Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Gifts - Check. Wrapping Paper - Uh oh!

We're done shopping for Christmas. Woooo Hooo!

I am still amazed that we got done in roughly 3 hours. Without spending a fortune. AND buying some pretty cool stuff, if I do say so myself!

Mostly thanks to Grammy and Grampy who watched the kids for us this last Saturday, because nothing adds 2 hours onto your shopping time than two kids with kids needs.

So we're done. Now everything's in the bedroom on the side of the bed... but Snoopy McSnooperson (AKA Katie) has been in there many times and just *happens* to meander over to that side of the bed and while she just *happens* to be there, she peeks. Totally. And without remorse. Even mentioning the gifts she can see and asking questions about them. Grrr!!! :)

I've got to wrap these things up soon. But I need paper.

I might see if anyone's got the comics left over from... oh, 6 papers, maybe 10... Mom and Dad? Grammy and Grampy? Are you reading this? :)

Our Tree and Bam Bam (AKA Jake)

We got the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. It's beautiful. Katie got home from the lake and just stared up at it. For about 10 seconds, then she ran off to play downstairs.

Jake doesn't seem to care much. The only time he pays attention to the tree is when the bench is moved out of the way of it and he can alllllmost touch it with his tiny hands if he stretches as much as he can. So, the bench is usually in the way.

He's actually started to grab the edge of the window ledge and, holding on tight he lifts up his legs. I tried to get it on video last night but the lights were dim and the picture wasn't clear.

Between that and climbing onto the couch, I would say we're going to be in trouble sooner than I thought.

The kids have gone to play center and Katie's gone to Cubbies. I think they enjoy the activities.

We went to Paigey's birthday party a last weekend and had fun watching the kids play. Katie wanted to be rightnexttoPaige during present opening and at one point asked if she could play with the little people game after Uncle Mike got done opening it "and then Paigey can play with it" but that was vetoed. Because, you know... obviously not Katie's birthday or Katie's toy.

It was cute.

Not much else has happened in our little world aside from the usual hijinks and catastrophies courtesy of two wonderful children who make me laugh pretty much most of the time I'm with them.

Santa Claus

So, yesterday we were sitting around in the living room enjoying the humor that is Sponge Bob* when the topic came up.

*(Really, we were *watching* episodes of Sponge Bob and talking about funny scenes from them. Really. I know, strange.)

Oh, so the topic:

Santa Claus.

Now, I have been telling her over and over that the reason for Christmas is to celebrate Jesus' birthday. And she gets that... but when I ask "what's Christmas for?" She'll flip back and forth between "Jesus' Birthday!" and "Santa?"

So, as we're sitting there, I looked at John and he looked back at me. I said, should we tell her the truth? Would that make us bad parents? And he didn't think so, and I didn't think so (cause I think she's old enough to understand that Santa does not = presents... No-ho-hoooo, mommy and daddy = presents and really) so we...


told her that Santa isn't real. That's he's just pretend. That mommy and daddy buy presents for her for Christmas and that the mall Santas are just people who dress up in Santa outfits. Because Santa isn't real.

After taking a second to catch my breath, I looked at Katie to see how she was taking it...

And she was fine.

She said something about the Santas at the store being strangers and that Santa is pretend. And I calmly agreed.

I was still waiting for tears or some indication that we had burst all of her little girl dreams but she just said "Santa is pretend." and I said yes, again. And that was pretty much it.

And then John piped in with "And so are the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny."

Now, I don't know if Katie heard that but I sure wasn't going to burst every little bubble on such a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Also, I didn't want her to start asking questions about the validity of the Toy Fairy... because she's TOTALLY real.