An Annual Visit

We decided to kick off the month of December with a visit to the jolly man in the red suit. He was at a local store, so we ventured over on a Saturday at noon in hopes that the line would not be too long. As luck would have it, the rush had just passed and there were no other kids waiting when we arrived.

I should probably let you know that Catheryn has requested a doll that poops. Yes, poops. I confess that I have been secretly hoping that she would change her mind and ask for something else, but that has not been the case. She has been saving all her dog walking money in order to buy this particular eating, talking, pooping doll. I told her that if she were planning to ask for it for Christmas, then she better hold off on buying it. She agreed to do so, and is now saving up to buy diapers and food for the doll she is hoping Santa will bring her. Catheryn has been begging for a baby sister for quite some time now, and since she is most definitely not getting one from me, I suppose the doll is the next best thing.

As we are walking in to see Santa, Catheryn confesses that she is a little embarrassed to tell Santa that she would like a pooping doll. I told her to simply ask for a Baby Alive doll, since that is what she is called on the box. Sounds better than “Real Pooping Doll,” I suppose. So, she did just that, and after adding a Care Bear or two, she happily came back to me with her candy cane in hand.

Next up is Nathan. He climbs up onto Santa’s lap and kindly requests a turtle with a light-up shell and a rock tumbler. Santa looks down at him with a slightly confused look on is face.

“A rock what??”

“A rock tumbler,” Nathan says again, a little less confident this time. Santa’s next question nearly made me snort out loud, but I managed to hold myself together.

“Do you even know what that is??” he asked Nathan.

“It polishes rocks,” Nathan informed him.

Santa mumbled something about not even thinking that they made those anymore, and then he called over to his assistant, who was busy changing the batteries in the camera.

“Do you know what a rock tumbler is??”

“A rock what??” She had no idea what it was.

Nathan thanked Santa for his candy cane and then walked back over to me with a look that told me he had absolutely no idea what had just happened. I simply stood there, a motherly smile on my face.

Your turn, William. Perhaps a little nervous due to the previous events, he asked for a remote control helicopter, and then said he couldn’t remember what the other thing was. “A video camera!” Catheryn whispered as loudly as she could.

“Oh right, right,” says William, “and a video camera.”

Santa then wanted to know if the video camera was to go on the helicopter, but William informed him it was to record movies the kids were going to make. He picked up his candy cane and climbed down.

The camera battery issue had still not been resolved, so I took a picture of all three kids myself, thanked Santa, and proceeded to walk past the line that had formed during our rather long and awkward visit.

I realized as we were leaving that Santa is probably used to kids requesting the latest video games or hand-held devises and such. And at that moment I felt some pride in the fact that my kids do not have video games. They play with sticks, perform little skits, sing silly songs about stinky feet, and bicker like there’s no tomorrow. Just as it should be.

Don’t worry, Nathan, I know what a rock tumbler is. And I’ll see what I can do.

IMG_0422 Santa

Merry Christmas!

We just spent a wonderful evening out looking at Christmas lights. We are finished now, but the boys have gone into the video store in search of a fun Christmas movie, so I am using the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!

Our tree is all decorated and the stockings are hung,

our ham is in the refrigerator all ready to go into the dutch oven in the morning,

and cookies and milk are ready for Santa to enjoy.

So now it is time to head home. Santa is on his way, and we don’t want to be awake when he arrives.

The Best Gift


My Favorite Christmas Moment

It has been a wonderful Christmas.  I have loved every aspect of it:  watching the kids’ excitement, hanging out in our jammies, the smell of Christmas dinner in the oven.  But I got to thinking, if I had to pick a favorite moment, what would it be?  I wasn’t sure at first, until I was scanning through pictures.  But in order to explain my choice, I have to back up a little bit… 

Our son, Nathan, is completely in love with the color green.  He chooses the green candy out of the bowl, writes with the green pencil and wears green gloves.  When asked what he wanted for Christmas, he replied simply, “A Pillow Pet.  The green one.”  Fair enough.

I set out Christmas shopping, knowing that all three kids wanted a Pillow Pet.  The penguin was easy to find for William and I had no trouble finding a lady bug for Catheryn.  But no matter where I looked, a green one was nowhere to be found. 

I even called my mom from the store, asking for her advice.  Do I buy a different color, hoping he won’t notice?  Or do I get him something different entirely?  The decision was to get him a Pillow Pet, since that is what he really wanted, and the hope was that he would not mind that is was not green.  I took home the panda bear.   

Merry Christmas 2010

A few days ago we headed over to the mall to see Santa.  When we walked in, staring out from a Hallmark window, was the green frog.  The very Pillow Pet that Nathan had wanted.  So I took the kids downstairs to wait in line for Santa while Rob went into Hallmark to purchase their only green frog.  When Nathan sat of Santa’s knee, what did he ask for?  The green Pillow Pet.  I wanted to go running through the mall screaming that we found a green one, but I kept my excitement under control.

After we arrived home, I sent my parents this email:

“HEY!!  Guess WHAT???  You know how Nathan wanted a GREEN Pillow Pet but I couldn’t find one anywhere so I ended up getting him the panda??  Weeeeeelll… we went to see Santa in the mall and guess what was peeking out from the Hallmark window?  You guessed it!  In a mass Pillow Pet pile-up, there was one GREEN frog right in the middle!!!  So, Rob snuck in to purchase it while the kids and I went to get in line to see SANTA.  I was able to return the Panda.  So Nathan gets the one thing he wanted for Christmas… A GREEN PILLOW PET!!  Talk about being in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time!!!  Because Rob checked, and it was the ONLY one they had!!!”
The subject line read, “Winning the Lottery… Well, sort of :)”
And this morning, as the kids headed out bright and early to see what Santa had brought for them, Nathan’s face said it all.  He had gotten exactly what he had asked for.   

Anxiously Awaiting Santa

Christmas Eve 2010

The kids are all snug in their beds, no doubt going to sleep sound tonight thanks to another afternoon of sledding.  I feel relaxed, knowing that everything is taken care of, and that which is not will not matter in the morning.  Gifts have been wrapped.  Santa has been visited.  Christmas lights have been oohed and aahed over.  The much-anticipated day is about to arrive. 

I had better join the rest of the family in sweet slumber.  Santa is due to arrive soon, and I best not be awake when he does.  I too, am going to sleep well tonight, so long as my excitement does not keep me awake…

Holiday Kick-Off

It doesn’t seem like it should be time for Christmas trees and crafts yet, but apparently the year has gone by much faster than I had thought. 

The C.M. Russell Museum sponsored A Toyland Celebration this weekend.  A whole room on the lower level was filled with art projects for kids to do.  They were able to decorate cookies, make Christmas cards, sock people and ornaments.  There was even a man walking around who all the kids were convinced was Santa.   

The museum was offering free admission for the weekend, so Rob wandered around through the art for a little bit.  There is so much to see, but we are going to have to plan that for a day when the kids have something else going on.  They aren’t ready for that type of museum just yet.   

Today we made our way over to the St. Thomas Children and Family Center for more activities.  They had big, beautiful baskets they were raffling off, so we let each of the kids pick their favorite.  We must not have won any, though, because they never called.    

The Home Depot sponsored a project in one of the rooms, so the kids were able to make their own little tool box.  With at least a dozen hammers going at once, it was a very loud room.  The kids were oblivious and had a great time. 

The center had beautiful trees on display and there were Christmas Carols being sung by a children’s choir.  As we were leaving there were a bunch of cheerleaders heading in, so apparently there was more entertainment on its way. 

It was a really fun weekend for the kids and we had fun tagging along, too.  It is wonderful that so many organizations put together free activities for family fun.  Christmas is definitely on its way, and this was a great way to kick off the Season.  Next stop, Santa Clause, because all three of the kids are dying to ask him for a pillow pet…