December 14th, 2012
This morning got off to a rough start due to a Major Mouse Meltdown. I made a massive error in judgment and allowed Buggie to don a pair of his big sister’s pink socks to wear to school today. (The kid loves pink and likes wearing anything that belongs to his sister.) The fireworks started the moment we came downstairs and Miss Mouse noticed his foot apparel. We got it sorted out but it was a stressful start to the day.
Thus it seemed like a good time to do a “things I’m loving” post. So here’s five things I’ve loving about the holiday season:
1) The children’s Christmas play at our church, which featured Miss Mouse as an angel and Buggie as a cow. It was based loosely on a terrific book called The Donkey’s Christmas Song and focuses on the “gifts” the animals bring to Jesus on the night of his birth.
2) Free parking in all the little downtowns around here, and the fact that no one cares if you stay longer than the posted 2-hour limit because there’s always plenty of spaces.
3) Buggie’s holiday “concert” at school. Had you been there, you’d have immediately picked out the plaid-shirted, reindeer-antlered blondie boy rocking out to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in the back row. He appeared to be trying to start a mosh pit.
4) Gingerbread houses.
5) Lady Grey tea. It’s Earl Grey’s more delicate cousin. My mom got me hooked and now I don’t think I could live without it.
6) Winter fields at daybreak as I drive the kids to school. The hard frost on the trees and fences is stunning.
7) My Christmas tree. Even though it is in constant peril thanks to my rambunctious off-spring, every time I look at it, I smile.
8) The chilly weather. It’s just cold enough to justify my favorite hat and beloved red plaid scarf, but not so cold that my lack of serious outerwear that fits has become a problem yet.
9) Christmas parades! I’m still trying to figure out if they’re a regional thing. We went to three this year – every little town around has their own. Is that the norm around you?
10) The face Buggie makes when you ask him to smile for the camera.