Here is a picture of me and Laci when she was a little girl:
I am pretty sure my mom is absolutely thrilled that at least one of her children ended up with her brains. My mom is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and she is brilliant. Laci says she wants to be a doctor when she grows up and my mom fully supports her dream. My mom often brings home x-rays for Laci to look at and she explains to Laci what is going on in them. Last Christmas, my mom bought her a microscope so that she could see germs and identify them. I just can't imagine ever being interested in this... Here is a picture of Laci with her microscope:
Laci also has her very own Christmas tree, aside from the family tree, that she gets to decorate all on her own. Would you like to take a guess at what kind of ornaments adorn her tree? Germ ornaments-yes I said Germ Ornaments...
Here are a few ornaments from her germ collection:
This weekend my mom gave me my childhood ornaments that are so special to me. I can remember carefully putting these ornaments on our Christmas tree every year with my mom. These ornaments come from the Lenox 1989 Carousel collection. I have the complete collection and my mom sent them home with me today since I will not be home for Christmas. They are a little different than Laci's germ ornaments and I am told they are very valuable. Here is a picture of a few of them:
While Laci and I have experienced different Christmas traditions growing up, there is one similar tradition that we share... Counting down the days until Christmas with our Advent Calendar:
This year is the first year I will not be home (at my parent's). I am sad that I will not hear Laci's footsteps run down the hallway in anticipation of what Santa brought her, but this is a part of getting older and getting married. Holidays are now divided evenly between our families. I am, however, excited about spending this Christmas with my husband-this will be our first Christmas together as a married couple. We will now start creating Christmas traditions of our own.
While I am going to miss my little buddy, Laci, on Christmas morning. I know that Santa is going to be good to her. She certainly is one lucky kid and she has great parents too... and a big sister who loves her more than anything in this world!