Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy Christmas

We had such a happy Christmas this year, though it didn't come without its trials.  


As any parent knows, Christmas really starts the night before, when all the presents are set out.  If you look closely, you'll notice that the stockings on the right are set on the floor.  They were so stuffed with goodies that they were causing the holders to tumble off the mantel, so we had to set the stockings down.  Sometime around 1 a.m., I heard rustling among the packages.  Given the vast quantity of cats that we own, I assumed that one of them was pulling tissue paper out of the sacks around the tree.  When I went to check, however, Speed Bump was the culprit.  The naughty dog had gotten into Oz's stocking and devoured an entire package of black licorice bullets.

For the record, black licorice doesn't harm dogs but does give them horrendous diarrhea.  And when the dog goes outside the next morning, leaves a mess on the porch, and then manages to get some on his back paws that he tracks back into the house... well, THAT is a memorable odor.  It was a heck of a way to wake up!

Still, we finally got the dog imprisoned in the garage and sat down to open gifts.

When I was a little girl, I had a Pogo Ball.  Now my girl has one, too.
Her favorite gift - a small radio and purple headphones
A step-by-step baking book - the kids have already made apple streusel bars!
Happy Christmas boy who just opened his metal detector
Oz brought out a new, properly-sized bike while we were opening other gifts
The Epic Perplexus had been on his list for months
A 'butterfly' chair to replace the papasan chair she broke last year.
This one's much sturdier and much more... well, FLASHY.
Oz enjoyed his Christmas, too.  The kids gave him a new lamp for his office.
Oz and I never get to play Santa at our house.  The kids insist on doing it all themselves!
Carnage
My girl instantly wanted to try out her Pogo Ball.  This makes me proud.
Lots of smiles wreathed faces this Christmas.  After the presents, we ate our traditional Christmas cinnamon rolls before bundling up and heading over to my dad's for the rest of the day.  We were supposed to get snow on Christmas, but it all headed south and tormented others for the day.  We could use the moisture, and I can't say that I wasn't hoping for a white Christmas, but it was nice not to have to worry about ice on the roads.

Tomorrow - the kids and their projects!

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