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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Papa's Christmas Visit
A picture tells a thousand words and I have about 40 pictures I wanted to put on this post...of course, not one of them is of the 4 of us. grrrr...I can't believe I didn't manage to do that one thing. And i was trying so hard to capture all the little memories...someone do that for me next time you visit, please? I didn't put all 40 pictures, nor did I caption all as some don't need explanations. Like this...
My favorite moment? Aside from all the special little moments combined, it was when Xavi first saw his papa after more than two months. As we waited for the train to deliver papa to us on December 15, Xavi and I played on the picnic table watching the waves crash on the beach below. Nico was sleeping in the baby carrier. As the train's horn sounded, we watched it come as we do every time the train comes through San Clemente. We watched it pull up and unload passengers. I saw Mario, pointed and asked Xavi "who is that?" He looked and first whispered "papa", then louder "papa!", then he climbed off the table and was running! towards him. My heart almost exploded and my eyes filled with tears. Then just as he was within arms reach of Mario, he had second thoughts and turned and ran back to me. I laughed and tried to catch it on my phone. I could almost feel Xavi's heart swelling with wonder and joy. There is nothing quite like seeing my child filled with joy. Or seeing my husband after so long without him. Relief filled me knowing that he was home.
I'm pretty sure Mario stored up the moments with his boys in his mind and the feeling of their warmth in his heart. It was hard to catch it all but I tried...
We were treated to guitar and harmonica concerts, and had family dance parties.
Mario and I almost couldn't wait for Christmas to give Xavi his present...a train table with wooden Thomas the train engines. I won it on eBay and we picked it up together. On Christmas eve, we set it up in the living room so that he would see it as soon as he woke up.
And 7 hours later, with only short breaks for other presents and some sustenance...he was still playing with his new train set. And still in his Christmas jammies.
Diego got some love during papa's visit as Mario is so good at loving him too. Me? I scored a beautiful silk robe, new boots, and a purse...exactly what I wanted/needed. Oh and I got some love too:)
Posted by Mary Beth Melendez at 10:02 PM