My computer is pretty hit-and-miss right now. I was able to get it started up and it's not freezing on my every 15 seconds. It's a Boxing Day miracle.
A quick run-down on Christmas this year:
Both my grandmother's are in decent health after a pretty rough year, one having recently had hip replacement surgery and a weird intestinal thing that caused her to drop 30 lbs but has gone away as mysteriously as it started, and the other having fallen while cleaning her refrigerator last spring, breaking herself in many places.
Picture me knocking on the nearest piece of trim.
For all their weirdness and foibles and pre-adolescent moodiness my kids are pretty damn awesome. They were gracious receiving their gifts and remembered all their pleases and thank-yous. They are also coming to the age where they are thinking of others and made hand-made gifts for both grandmothers, my parents and I'm guessing they must have asked their dad for a little money because they got me a cute little necklace. It has Snoopy on it.
Quite honestly, all the kids were well behaved.. my sisters' kids are all pretty nice kids as well. They all seemed to like their gifts as well.
My haul included the aforementioned DVD player, necklace and... a Ukelele! So I have a new instrument to learn, as I was not aware that the Uke works on entirely different tuning and chord patterns. I love getting stuff for Christmas that I would have a hard time justifying for myself. I know other people like practical stuff, but my thing with practical gifts is, if I haven't already bought it for myself it's probably because I don't feel like I really need it. So this was an awesome gift. (In all fairness, the DVD player was pretty cool too, because that was on my list of things I WAS going to buy for myself, out of necessity, and now I don't have too).
Today consisted of some visiting/procrastination as I took my cousin back over to my parents (they were short on room and she loves spending time with my girls) and then stopped by my sister's place. My youngest nephew is absolutely adorable and starting to speak in full sentences. Amusing as all get out. Coming home I got on taking down the tree, as my house is entirely too small to keep it up for long. There was also the matter of putting away gifts and doing about two and a half weeks worth of laundry.
We set up the newish Wii that was gifted to the kids from Nanny. Well, technically. December 1st my Nan usually sends me a check for each of the girls and instructions to get something for them from her, because God love her, she's getting old and has a hard time getting around and quite frankly, has better things to do with her remaining years than shop for kids, especially when she doesn't know what to get them anyway.
What this has resulted in is that in our house, Santa doesn't bring the really cool gifts... Nanny does. I can picture the day when we finally have the Santa talk (which won't be long now, I think) and the question will be "Okay.. but Nanny's still real, right?"
I've mentioned a few times today that I count myself lucky that I don't dread family time. My biggest worry when we all get together is.. "Oh man.. it's gonna get so LOUD". Because it does. Get loud, that is. But if that's worst that happens, I think we're doing okay.
Hope everyone else had a lovely Christmas, or a satisfying secular Sunday.