Christmas 2014

After attending the Christmas eve service at church, we came home and played “Santa.”  The kids all go to bed and then get called back downstairs one at a time, where they each take a turn helping Sid and me fill stockings with candy.  When they have all had a turn and gone to bed for the night, Sid and I add a few more surprises to their stockings.

Santa Sidney tries on a gruff persona while stroking his short, sparse whiskers.

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Santa Lincoln caves under the pressure of the camera.  It is hard to take treat-eating seriously with Mom clicking pictures.

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Santa Rachel gobbles her nutella on a Ritz cracker.

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Santa Prairie plays it cool.

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My favorite highlights from Christmas morning . . . .

My present from Sid . . .

Please, let me give the details, lest you think this is merely a potty seat.  THIS potty seat has a light that allows one to visit the potty at 2 am half asleep without stumbling or turning on overhead lights.  I used it last night.  The light is a very dim blue light that makes the toilet bowl interior glow ethereally.  Who would ever think one could describe a potty as ethereal?  I was fairly amused, though a sleepy amused, at my 2 am potty visit.

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Lincoln with his throwing knives and his tough, knife-throwing expression.

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Prairie with her unicorn necklaces from Lincoln.

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Lincoln, holding his handmade sock rabbit from Rachel.

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Prairie hovers while Maw-Maw Rachel opens her gift from Prairie.  “I need to explain this,” Prairie says.

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My absolute FAVORITE thing all day — the two kids who have irritated each other in the past being so affectionate.

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Rachel made me a cork doll and wrote a poem on her favorite flamingo fabric.

I print the poem she wrote for me below . . . . .

The Perfect Mom

A family depends

on a Mom

A teacher on

making a pom-pom

A cook who

makes our food

A Mom which

has a good mood.

 

We all got a good laugh out of the good mood — good moods are not my norm, though I try.  I was thrilled to see her attempt to imitate William Carlos Williams’ The Red Wheelbarrow.

Rachel also wrote a poem for Sid.

The Perfect Dad

A family depends

on a Dad

A comforter when

we are sad

A man who helps

us in troubles

A man like this

is better than doubles.

 

Prairie, once again, had to explain her gift.  She calls it a “spirit,” which is a doll with a flashlight body.  She says I can hold it to see how to walk down the stairs at night instead of turning on the hall light.  When I click the flashlight button on the bottoms, it glows.

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Sidney was especially thrilled to pull this out of his stocking.

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Lincoln is just being goofy.  He was just as thrilled.

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Prairie jumps up to “explain” another one of her gifts.  “I need to explain this, Daddy.”

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Prairie gave Lincoln a cork doll magnet.  She sat close by him while he opened it, so she could “explain.”

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Rachel made Sidney a cork tie

Lots of love and laughs and thoughtful giving — a good Christmas.

 

 

 

 

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