Although we don’t intend to make a habit of it, this seemed to be the year to give the kids big toys for Christmas. We’d spent three years in England sticking to tiny forms of entertainment, always with an eye toward the size and weight of moving boxes, but Nathaniel has been desperate for a train for over a year now, and Katherine has expressed her desire for a dollhouse for almost as long.
Our little guy is now happily laying track through our living room, and Katherine is watching Sydney build her a house in the same place (it’s been our entertainment all December long). We’re guessing that fixing up this dollhouse is going to occupy us for a long time, but Sydney’s hoping to get the basic structure done before he starts teaching in early January. Currently, Katherine’s contenting herself with the dolls and dishes she got for Christmas.