Some moms are good at documenting the special moments of family life with a camera. This mom…not so much. I have great intentions, but inevitably I’ve left the memory card in some computer or have run out of batteries or just can’t seem to hold the camera steady while chasing a toddler. So I snap a few here and there and just hope to capture the rest of the mememberies in my memembery book. Here are ten moments I’m adding to the pages from Christmas 2012:
1. Christmas Eve Breakfast—For maybe the fifth or sixth year in a row, I enjoyed Christmas Eve breakfast with my friend Ruth and her kids. There’s something about creating (and keeping up with) your own tradition that makes you feel a little more like an adult. Breakfast was slow and easy and her kids were comfortable enough to get themselves their own refills on drinks. They left, and we took a deep breath and said to each other that it was now really Christmas.
2. Righteous Joseph—That night we enjoyed the Celtic Christmas Eve service at church. So I thought it was Christmas after breakfast, but it was for real Christmas after Debbie sang, “You may rejoice to hear the voice of the angel, Gabriel.” That song. Perfect.
3. Chinese Food and Sangria—Carrying on more new traditions, we enjoyed an eclectic but relaxing dinner after church. Thanks to Jay’s work in advance and my sister-in-law’s help, I actually had zero wrapping to do after the crazies were in bed. (Let’s make sure that gets added to the list of traditions too, okay?)
4. Waiting in Agony—Jay was able to hold off Chica for about 45 minutes before letting her come upstairs on Christmas morning so that Bubba and I could sleep a little bit longer. How he accomplished this I will never know. When they finally got upstairs, he said Chica still had to wait to open gifts until after he used the bathroom. At that moment I had flashbacks of my own dad purposely stalling with the camera and batteries as a kid. Sorry Chica, but I’m sure you’ll do the same to your kids when it’s time.
5. The Scarf—Every year there is something that Chica asks for at the last minute from Santa. I mean like Christmas Eve, last minute. And her emphatic little heart makes Santa want to go to any length necessary to make it happen. Two years ago it was Spiderman, last year it was a skateboard, and this year it was scarf. So Santa, after returning some ridiculously late library books, hit up the Roses Express in the Plaza for a scarf. The sincere exclamation of, “A scarf…it’s just what I wanted!” upon opening it was worth every penny of that six dollars.
6. THE tie—Unbeknownst to us, Chica’s nana took her shopping to the Dollar Tree to buy gifts for Jay, Bubba, and me. She actually did a fantastic job picking out treasures. Including this:
The picture, in this case, just doesn’t do it full justice; it also plays music. And as if that wasn’t enough, we found out later that day that Chica’s cousin bought the very same type of tie for his daddy too. I love it.
7. Mileage reimbursements—Jay gave me a very extravagant gift that I totally wasn’t expecting. Upon opening it, I admit I silently waivered back and forth between, “Holy cow, this is cool!” and, “I tried so hard to stick to Christmas budget, and you TOTALLY blew it!” He knows me well enough to know that this was exactly what I was thinking, too. So after the craziness had died down (and I think I still hadn’t opened it), he told me that he had saved up his mileage reimbursements for the year in order to make my gift happen. All of a sudden it was ok.
8. Nap—I got one on Christmas afternoon. It’s a highlight, folks.
9. A Christmas Story—Before dinner Chica and I retired to the basement to try to lower the chaos factor upstairs. We played pizza delivery man and Nutcrackers go to heaven and all sorts of other four-year-old pretend stories. The highlight was when one dollhouse doll was telling another the Christmas story. In case you haven’t heard, you should know that the magi brought Jesus, “Gold, breakenpence, and whir.”
10. Perfect Ending—We finished out a great day with a movie after the kids were in bed. I cannot tell you the last time I stayed awake to watch an entire movie…it must have been a good one!
So how about you? What mememberies did you add to your memembery book this Christmas? I’d love to hear one!