I'm finally home! I had a great time in Chicago. Good conference, great weather, FANTASTIC food.
I'm not sure if the kids were more excited about me coming home or the goodies they knew I'd bring for them. Carson got some Legos and Elise got a paper doll set from American Girl.
I had mentioned that Santa may be bringing Elise the American Girl doll Ivy for Christmas. I bought Elise the paper doll set that goes with Ivy and Julie (the main character in this historical set).
While I was looking at it from the perspective of Ivy being Asian, I missed that the "historical" timeframe was the 70's! I think I had as much fun as Elise playing with the paper dolls and reading about Julie and Ivy's life back in the 70's. Elise was amazed that I knew about the Brady Bunch (Julie and Ivy's favorite TV show) and had the same type of clothes and toys growing up.
Elise kept asking me if the girls would still be alive today. I kept reminding her that the dolls could have easily been named Gretchen and Kristin and been about her aunt and mom growing up in the 70's! So, YES, it was highly probable the characters are still alive today. :)
Yup...to all of my fellow 40-something (or even soon to be 40!) friends...our childhoods are now old enough to be considered "historical," isn't that nice?
It's good to be home, but I'm off to continue doing laundry....why is it that I seem to be the only one in the household that knows how to operate the washer and dryer?!?