four Christmases. Wow! When Viv is of age to appreciate this fact, I imagine a statement from her that goes something like this: "Sweet mom! Four Christmases? NO WAY!" While all her friends are cleaning up and playing with their toys, she will be just getting started on the next family. This is what I tell myself as we are packing up for a week of travel to Sacramento -- that the many events and people to see and parties to attend will be a positive thing for her one day. That she will appreciate all that her poor parents go through each time we have to travel with her. Can you hear the violins in the background?
The thing is, we had a blast. Someday it will be too much to see everyone. But for now, while she's young, and while we're too stupid and too willing, I feel thankful that we got to see her entire family. We made it!