Ahh, sweet Grace, our Connecticut grandchild. Grace saw Santa the other day. Hopefully she didn’t have any “surprise requests”. Someone told me that she told her kids that Santa stopped taking requests on December 1. Smart mom. Calli came home from school yesterday with a letter to Santa asking for all new things NOT on the original Christmas list. And Declan saw Santa yesterday and asked for a “robot dog”, also not on the original Christmas wish list. I do remember a Christmas when Erin asked Santa for “Winnie the Pooh” (she was 20 months old) and then Christmas Eve Day told her grandmother that Santa was bringing Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Jerry and I looked at each other and Jerry immediately headed out to Sears for Tigger…ended up at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, where he finally found the last Tigger for miles around.
It is SO quiet around here. All three kids are elsewhere for playdates. Yesterday there were several extra kids here. It was bedlam. While they were gone today, Jerry and Erin put together Declan’s toy chest. Yellow is his favorite color and when Erin saw it at Ikea a few weeks ago, she knew it was perfect. They put it together in record time. It took me longer to put the stick on letters DECLAN than it took to put the chest together. First I measured from top to bottom, tried to line everything up, remeasured, redid the letters and finally gave up and “eyeballed the whole thing” and the two of them told me it was just fine. I can’t cut on a straight line so obviously I can’t put letter down on a straight line. Erin kept saying “Remember, mom, he’s only four” but I wanted it to look good. Oh well, it is what it is.
Jerry and I went with Erin and Brent to Declan’s Christmas concert at preschool where the junior kindergarten and kindergarten were spectacular. They sang their hearts out. The twos and threes stood up there and stared at the audience terrified while the teachers sang and then burst into smiles when everyone applauded. The toddlers wandered off or cried when they saw their mommies and came back to the group after some reassuring cuddling from mom or dad. It was positively adorable and was such a clear snapshot of the developmental differences from 18 months to five.
The Newsroom (HBO) ended this past week. I just loved that show. Another favorite is ending next month (Parenthood). Two favorites…I just march to a different drummer than most TV viewers, I guess. The “top shows” are NEVER among my favorites.
We’re doing a lot of reading. Declan is in love with Henry and Mudge, we’re reading the first Harry Potter to Calli and Lana is 61% through the sixth Harry Potter (can you tell she has a Kindle?) I’m reading My Dream of You for book club and thoroughly enjoying it.
And being here at Christmas is so sweet. I remember last Christmas when I was okay but had just finished three chemo treatments and was so tired and weak. I spent most of the holiday curled up in a chair watching these beautiful children and reading to them. This year I am able again to play hide and seek, Octonauts, and Legos AND watch these beautiful children and read to them. But I’m STILL going to bed about the same time they do!
I need to get more pictures of the girls. Declan is the photogenic one these days!