–We’re listening to Christmas music when Carol of the Bells comes on. Isobel closes her eyes and looked as if she’s moved by the music. “I love this song, Mama,” she says, feeling it. “It’s from Home Alone.”
–As of today, we’ve finally finished all our homemade gifts for Christmas. We went wild with shrinky dinks and fabric pens. I’ll share what we were working on next week. There was some trial and error involved, but I’m really happy with how it worked out. We did the work wholesale and are passing the savings on to you.
–Originally, Anthony and I had planned on seeing Star Wars after Christmas, when the excitement died down, and we could get a sitter. Going to the movies is one of those things that’s made more complicated when you have young kids. It turns out we just couldn’t wait, however, both of us were chomping at the bit go, so we made the mad, foolhardy decision to go as a family. It worked out okay, for the most part, especially at the beginning, but the whole endeavor was very stressful as we tried to be considerate theater goers. Anthony took him out whenever he made noise, so he missed a couple parts. We loved the movie. You should go. And if you have a one-year-old that you have to bring along, maybe dress him as an Ewok so people think he’s part of the show.
–Every year Anthony and I host a Christmas Party-slash-Drunken Sing-a-long, and this year was possibly the best yet. We had a handmade gift exchange plus a White Elephant exchange, so much (too much) good food, and great live music. Anthony perfected his mixed drink game, and I cleaned every inch of the house and made a baked potato, salad, and hot chocolate bar. I think I might still be recovering, but it was so worth it.
–I have been hitting up the thrift stores in preparation of our yearly White Elephant/Christmas Goat Gift Exchange, so I’ll have some TSG gems to share with you soon.
–When I see Elias start to do something naughty, i.e., pluck ornaments from the tree as if he’s harvesting a bunch of yuletide peaches, I firmly say, “No, Elias!” and he will respond by suddenly looking up and saying, “Hi!!!” and casually giving a little wave, as if, not only is he totally being good right now, but perhaps you have forgotten how distractably adorable I am? Let me remind you. “Hi!”
–I’m keeping this short and sweet today. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! And have Good Times with whatever you may or may not celebrate. Hope this finds you warm and content.