Photo by Stan Random
Well, the presents have been opened, the turkey eaten, movies watched, and it's over for another year.
I'm so tired! All this holidaying has worn me out. Maybe it's the fact that I stayed up until 2:30 am Christmas Eve putting the finishing touches on stocking stuffers for Jake, or that somebody decided to phone us three times in a row this morning at 8:30 am. (Note: if we don't answer it the first time, leave a message, don't keep calling back over and over-maybe we're...um...sleeping?!?)
Jake was thrilled beyond belief with the gynormous chemistry set that Santa brought. He and Handy Dad had it out and set up in no time and immediately began doing experiments from the book that came with it. It's just not Christmas without Handy Dad and Jake building something and arguing with each other over it. Jake will try to tell Handy Dad what to do, Dad will get annoyed, he'll tell Jake to be quiet, and they'll go round and round...it's quite comical to watch, actually. Our searching for the Ethyl Alcohol was for the little alcohol burner (like a Bunsen Burner) that came with the set. Had we looked at the set more carefully, we would've seen that all we needed was rubbing alcohol.
Jake spent a good deal of time building all his lego sets by himself, which was an interesting change. When your kids are little you always end up building everything for them, but thankfully he built his own this year because between us, his birthday, and his relatives he got six lego sets!
Our turkey dinner was delicious! It's taken years but I think I've finally got the hang of making a turkey dinner. I have posted recipes over at Notes from the Cookie Jar-Holiday Version on how to prepare a turkey dinner for only 4 people. Took me years to figure out how to cook small after having a group home and always cooking huge meals, but it can be done! We have lots of leftovers to nibble on, which is nice too.
We spent the day in our pjs, playing with new toys and then watched "A Christmas Carol" and "The Devil Wears Prada". The wind and rain raged outside but it didn't dampen our spirits, we had a great time just being together. It's cozy and warm here, with lots of love, laughter, good food, and chocolate.
Oh, the chocolate. My Dad sent us not one, but TWO of Trader Joe's Pound Plus chocolate bars. I have never seen anything so huge before.
Yes, TWO. Jake's mouth dropped open in disbelief.
That should last us until next Christmas, don't you think?