The night before Nana comes to town, the girls can't sleep. At 9:30 PM, they're still shuffling out to where we're sitting.
"I can't fweep!" Mimi sighs. "Mimi, what's more exciting: Christmas, or Nana coming?"
"....Nana coming." I know she's telling the truth too, because they had NO troubles falling asleep Christmas Eve.
The day Nana comes to town, all three kids are awake by 6:30 AM. We finish our chores by 8:00, and play math games with chocolate chips to pass the time.
The day Nana comes, we pile into the car to drive to the airport, and half way there Mimi exclaims "I've got to go potty!" Hold it, kid. (Lucky for her, there was a biffy in the cell phone waiting lot. But she opened that lid, took a short look, and shut it again. "Ewwww Mommy!" and backed up. Yep, this is what you get to use. Better get it over with!)
We found Nana, and spent the rest of the day visiting with folks at my husband's grandparents' home, and playing with Nana back at our home. The girls played Hangman, Phase 10, and Charades. They read books. They put on a little piano recital. They danced. Oh my goodness, are these girls tickled pink that their Nana is here to visit! She chose to sleep on a little mattress in their room, so she'd be right there when they woke up this morning. (Of course, Wonder Daddy and I stayed up till after midnight chatting with her. I was not amused when Cocoa's needs and Mimi's coughing kept me awake till 2 am! Sure hope I didn't shock Nana too much when I lurched my way into their happily chatty room at 7:15 this morning and croaked "Girls, please be quiet!! The baby is asleep!" That sweet woman got the girls dressed, fixed their hair, and made eggs for breakfast. She got Cocoa out of his crib when he woke up, and I never knew about any of this, because I didn't wake up until 9. She's a saint.
The girls went on their much-loved traditional visit to the local chocolate shop with Nana, and we spent the afternoon at the movie theater watching the new Studio Ghibli film, "The Secret World of Arriety" and then went for burgers. (The movie was AMAZING. I felt like crying, it was so nice to be back in the old style of Ghibli animation- the scenes could have been right at home in Totoro or Whisper of the Heart. Sigh.)