These were Mal’s words the night before Auntie Monica and Uncle Derek left for Spore and he said that while choking back tears. It actually brought us to tear! This little rascal! They were here for holiday and we met up with them on Thanksgiving at Palm Spring for shopping. Mal couldn’t recall them when we first met but he warmed up pretty fast as both Auntie Monica and Uncle Derek were such great play mates! They were already having fun at the hotel carpark where we met…hammering little pebbles at the sidewalk, oh, I just got him a little hammer, it’s a real hammer used for doing craft, not a poplular toy as most uncles and aunties thought it might not be suitable for a little 2 year old to be carrying a hammer…knocking and hammering around. I realised this when Mal brought his hammer to a farewell dinner at a restaurant the other night and people were a bit shocked and concerned when they realised that Mal was playing with a REAL hammer. I guessed they were afraid that Mal might break something with his hammer. The first thing that crossed my mind when I set eyes on the hammer in a craft store was ‘Whao, isn’t that cool! Mal will love it and with that, he will have a cooler hammer than Daddy!’I think we were just too used to Mal playing with the real stuff at home that we forgot that such toys are really not norm for alot of other kids! I digressed.
So it was hammering fun with Auntie Monica at the carpark we met and that broke the ice between them cos Mal was thrilled to have someone play with him his new toy. We spent 2 nights at Palm spring before proceeding to somewhere more scenic. After a long 6 hours drive. We arrived at Flagstaff on Saturday night and checked in another suite. It was cold at Flagstaff, about 2 degree celsius. There was so much festivity mood in the air. The cold weather, the coziness at the hotel lobby brought by a burning fireplace and constant christmas songs that were played on the radio. It was a perfect setting for holiday and we were glad to spend the time with family and friends. We drove 1.5 hour from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon, had our packed MacDonald lunch right at the canyon, it was a ‘Lunch in a Lifetime’ with such a view, before heading back home. Auntie Mon and Uncle Derek spent the next 3 days at our home before returning back to reality in spore. It was a good thanksgiving getaway for us and we were glad to spend it with friends from so far away