Thursday, January 1

Back to normal

We've finally got time to breathe. Zach took his last test of the year, and then every minute was occupied with Christmas and travel preparations. We started by spending some much needed time to ourselves as a family.

There was a Santa Claus at Creekside, where Mia declared again that what she wanted for Christmas was a camera. We thought she was just spouting random words, like when she said she wanted to be a tiger, a monkey, and a cat for Halloween. But this was the fourth time she answered the same way- so after a quick look at the "list" we figured we'd take her seriously and got her a little Barbie digital camera. I was surprised how little it cost, so we didn't feel too guilty adding to the inevitable haul her grandparents were already planning. This was the first time Mia has actually wanted something (other than candy) and the first time we've shopped to "fill an order." It was fun getting it for her- I can see why so many parents like Christmas lists. We're thinking that in coming years, we will try to each give just one special present to each other, so that the gesture of giving resembles more closely the gift it actually sybolizes. But who knows. We're not sure if, as parents, Christmas is what we make of it, or if the world of retail is something we should just accept as an integral part of a "merry" holiday. I can see how prolonging gratification is a great thing to teach kids- and how waiting for gifts could be tied to waiting for Christ's birth... We'll see what happens.

We went straight to COSI after, and realized for the first time that the kids could meet Elmo at the Sesame Street Body exhibit. It wasn't very busy, and they were actually asking people to come see him. So we were the only ones in the room. Without the example of other kids, the girls were a little cautious at first. But after a while, they really warmed up to the big googley-eyed red furry monster. We went to play, but Bree kept trying to go back into the room, so when it was empty again, I let her run back in and snuggle up to Elmo. It was pretty hard to peel her away.

Our flight to Utah was fine. The twins slept okay, and were only cranky for the last 20 minutes. We ran into some pretty awesome turbulence, and later whenever anyone asked Mia how the plane ride was, she said "Bumpy!" She was trying not to be scared, but I could tell she was looking at me like I was nuts for enjoying the sudden drop that lifted us out of our seats.

Christmas is more fun now that there are more kids. Mia loved her camera,
and the twins loved their presents, too- especially while they were still wrapped.

11 comments:

RhondaLue said...

Elmo Rocks!! How fun! It looks like you guys had a great Christmas. Were those cinnamon rolls with green icing and a cherry or something else? so cute.

Summer said...

Yep- my mom puts them in the shape of a Christmas tree, and that's what we eat every Christmas morning.

Breezi said...

I'm so glad that you're back safe and sound!
I'll have to bring your pay it forward thing to church on Sunday. :) I hope you'll like it!.

Sounds like you had a very merry Christmas. And rock on to green cinnamon rolls. yum!

RhondaLue said...

Super cute idea!!!I'm stealing this idea for next year!!

Melissa said...

Glad you had a nice Christmas! Can you believe the snow on Christmas Day? It was crazy. How does Utah snow compare to Ohio snow? Congrats to Zach finishing his tests. Maybe he can take a short breather before everything really gets crazy. Anyway, glad you made it home safe and sound and good luck getting back to normal.

cari said...

Sounds like a fun Christmas. I'm trying to decide if Elmo or Santa would be scarier for kids. Glad the flight went well. Traveling with kids isn't easy.

Marsie Pants said...

I'm totally impressed by your kids' bravery. Abby saw Santa and would barely talk to him, and only while clinging to my neck with a death grip.

Megs said...

I love that Anya is trying to pull Bree off the box. haha And it's no surprise Anya wanted to go back and snuggle. She is the biggest snuggler in the world! I wish I could have spent more time with you guys.

Summer said...

Haha Nog- you got them backwards. Bree is trying to pull Anya off the box, and Bree was the one who wanted to snuggle with Elmo! You need to visit again, I think. ;D

The Garber Family said...

It was fun to see you guys!
Glad you are all back, and hopefully, adjusted again!

Tulsi said...

When Kass was 3 he asked Santa for a bowling ball. Of all things!!! He had never been bowling. He asked 3 different Santa's. He didn't get one. Steve's dad gave him his a couple of years ago. Kass doesn't bowl that much- if ever. I would love to see life through her eyes. How cute.