It was a quiet Christmas here. Well, as quiet as a day could be with two rambunctious, stir-crazy kids. It was just the four of us this year, as my parents spent Christmas in Dallas with my sister's family. Where they had snow. And we got rain. But I digress. Despite it being quiet and wet instead of white, we had a lovely day.
Family of four, but only two stockings. I love the idea of stockings for adults, but just buying the normal gifts for me gives Mike a seasonal nervous tic. I'd hate to send him over the edge during the holidays. Eli's stocking has the cutest crocodile tongs from Kuhn Rikon peeking out. I envisioned him using them for some Montessori-esque manipulative exercises. He envisions using them for pinching Elena. Elena's stocking has her very first copy of Mad Libs peeking out. Do you know how many times you can use "poop" as a noun and an verb? A lot.
Can we open presents now? Huh? Can we? Can we? Yes? Presents? Now?
Santa delivered on Elena's most desired gift – New Super Mario Bros. Wii. She started playing as soon as we cleared a path through the wrapping paper to the Wii. In fact, she's still playing.
Not really. I make her stop to use the bathroom and from midnight to 6 a.m.
Not really. But it feels like it's on that much. Hum the Mario theme music with me now . . .
Eli got some nice gifts as well, but his favorite at this particular moment was the leftover Halloween chocolate Elena wrapped up in a toilet paper tube for him. This is precisely why Mike and I don't do stockings for each other. He'd get the equivalent of Super Mario Bros. Wii in his stocking, I'd get leftover candy in a toilet paper tube in mine. Then again, I do like chocolate.
The Nerf guns for both kids are also a big hit, literally and figuratively. There's something so right about siblings chasing each other around the house screaming, "I'm gonna get you!"
I hope your Christmas was merry and bright, filled with equal parts of joy and chocolate.