I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was fantastic, even though we drove around quite a bit. It comes with the territory, when you have family that lives a good distance apart, but well worth the travel.

On Christmas Eve, we went over to my grandparents’ house for the traditional Eiche dinner. We always have lasagna, then we open presents.

Before we ate dinner, though, we brought in Namine’s walker and she showed everyone how hard she’s been working in therapy.

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By the time we got home, it was past 11:00, well past Namine’s bedtime. (Past Jessica’s bedtime too, come to think of it.) But we decided to let Namine open up one present before going to bed: her cape.

Namine has been talking about being “Super Namine” for a while. She’s kept telling us that she couldn’t be a proper superhero until she had a cape. I knew she’d be excited to get a cape, but even I couldn’t have predicted her reaction.

When Namine unwrapped her cape, her eyes got wide. “My very own cape! Thank you, Mommy and Daddy! This is the best present EVER!” (And this is already after having received a giant My Little Pony castle.)

Despite the day’s excitement, Namine fell asleep pretty quickly. You’d think that she would have stayed awake for hours, but I think she was as tired as we were. But she didn’t still have desserts and a turkey to make. We did.

Namine woke up the next morning at around 8:30. Any normal child would have wanted to get up right away, but she didn’t. She just wanted to snuggle with us in the big bed. We didn’t get up until 10:00.

As soon as we got up, Namine immediately asked to put on her cape again. She was still so excited about it that she didn’t even register that there were presents under the tree. She scooted around the apartment yelling, “Super Namine to the rescue!” When she stopped zooming around the apartment like the superhero she is for a moment to catch her breath, we asked her if she wanted to open the rest of her presents. She answered with a resounding “Oh YES!”

Namine was so thrilled with her cape, she insisted on wearing it for opening presents the next morning.