Etta and I had such a fun day baking cookies for Santa, and preparing for Christmas. She is a marvelous helper and found that she really loves Oatmeal Cranberry cookies. ;o) After lots of cookies and goodies were baked, we spent a little time in my studio crafting Etta a tiny little swimsuit to wear to the beach. Being used to sewing for plus sized women presented a unique challenge in making a very small swimsuit for a meerkat that I will happily add to my resume! I let Etta pick out her own fabric - and she decided on black, with hot pink polka dots.
Swimsuit made and holiday cooking preparations done, we settled in for a lovely evening of Holiday movies. We watched my favorite holiday movie, White Christmas. Etta eemed to enjoy herself, and said she really like the costumes. Then we hung Etta's stocking with ours, and left cookies and milk for Santa and tucked Etta in for good night's sleep.
Etta woke Christmas morning to find that Santa had left her candy, fruit and nuts in her Christmas stocking, which she enjoyed snacking on. And under the Christmas tree was a shiney new Meerkat sized surf board. Etta squeaked with glee and jumped up and down, because she knew this meant that she was going to surfing!! So, breakfast out of the way, we headed off for Christmas day at the beach!
It was a beautiful sunny day at Moonlight Beach, with lots of kids playing with new boogie boards and kites. Etta took a little time to soak in the sun and see all that was going on. Then, it was time to try out her new surf board! After a few practices on dry land - Etta headed to the water's edge to test our her surfing abilities. And surprisingly enough - she took to surfing like an old pro!
After a fun and crazy day of surfing, Etta, waves goodbye to her new surfer friends, and Moonlight Beach. She and I decided to pose for a picture together as a special momento of our holiday together. As you can see, Etta and I had a glorious time at the beach. I did notice that she has added a new word to her very "British" vocabulary. She now calls everyone "Dude". Ah yes, California surf lingo. You gotta love it. ;o)
Today, Etta and I are making her a pretty little bag/pouch for her to keep all her new treasures in on her travels. And then, it is off to her next adventure. My husband and I are sad to see her go, but we so enjoyed her company for the holidays. She was a delightfully fun and well mannered guest!
So, where in the world will Etta go for her next adventure?
Stay tuned to the Traveling Meerkats Facebook Page!