Happy New Year!


The holiday break is coming to a close. As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been blogging. I also haven’t been cleaning, shopping, doing laundry, or checking email.

I love vacation.

We’ve spent most of ours in a state of complete sloth. Of course, we’ve taken occasional breaks for loafing and idleness, and even managed to squeeze in some goofing off here and there. I haven’t gotten all my dilly-dallying in yet, but I’ve a got a big session of lazing planned for later tonight, so I don’t have much time to spend on this post.

In that spirit, I thought I’d just share some of our Christmas and New Year’s vacation highlights:

*We took the kids to see Santa at the mall the Saturday before Christmas. Katie’s not really into Santa anymore, but Caleb was eager to meet him. When we saw we were going to have to wait in a rather lengthy line, we tried to distract Caleb with offers to visit the game store or go get food, but he was having none of it. When the most impatient four year old in the world is willing to wait for forty minutes without complaining, you wait. This Santa was the best kind, truly jolly and sporting his own authentic beard. While standing in line, Paul and I waxed nostalgic about Katie’s first Santa photo, with a Santa who looked like at least two of the seven dwarves (Sleepy and Grumpy come to mind.) Another year, our Santa seemed to have tippled a little too much eggnog before showing up for work. Hopefully Rudolph did the driving. I guess when it comes to the mall Santas of the world, you just never know what you’re going to get!

*The kids were nearly vibrating with anticipation as Christmas Day approached. On Christmas morning, they let us sleep in until an amazing seven a.m. before a tiny voice in my ear was asking, “Is it time for stockings now?” The gifts and stocking stuffers carefully selected over the past several weeks lasted about three minutes under the onslaught of eager little hands, and before long all the plunder lay strewn across the living room floor. There were oohs and ahhs, an mp3 player for Katie, new superhero action figures for Caleb, and an Xbox360 game for Paul. As for me, my guy got me my heart’s desire: the wireless Bluetooth headphone/mic set I wanted for my laptop. Am I a lucky geek, or what?

*Christmas dinner at Grandpa and Grandma’s was truly a feast, thanks to Yvie’s culinary prowess. She and Dad really enjoyed their first Christmas together. We showed up the day after Christmas to partake of the traditional Turkey Hash: leftover turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes fried up together on the stove. Heavenly! I wish every day was Turkey Hash day.

*The snow really started piling up last week, and we had promised the kids we’d go sledding, so when our friends Jen and Arrty invited us all over on Saturday for a day of snow fun, hot chocolate, and games, we happily piled into the car with sled and snow gear, ready to hit the hills behind their house. In no time, a great sledding run was carved out of the deep powder and children and adults alike were taking turns careening at full speed down the embankment. I was the only one in our family without snow pants, and before too long, I was soaked to the bone and shivering. That’s when Jen taught me another mark of a true friend: she lets you wear her pajamas while your clothes are in the dryer.

*After eight months without a haircut, my mane was getting out of control–split ends, flyaways, do-nothing limp locks that hung like strands of wet seaweed against my skull. Every day I wore it in the same style, caught up in a metal barrette on top of my head to keep it from laying over my eyes. Finally, fed up, I decided to pay a visit to my friend Ada’s hairstylist, a miracle worker named Brittany. Several of my friends have emerged from her chair of Hair Transformation with beautiful new dos, so it was only a tiny bit scary to walk in and say, “Do whatever you want.” Half an hour later, I had layers. I had body. I had a new bottle of hair gel! I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

*About a month ago, thanks to the wonders of Netflix, Paul and discovered the already-hit show, Smallville. We lapped up Season One a disk at a time, impatiently waiting in between for Netflix to send our next fix. When we mentioned our new addiction to our friends Ryan and Regina, they delightedly informed us that they owned Seasons One through Five and proceeded to deliver the next two boxed sets to our door. We’ve been watching one or two episodes a night for a while, but once vacation started, we went on a total binge. In the last week, we’ve plowed our way through thirty-something episodes, and even as I type this, we are watching the the first hour of Season Five. (Paul didn’t want me to tell you that, but what’s a blog for, if not confessing your embarrassing secrets?)

*Paul and I didn’t have New Year’s Eve plans this year until Kathy and Steve called to see if we were interested in joining a casual hullabaloo at their place. Have you ever heard a roomful of kids all blowing party noisemakers at the top of their lungs? It’s a sound you only hear once in a lifetime (the permanent hearing damage guarantees it.) We set a spread of appetizers and desserts that you wouldn’t believe and the twelve of us barely put a dent in it. The girls kicked the boys’ butts in Three For All, not once but twice, and we toasted the arrival of the new year with virgin cran-tinis. Of course, being over thirty and having kids to put to bed, we celebrated our midnight moment along with Arkansas, Texas, and the rest of the Central time zone, at a modest ten p.m. Idaho time. We had a wonderful night, and Paul and I were home in time for a New Year’s revel of our own.

I hope that all of your holidays were equally merry and unproductive. I think I’m ready for 2008 now!


8 responses »

  1. Wow! What a great update. I love that somebody else is slothing. I had to ask JEJ today what day it was. First of all congrats to your well-deserved Blog Award on HBO… best parenting blog. I agree 100%. Also congrats on the new do… do we get to see a picture? I hope you might consider coming the the Blogfest this year in Feb. Our blogging family all plans to be there and we are eager to put names and faces together. Happy New Year.

  2. I am most definitely planning to be at Blogfest if at all possible. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person! I’ll try to post some pictures soon…I finally pulled them off my camera (it wasn’t on my slothful To Do list!)

  3. Hello and congratulations, too. I did not know about your award until I read the above comment. What an achievement! I am a frequent reader, and trying to comment more on the blogs I read. I know that it is real work to “put it out there,” and can sometimes feel like crickets. Happy New Year from New England, and all the best at Blogfest!

  4. Happy New Year, friend.

    I too have had a TON of trouble trying to blog this holiday season. My worst month ever. But I have some great pictures and some incredible memories and some good material for the slow months to come. Do you think a Tree Trek post would be out of place in February?

  5. Happy New Year!!! We’re doing a bunch of nothing around here too πŸ™‚ Well, except for hosting no less than 3 different sets of company (2 of them with 3 or more kids!) within 2 weeks and just general buzzing around. But, I love the holidays…once Christmas comes & goes, there’s nothing on the agenda except eating, sleeping and finding a home for all of the new toys, which I should be doing now, but am not!

    So, what’s the business about an HBO award?!?! Even during your slothful moments of laziness, you should at least notify your vigilant readers when an award has been won…details please?!?

  6. I probably should clarify this matter of the HBO blogging award by mentioning that HBO in this case stands for Huckleberries Online, a local blog affiliated with the Spokane Spokesman-Review. They keep a North Idaho blogroll and one of the frequent posters included this blog in his own personal list of Blog Awards. πŸ™‚ While it is definitely an honor, I’m sorry to disappoint any of you that thought this had anything to do with that other HBO. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks, all, for your comments!

  7. We had lots of fun at the gatherings, too. And thanks for leaving out the embarrassing details of the 80’s Trivial Pursuit game. For so many reasons.

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