Merry Christmas! Are you having as much fun policing board game pieces as I am?
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to worry less about the mess and actually play the board games with them, which is why I said yes to playing Clue this morning. It was quite early when my 5-year-old asked—like, before-I’d-even-finished-my-first-coffee early—and I had to “deny myself” to put down my prayer book.
(Which, when you think about it, is probably the whole point of praying.)
It helped that my 5-year-old narrated the entire setting-up-the-board-game process, which bought me 20 extra minutes to clean my kitchen.
|A 5-year-old in the foreground and behind him, three sweet aunties!|
That’s what’s called a win-win situation.
We fit in a whirlwind trip to North Dakota–there and back on Christmas Day.
(I’ll let my pictures tell the story.)
(My pictures and their captions! ‘Cause I’m a captions kind of gal.)
~ My beautiful sister and my beautiful mom ~
~ My beautiful parents ~
(how I love them)
Our trip home was shortened because of my son’s work schedule (“What do you mean, you didn’t get the 26th off?!”) but it was so, so worth it. My mom and dad are both doing well, and do you know? I actually made my momma laugh! This is how it happened:
We were getting ready to go and were mostly all in the van when Francis announced that he had a poop. Isn’t that always how it goes? I brought him back into the house and met my husband at the door.”You’re going the wrong way, you know.” I shot him a look as I wiped Francis’ bottom, then handed him the stinky bundle. “Throw that away for me, you snot.”
My brother intercepted him. “Don’t throw that away in here, okay? Take it out to the garage.”
“How ’bout we tuck it under your pillow?” I teased.
And my mother giggled, really and truly giggled!
My heart melted at the sound.
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Netflix is heavily promoting the new King Julien shows and sent me a King Julien-themed care package to celebrate.
Alas, that creature is not my cup of tea, so I can’t (personally) recommend you watch!
(I’m sorry, Netflix. He annoys me.)
(It’s a booty-shaking thing.)
So instead, I’m going to send you over to Kendra’s blog for this post because she, too, is on the #StreamTeam and has a whole wonderful list of Christmas movies to watch.
I think we’ll start with The Bells of St. Mary’s and then head to Australia for a Bush Christmas. We’ve also got the DVD version of Joyeux Noel on the way but I don’t think it’ll get here until after New Year’s Eve.
Oh well! We’ll still be celebrating.
I’m starting my 2nd Whole30 (for real) on January 1st. I know, I know–how original. Still, it’s a program that I know works for me, and it’ll be fun to be part of such a HUGE group of people.
And if not fun, then oh-so-worth it. : )