Family Time

(The Exquisite Emma. December 2007. © Robin)

They say things (such as certain traits and characteristics) skip a generation. Perhaps that’s true. Princess Emma is already learning how to take photographs. She’s not only enjoying it, but she seems to be good at it.

It was a wonderful weekend. I got to spend it with some of those whom I love most in the world: my husband, my sons, my daughter-in-law, my youngest son’s girlfriend, and the Exquisite Miss E (aka Princess Emma).

I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. I am also a very grateful woman, for having such love, laughter, and family in my life.

We had the big holiday meal yesterday. Last night we played a game of Trivial Pursuit. Before game time, Princess Emma and I spent a little time together visiting Pingu online. Way back before M and I went on our sabbatical adventures I introduced Emma to Pingu and she hasn’t forgotten about it. Whenever she sees my computer she asks to see the penguin. The website has changed since our last visit. They now have a few shorts and episodes on the site. Emma giggled and laughed through the episode that’s currently available. There’s something about a duck pooping on a penguin’s head that she finds outrageously funny.

I have to admit I laughed, too — the first two or three times we watched it. Emma insisted on watching it several times. By the time we were finished, we both had it pretty much memorized.

This afternoon, after the kids all took off, M and I reveled in aftermath of a weekend well spent. We opened a bottle of champagne that we’ve been saving for a special occasion. For some reason, this seemed like the perfect occasion.

In a little while we’re going to settle in, with a fire burning brightly in the fireplace, and watch a movie. Just the two of us.

And the kitties, of course. I’m sure they’ll want to join us. They make great lap warmers.

In case I don’t get around to posting before the old year turns to the new:

Happy New Year to my readers and blogmates!  Wishing you all the best for 2008.