Merry Christmas Everyone!!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
“Santa? Who’s he? Presents? Who needs ‘em? All I want for Christmas is to curl up with a good book on my mommy or daddy’s lap (which is coveted space in this house) and rock to sleep next to the lighted tree with balls hanging from it in the living room…Imagine that…A tree in the house!”
"Don't worry Mom, I'll put Dad to sleep tonight as long as you carry him upstairs this time."
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
After Thanksgiving, first comes the countdown to the countdown. Luckily, this year Thanksgiving came late and we only had to wait 4 days to start peeking in the pockets of our advent calendar. When the official countdown begins, the wait is still grueling. One Sunday after church, Kirsti happily announced to everyone as we piled in the minivan to go home, “My teacher said Christmas is after today!” Yep, and after the next two weeks, too!
What is Kirsti so excited about receiving Christmas morning? One would think she’s asking for a new car, but no…Kirsti told Santa she would be happy with whatever he wanted to bring her, and at this magical age of four, she means it. When her logical older siblings question how Santa fits down chimneys, she faithfully and confidently demands that it’s possible. Her bubbling enthusiasm is quite contagious.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Last year when Diggy climbed on Santa’s knee, he announced he wanted Santa and his reindeer. This Santa quickly and happily responded, “Well, Santa WILL be at your house. What do you want me to bring you?” Diggy clarified, “I want you to bring me my own toy Santa riding in a sleigh with 9 reindeer.”
So this year, Diggy surprised us again.
After watching the cartoon version of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” just before visiting Santa this year, Diggy decided to spontaneously change his wish list and daringly ask for an electro-Who-cardio-shnooks (a creative, Dr. Seuss-looking gadget). And sensing that his request was a little outlandish, Diggy also asked for Bendaroos to be sure he’d actually get something.
Bendaroos?! you ask? Yes, of course Santa knows what Bendaroos are. He knows everything. And after never hearing of these before, we quickly learned that Santa better jump right on that request because Bendaroos are an “As seen on TV” special that can only be obtained via the Bendaroos web site and take 4-6 weeks to deliver…unless you pay for rush shipping (cha-ching, cha-ching) or have elves working for you, of course. If Santa delivers, Diggy will be pleased, because Bendaroos will entertain him for hours…perhaps he’ll make an electro-Who-cardio-shnooks.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Kenny plans on scanning the front yard/rooftops for evidence of Santa even before heading to see what Santa left behind inside the house (which he hopes is the Knex Motorized Double-Dare Dueling Coaster). Will the reindeer food (oatmeal and glitter) really attract Rudolph and the gang? How big will the sleigh tracks be of the man who brings gifts to every kid in the world?! Good Luck, Santa, on sneaking around the Smith Science Lab.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Regardless of how we sound, we’re quite sure that seeing 3 young kids in snowsuits holding chimes with 2 parents giving glances of approval and occasional nudges of “Your note’s next!” plus a toddler and infant in tow will be a sight to remember…perhaps, if anything, giving our neighbors something to chat about with out-of-town relatives as they sit around their Christmas dinner tables. We only need a few more kids (and lots more practice) to match the Osmonds!
Friday, December 19, 2008
From Brent’s point of view, more kids = more cost. So he began shopping the 4 a.m. after-Thanksgiving sales a few years ago. Now, with some experience under his belt, he has the day down to a science starting with the Thanksgiving Day ad line-up. While success does depend on what’s on “the roster” each year and on how tough the opposing shoppers are, Brent’s strategic analysis coupled with Amy’s online shopping support, offers a pretty good chance for an end-of-day winning celebration. This year he dodged in and out of the isles at five stores all before 7a.m.
And since 5 kids, work, and scoutmaster responsibilities give Brent no time to track March Madness, the Superbowl, the PGA Tour, and what’s it called when the baseball teams have a big tournament at the end of the year? Anyways…Black Friday fills the void and provides a year’s worth of strategic, competitive excitement for the whole family to brag about for months…plus, shopping gets done before the kids even wake up! Way to make your wife proud, honey!
The 2007 Christmas Day Football Game...
Loads of fun!! It came close to matching the
competitive spirit of Black Friday, but not quite.