Challenge: “table top”
Tim and I are both sick so Dominos was kind enough to cook and deliver dinner for us tonight.
A three-way snowball fight sounds like a good idea to them but every parent reading this knows it will end badly.
I choose to let them learn that lesson on their own.
The first one came inside victorious and ran through the house at lightning speed to get away from the other two. The victorious one, of course, tracked snow all the way through the main floor and spent the next half hour cleaning up sludgy snow off the hardwood floors (ironically he only ran across the section of the hardwood floor that didn’t get ruined by the flood).
The second kid threw a fit and exclaimed that the other two were breaking some unspoken rules that he thought were implied and that everyone should have followed. In an act of spite he locked the third kid out of the house (presumably to teach them a lesson?) and then went and tackled and hurt the first kid.
The third kid, who threw some pretty mean and vicious snow balls at the other’s faces (a serious infraction on a well know house rule – Don’t throw things at people’s faces!) was locked out of the house and screaming in fear.
I could have told them to not have a snow fight but what is the fun in that?
In the end, all three had to apologize to me for breaking rules and to each other for hurting feelings, hurting faces and scaring the shit out of one another.
I am sure they will do this all again tomorrow.
We drove from the Shannons to the Clutes on Christmas day and stayed at the Cabin until the 29th. It wasn’t the longest Christmas break, but we had to beat a snow storm so we headed home a day earlier than planned.
Even though we only had 3 full days at the Cabin we packed those days full. Instead of breaking down the photos into days I am just going to break them into two posts “inside” and “outside” photos.
Inside at the Cabin.
Elise’s favorite Christmas present this year was not the gift I bought on Amazon and rush shipped to our house in order for her to be able to open it at our family Christmas. Nope, her favorite gift was handmade from her Great Grandma Moo. Great Grandma made Elise and her dolls matching flannel night gowns and she loved them! Nama knit the matching slippers, hat and scarf. (More photos and another post on the pjs soon)
My parents indulged Michael’s love of video games and played with him whenever it was too cold to be outside.
Probably the most anticipated gift for everyone to watch being opened was the keyboard Nama and Papa gave to Patrick. We all knew that he would love it and we have been talking about this moment for months. My mom, sister and I all thought we would see Patrick’s signature happy dance when he ripped the paper off the box. That didn’t happen. There was no happy dance. When he tore the paper off the biggest gift under the tree you could almost hear the comedic “whomp whomp whomp” He couldn’t have cared less. The next day my mom set up the keyboard and that is when he fell in love. Here he is sharing a proud moment repeating back to my mom “Middle C is the most important key”
There was hot chocolate.
and more video games. (it was cold!)
There was coloring (with her dolls of course)
And even some bongo playing.
There was lots of music, endless yummy food and a warm fire blazing. Christmas at the cabin doesn’t get much better… unless it is warm enough to play outside!