Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Christmas Visitor!

Yesterday, I had a special guest in my home for the first time:


It's my niece, Jo!

She's five now. In fact, she'll be six in March. She is sooooo tall! I expect her to exceed my measly 5' 5" within a decade.


Jo loves to watch Food Network competition shows. Like myself at her age, she was perfectly content with cookware and utensils from the kitchen to play with. We had a go of the board game Sorry and played a few rounds of Connect 4 also, but the kitchen/dining room was definitely her happy place. :-)


In addition to pretending to cook, she helped me cook for real! We prepped a huge pan of dressing to go into the oven the next day, made a Christmas tree shaped chocolate bar, and baked cookies, which she dipped in chocolate and sprinkles (and they were excellent...very decadent)! Oh, she made a peppermint slushie too, completely on her own. I didn't even realize what she was doing until she gave me the bowl of melted peppermints in water and asked me to freeze it. It turned out perfectly, by the way. The kid is super smart! I regret that I didn't take photos of the food she helped make. My phone was on the charger trying to upload a video (which failed miserably, I might add).

Anyway, we had a GREAT time. I'm so glad I was able to spend the evening hanging out with her. She made a stressful week worlds better. :-)