Sunday, December 02, 2012
And suddenly it's December
It was Elf night at our house tonight. We didn't have spaghetti and maple syrup or anything, but it was pretty fun. It's such a great movie. The best part was cleaning our basement beforehand. It's still not great, but at least now I don't want to pick up a sledgehammer and tear down our wannabe Mexican stucco walls quite as badly.
My goal for December was to be finished my shopping (sorry, talking about Christmas shopping again) so I could just relax and hang out with the family and feel Christmasy. I've done pretty good with the shopping; there are lots of odds and ends I still need to get, but I was still able to have a nice, relaxing weekend. We got our tree, decorated part of it, and have house decorations spread around the rest of the house. Neve unpacked things and lined everything up in a row on the mantel, which looks awesome. Actually it doesn't look much different than when I do it so it will probably stay that way. My Christmas decor isn't perfect, but it all has sentimental value to the kids, so I'm happy with that. My biggest advice to new parents would be: be careful what you buy or display when your children are little because it just "won't be Christmas" for them without that cheap ceramic Santa sitting by a fireplace with a tea light candle holder that makes the fire look real(ish). We're locked into that one for the rest of our lives. But it is fun seeing how excited the kids get about all their favourite ornaments. The Playmobil advent calendar is another thing we'll be doing forever. We've done all the Playmobil calendars a few times each, so now I buy miscellaneous Playmobil sets and make up my own, using the boxes from the calendars we have. There's nothing I'd rather do at 7:00 a.m. on December first. All I can say is: young parents, be careful!
This weekend started off great Friday right after school when Neve convinced me to come to the far end of the field to see the ice slide she plays on at recess. It was just a small, gentle slope, maybe a foot high at the start. She showed me how she went down it, both hurling herself to her knees and sliding down, and by sliding down in a standing position. I thought I'd be the fun mom and try it. The crashing to the knees looked violent and painful, so I thought I'd try standing. That was the worst idea I've ever had. Like something straight out of AFV, my feet just gave way under me and I fell FLAT on my back on the hard ice, banging my head on it as a bonus. Of course I jumped up quickly and pretended to be fine, but MAN did that hurt. I woke up Saturday with pain in my back, ribs, and head. Dale happened to have a disposable heating pad thing for lower back pain that you wrap around and affix with velcro, so that helped a bit. It sucks being old.
Saturday was a day of great joy for Neve - Chloe took her to the mall for their first shopping trip together. One of the best things about being a parent of more than one child is seeing your kids enjoy being together. (I'm full of parenting wisdom today.) Apparently I wasn't the only happy one; I took a picture of them before they left, and Dale took one when he dropped them off at the mall. They were so cute together; they even coordinated their outfits the night before. When I met them a few hours later, they were both glowing with their little shopping bags from Forever XXI and Claire's (Neve) and Bath & Body (Chloe). I'm not a fan of crowded malls on December Saturdays, so I wanted to get out of there, but Neve wanted me to come to Lush to show me some soap that was like play-dough so I fought my way through the crowds. I think she was expecting me to buy it for her but I didn't, so she bought it with her own money. Then Chloe made another stop at The Body Shop and the store was so full with a long line-up and she couldn't decide what to buy and I was getting claustrophobic and boiling hot because I was still wearing that heating pad. So that was the end of that shopping trip. The crowds didn't bother the girls at all, so I'm sure this was the first of many excursions. At least until their money runs out.