Monday, January 03, 2005

Family...the ties that bind

MMM. Cookies. I am making yummy Double chocolate chocolate chip cookies right now. My apartment smells wonderful!

This weekend was nice, albeit rainy.

Saturday we met at Jeff's Grandma's house for the re-uniting of Jeff's mom and sister.

It was great! A little akward where his mom and Grandmother are concerned, but we expected that.

Travis was the star, of course. his Auntie Sarah loved holding him, and his Grandma Laura was in love with him, naturally!

It was like Christmas all over again! (For Travis!) They brought: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pat the Bunny, and Guess How Much I Love You books, a plush Pat the Bunny Rabbit with crackling ears, a musical elephant plush that will attach to his crib and when you pull its trunk it plays "Talk to the Animals" from Dr. Dolittle, a jean jacket, matching overalls, socks, and turtleneck (all 6-9 months) from TCP, Gerber onesies, hats, and side-snap undershirts, a changing pad, changing pad cover, a BLue Jean Teddy crib set and mobile (we are returning for Winnie the Pooh) AND a Pottery Barn Kids CHANGIGN TABLE! It's the white spindle one with the baskets underneath.

Can you believe all that? They also brought (for us) a nice Babyprints frame with a spot for his footprint on one side, and a photo on the other.

Jeff, Travis, and I are going to go visit them in a couple of weeks or so. (It's a 3 hour drive)

Also, his sister Sarah is looking into college at UC Santa Cruz. That would be wonderful! It's only 45 minutes away. She has applied there, UC San Francisco, and Cal Poly. They don't send acceptance letters until March. She was already accepted into Mills College with a $12,500 a year scholarship. So, I doubt UC SC will be a problem for her to get into. Her father died when she was 7, and she has aver $100k in a trust. She has access to all of that $ for college, or she gets a lump sum at 18, 25, and 30. It would be nice if she had $ left over after her education is paid for, because she could buy a car, and such.

She's grown into such a nice young lady... the last time I saw her was when she was 10. She's 17 now, and very mature for her age.

Yesterday Jeff talked to his father in NH for the first time in 15 years. They had a nice 1 hour conversation... I suspect he will be coming out here eventually to reunite, and meet Travis and me.
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