Friday, December 25, 2009

Singing Lessons

Ahhh, the presents are opened (with scads and scads of them from my parents), Santa ate his cookies (and the reindeer ate their carrots), the first toys were broken (at 8:17am, four minutes after Little Miss started playing with her Bakugan), and the overtired, overstimulated wee ones are once again nestled in their beds.

We had a great Christmas, although we still haven't learned our lesson. Once again the wee ones had a gift opening frenzy that precluded my husband and I noticing exactly who each gift was from. My aunt, my sister-in-law, and my husband's cousins gave gifts, as did my sister and parents. Annnnnnnnd we're really not sure what is from whom in most cases, although we're pretty sure my sister-in-law declined to buy me a gift after insisting my husband buy her husband a wii game in addition to the Dippin' Dots maker for her daughter and college gear for her. Yep, we'll be making the calls of shame yet again tomorrow and swearing we'll do better next year.

Mister Man loved his gifts, although he did notice that there was no Crayola Crayon Maker. After bursting into tears, he allowed me to explain the lengths we went through to try to find one for him and that we'll go together to buy one once they're restocked in stores, which will make it more special for him. And he was good with that, luckily.

We made it to my aunt and uncle's (where, oops, we both made potatoes au gratin as my uncle merely told me to make a side dish and to not do sweet potatoes) and back safely, although the temps dropped quickly which immediately the rain that had been falling all day. My mom broke the only glass at the gathering (phew), and there was no drama.

Little Miss finally changed out of her Halloween shirt and Easter slippers (which she wore to "trick" Grandma) and into the ummm 2T Christmas dress that somehow still fits her. It's no longer floor length, but I still wouldn't believe the size if I hadn't looked at the tag myself. She, of course, managed to shred her tights, but she at least kept them on. We're making progress.

And we're all happy....

Little Miss took awhile to get into the holiday spirit last week:

But once she did, she was so proud of her abilities (she unfortunately learned the right words before I remembered to tape her more interesting rendition):

Which of coure meant that Mister Man had to show us how well he knew the songs that he learned for his Christmas program:

I'm content. I'd like to just hold onto this feeling for a little bit longer. Merry Christmas to you (assuming you're celebrating), and I hope it was a quiet and peaceful day (if you aren't)!


WeaselMomma December 26, 2009 at 6:03 AM  

I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas.

BTW, You are wearing my pajamas and your dog has the matching sweater.

anymommy December 26, 2009 at 9:54 PM  

Merry Christmas!! I loved blogging with you in 2009.

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet December 26, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

Glad to hear you had a wonderful CHRISTmas! :D What a blessing! Love the clips, too! :D

Pat December 26, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

Good job, Little Miss and Mister Man! I liked your singing!

It sounds like you had a wonderful

-Mrs. VanderBeek (for LM and MM)
-Pat for Michelle.

Mrs4444 December 27, 2009 at 7:52 AM  

Your kids are beautiful (and can sing! :) and I love all of the hand motions your son used.

I feel that same contentment. Thanks for articulating that for me.

Glad your holiday was everything you hoped (now, go get that crayon maker!! :)

Tara R. December 27, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

Love the songs! Perfect!

septembermom December 27, 2009 at 12:07 PM  

I love your kids in front of the camera! They are natural performers :) Looks like they had a great Christmas too. I've been trying to find places for all the new toys. My mom went a little shopping crazy this year :)

Claudya Martinez December 27, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

Content is a nice filling, yet relaxing feeling.

I'm glad your family had a lovely Christmas!

Michelle December 27, 2009 at 9:00 PM  

WeaselMomma - I feel compelled to point out that those are actually my sister's feet... and her dogs dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus. :)

Stacey - Ditto! I hope you all had a great Christmas!

Sherry - Oh it was wonderful. And they're still so happy today, which is all I can ask for.

Pat - They're ummm quite proud of their singing. They sang for our oven repairman yesterday, too.

Mrs4444 - Awww, thanks! Trust me, she now knows the hand motions, too. Fingers crossed that she ends up at the same school and they use the same motions next year for the Christmas program or we're in trouble!

Tara - Thanks. They're... quite entertaining.

Kelly - Ohhh, aren't they though?Interestingly they perform even when there's no camera around.

Unknown Mami - Isn't it? I only wish I had it and felt it more often. I hope you had a great Christmas, too!

Melisa Wells December 28, 2009 at 6:51 PM  

Wait...DIPPIN DOTS MAKER??? I need to know more about this!

Michelle December 28, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

Melisa - Ummm Costco was selling a Dippin' Dots maker? So we bought one for my niece? Unfortunately, that's about all I know :)

Hyacynth December 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM  

Little Miss' song is so heartwarming. It made my heart so warm to hear her singing about the real meaning of Christmas.

Michelle March 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

Hyacynth - Yep, that's my girl. I love listening to her sing. Humming the Star Wars theme song for hours on end, not so much, but this? I can listen to this!

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