We've been hunkered down sick, but hunkered down with plenty of Christmas spirit. The anticipation has been mounting and at this point Bob is absolutely oozing with excitement. Yesterday morning he ran into my room and jumped in the bed and shout-whispered, "I'm so happy because tomorrow is the day before Christmas Eve!" And today, "I know it's a very busy day today because I know that Christmas Eve comes tomorrow!"
Last year we had trouble understanding the idea of giving which was partly due to age and perhaps partly my fault... I made the mistake of putting tiny toys or treats in the daily advent drawers and that totally overshadowed all else. This year our drawers contain only our advent story books and little notes with suggestions for acts of kindness from our friend Elfie (who disappeared to the North Pole for repair somewhere around December 4th and has yet to return). The boys also have chocolate advent calendars from Grandma which, let's be honest, are probably their favorite part. What's fun is that Bob is really starting to get the giving... For Owen he made a stuffed millipede (Wooden once declared "millipede" to be his favorite word), for Maisy he painted an egg carton into... something, and for Dad he helped make... something else. All really thoughtful gifts that warmed my heart like crazy.
Ben and I wrapped the kids' presents tonight while watching a cheesy Christmas movie and it was utterly romantic. And now it's wicked late and I best get myself to bed. I can't wait to see how excited Pup is tomorrow morning that it's Christmas Eve! We'll be baking cookies for Santa and making a banner for Jesus and I can't be my best without rest!
One last thing for tonight... Self-timer Christmas card photo -- BOOM! That there's one of my favorite outtakes. Getting the little boy people to cooperate for a posed photo is not easy... unless you bribe them with hot chocolate! Made what would normally be a quick series of forced smiles into a cute lil fun time.
Have a merry one!