Last Tuesday Alaina and I went with Aunt Sandy to Rosebrook while Bella got to stay home with daddy. Matt had one more pto day left this year, so he decided to get some shopping done with his Bella boo. He also cleaned the house for me! I am one lucky woman.
Anyways, Alaina has been working for three days on these little gifts for the residents, so she was excited to hand out her creations. We went through some Family magazines and got some cute handmade Christmas gift ideas. She made some ornaments, little plant stakes and door hangers. I loved the plant stake idea, because a lot of the residents have house plants in their rooms, so those were a big hit. I think we will have to make more next year. :)
We had such a wonderful time with Aunt Sandy. She goes every year with her dressed up labs, Thera and Tanner. They looked adorable. We all got chuckle when the hat and reindeer ears went on. The residents did as well haha. Tanner and Thera are great therapy dogs. Some of those residents were big animal lovers, so it made their day to see them.
It was a very humbling experience. I worked in a skilled nursing home for almost 6 years and it breaks your heart when a lot of those patients didn't get family over the holidays, so to see those smiles on their faces when Alaina handed out her gifts or when the dogs would go over and lick them makes you feel good inside. I hope to continue doing this with the girls every year. It was a big success. Thank you Aunt Sandy for including us. Means the world to us.
After Rosebrook, we went to Kings for lunch then for a visit at my dad's house. Alaina had a blast playing with pappy's new train. He taught her how to blow the horn and alowed her to control the handle. It was a wonderful day.
How cute are Tanner and Thera
Alaina with her buddies Tanner and Thera and Great Aunt Sandy
Passing out her gifts to the residents
Alaina loved the tree with all the dolls from around the world. Beautiful!
At pappy's house
Opening Ashley and Matt's gifts
The candy they made
He loved his Ben 10 gift
Thank you guys!
My adorable nephew Ethan
My dad's pretty tree
Santa's lil helper
His gift put together
Pappy allowing Alaina control the train
She loved it
This is what Bella got to do all day haha
Santa's other lil helper haha
She looks just like daddy