Marilyn and her 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Doll. Grandpa & Grandma used to buy these same dolls for Kate & I when we were little. How special that they can now do the same for Marilyn. She already has our pre-loved babies to play with. Of course I kept both mine and Kate's for future enjoyment.
Grandpa or Santa?
Oh, Goodness, what could it be???
It's ELMO!! I have never encountered such a "real" toy. Marilyn surely enjoys Elmo's stories and interaction, but my personal favorite is when he encourages us to DANCE! Thankfully no pictures of that!
Kate received some books on traveling the world...
Great-Grandma & Marilyn
Brett looking much too excited for running shoes!
And this is my favorite present of all! For those of you who know my Uncle Greg (dad's brother), you know that he is very clever when coming up with a gift. Beyond Elmo, he thought Marilyn should have her own dog toys, since she is so keen on playing with our dog toys and every other dog toy she can find, so he found her some of her own! They are too cute, and she plays with them
However, the best part is that our dogs cannot figure out if they are toys for them or for Marilyn, and they are too afraid to play with her. She throws the toys and the squeak, which thrills the dogs, but they are too afraid they will get in trouble for chewing on her toys to play with them. (We had to perform emergency plastic surgery to a little person who lost her hand in the teeth of Spud.) I get such a kick out of watching her throw the "dog" toys to our dogs who are terrified to play with them. hahahaha, Life is funny when your little one thinks everything is a toy!
But that's what makes this life so great!