick, Great Aunt Ellen, and Aunt Kasey stopped by. It was a quiet celebration but very fun.
Grandma, Papa, and Aunt Ellen arrived early and soaked up a little time watching Gabby excitedly run around impatiently waiting to open gifts. They ate gumbo while we waited for Nanny and Uncle Patrick to arrive. Nanny and Uncle Patrick drove from Shreveport and directly to our house that day to have Christmas. As soon as everyone arrived, we unloaded all of the gifts flooding the living room and then, without giving Nanny and Uncle Patrick a moment to breathe, began opening Christmas gifts. We laughed and opened gifts for about an hour….well Gabby opened gifts that long, we all enjoyed watching. Gabby racked up getting money for her college fund, a personalized Doc McIlroy doctor’s lab coat, doc McStuffin’s toys, a really cool ball you throw and changes colors, a magnetic puzzle board where you try to copy designs, a bike, a new doll, a stuffed unicorn, games, and the list goes on and on. Gabby gave everyone a calendar with her hand print art made throughout the year. Michael wired in an auxiliary plug in my car, and I gave him a Texans phone case and cologne.
The best gift of all was watching Nanny’s expression as she pulled a stuffed fox out of her stocking. I don’t know what Uncle Patrick was thinking but when Gabby took one look at it and realized it was real, she freaked out, but eventually warmed up to the strange gift, hid it, and made us all find it to scare us. It was adorable. Once all of the gifts were unwrapped and another round of gumbo was eaten, Gabby began taking her toys few by few to her room by putting them in the basket of her bicycle and brought them all to her room. Then we were all forbidden to enter her room while she did surgery on her toys. It was a relaxing and very fun Christmas.