OK. Who else is whipped? I feel like a wrung out sponge. A spare tear to shed? Not from me. Done. And this, only the 3rd day of Christmas.
One deep breath and a good night’s sleep make for the perfect remedy. A liberal application of lottery winnings would not hurt, either. Nevertheless…
Christmas morning came. Eleanor and Saralyn enjoyed three gifts each from Santa. By far, the Madeline doll stole the favored place in Eleanor’s heart. Santa tucked the doll inside a princess play tent along with a foot high stack of DVD’s. Saralyn received an Elmo’s Hot Tomato game, a sit and spin and a simple motor skills flip-switch plaything (you know the kind, you twist a key, push a button or slide a latch and one of 6 little doors on top pops open revealing a plastic endangered species). These toys of Saralyn’s fell into Elly’s clutches in short order, especially the sit and spin, to a chorus of “I’m doing it! I’m doing it! (flop). Whaaa!”
When the Family arrived, Eleanor had a very Princess Christmas. Princess coloring books. Princess paper dolls. Princess tea set. Pretty little girl dresses. Fluffy toys. She got so much stuff, I can hardly believe it. I gave her new sneakers. Lame old me. Tony and I also gave her a Fisher Price camera. Eleanor took many terrible pictures right away, but she caught on to the process quickly (we took the camera to the Aquarium* on Saturday and she took pictures of all the fish. Tempers flared for a moment when Eleanor saw another child with HER camera. I fished (haha) Elly’s camera out of my bag to say, “See your camera? This other child does NOT have your camera.” She grabbed her camera and ran off to share pictures with her new “friend” by the piranhas. No kidding. Toddlers and piranhas. Coincidence? I think not.)
Saralyn got what she really wanted: warm food and dry pants. She also passed a pleasant few hours ripping paper and rattling boxes. Saralyn, too, got many nice gifts, including her own drum and percussion set, froggie pajamas and Pooh’s Bees light-’em-up bead on a wire set.
My gifts? Thanks for asking. I received a nice scarf and some French stuff (my sis visited this year), a few picture frames, a variety of baking pans (including some 6″ tart pans – what to make first???) and a James Avery tree of life pendant from my husband. My sister gave me a gift card that I spent right that very day on pasta roller and cutter attachments for my KitchenAid mixer. In just two weeks, I can dazzle you all with home made pastas and crackers and so much more.
The family came. We ate and ate. All day. I make Texas Brisket and pulled pork. The house smelled SO good. I don’t care to eat another sweet until Spring. I want FRUIT! And maybe some high-fiber breakfast cereal.
So, tell me about your Christmas.
*For the next year, I have a pass for the Georgia Aquarium. I also aquired two guest passes. If you come to visit, guess where we will go?