for christmas barbara had gotten each of the kids a few special gifts. the problem though, was that she kept forgetting them when she came up to grand rapids! well, she was determined not to let them sit in her house any longer, so she gave them to us to pass along to the kids. you know, only six months late... so the kids gathered together and tore open their prizes (hey, its not often you get christmas gifts in july, right?) and they loved them! barbara had gotten each of them coloring and activity books perfectly suited to each one of them: jackson got one about the civil war and another one about weapons through history, tweets got a couple about dancing and princesses, and aves got some cool animal ones. they were so thrilled! jill said that they spend the next couple days thumbing through them and filling them in. what a great auntie they have!