Holiday review

by DaniGirl on December 28, 2005 · 7 comments

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I’m back!

Sorry I haven’t posted anything. I’d like to tell you it’s because I was doing something exciting, or was somewhere exotic. I can’t even tell you I was busy revelling with family and friends. Nope, I was just too busy doing nothing to blog.

Ah, sweet nothing.

Can I tell you a secret? In the last three nights I’ve averaged nine hours of sleep. That’s AVERAGE, mind you. Contrast that to the week before Christmas, when I was averaging around six hours sleep. This morning when my alarm went off at a quarter to six, I was so deeply perplexed by the sound of the radio waking me up I had to stop and think about what it was. My boys have had me up before the alarm for probably the entire month of December.

What’s behind this copious amount of slumber time? I have no idea. Simon is still waking a couple of times a night looking for his soother, but for whatever reason they’ve started to creep toward dawn with their morning wake-ups, and whatever the reason I’m happy with the results.

So, did you have a nice holiday? (I am using the past tense because I am one of the five civil servants in the entire national capital region who are actually at work today.) We had a lovely, truly lovely, family Christmas. My brother and his wife were over with my adorable one-year-old son Noah, and my cousin and his mom, his wife and their four-year-old came by on Christmas Eve, along with my parents. That’s my entire side of the family, all in one house. It doesn’t happen often, but I am thrilled when it does.

It was that happy, noisy kind of pandemonium that I love. The boys were wired, the grown-ups were chatting, the salmon and cream-cheese ring and peppercorn chevre were delicious. I love my family, I really do.

The boys loved their Christmas presents. Tristan was so cute; as he opened every gift his voice lifted about two octaves as he said, “WOW! It’s the most best Christmas present I ever got that I always wanted!” Simon said, “Pretty neat” and “Coo-ooo-ool!” every time he saw something being opened. The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine were the heroes of the day. That, and GeoTrax and the Little People ABC Zoo were the big hits. And we played about an hour of Hullabaloo yesterday – highly recommended for the preschool set. Although Simon didn’t quite understand the concept, he did love running around in between us just because he could.

You know what, I think it was one of the best Christmases ever. Not because of anything in particular that happened, but just because it was all good. There were no bad moments.

And there was sleep. Any time there are 11 hours of sleep in 24 hours has got to be good.

Any Christmas stories to share? C’mon, somebody has to be out there to keep me company today!


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robin December 28, 2005 at 1:11 pm

You know Dani I think this was one of the best Christmases ever too.. I thought it was just becuase of Maggie. But, I think the real reason is because we stayed home this year and got to start some of our own traditons.
I miss my family. But, I sure do love the alone time we had just the four of us. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2 BeachMama December 28, 2005 at 1:14 pm

Dani, we had a great time too! Nothing in particular, maybe just having my sisters home and the kids all together ๐Ÿ™‚
We had miracle sleeps too! J was waking at 7am for the last 5 mornings until today!! back to 5am!! Will see what pattern starts tomorrow, as I was hoping for nancy’s rule of 10 then I was going to shout, hooray!
Try to enjoy work today,
Anna

3 andrea December 28, 2005 at 4:15 pm

Oh yeah. I had good sleeps too. I went to bed at 10:00 last night, read a few pages and conked out until 8:30 this morning. (!)
Sleep is so sweeeeeet!

4 SilverCreek Mom December 28, 2005 at 4:36 pm

I’m soo Glad you Christmases was special. Hugs to you all.
It was ok here nothing specail and for a change we are not rushing to do a thing. Can’t wait for new year’s eve.
Don’t work to hard Dani
Sharon

5 Suzanne December 28, 2005 at 4:45 pm

No stories, but we got that Little People zoo, too! Although I’m not quite sure what I was thinking, deliberately buying a toy with 26 individual little animals.
So glad your holiday went so well. I hope you have a quiet week at work, too.

6 Danigirl December 28, 2005 at 8:14 pm

Suzanne, it was my mom who bought Simon the zoo and I thought the same thing! “Oh no, not more toys with little pieces!!” Goes with the eighteen versions of railroad track, the thirty piece puzzles, the three cubic foot box full of trains

7 kris December 29, 2005 at 12:54 am

Not so much sleep here, but my 2.5 year old son Cowboy Luke (who has been obsessed with cowboys since Oct.) finally got some cool new cowboy boots and a hat. He was the happiest Cowpoke in the West (well, actually the East). He takes the boots off before bed/naps under protest. And we got the leap pad after reading your entry on it–man, was that a hit! Thanks for the tip.
I have 2 weeks off because I work in a school, so I’m really enjoying the chance to read something longer than a 10,000 word article. I have no idea how I’ll manage once I get back to work. I am so excited about having the time to clean properly, and even bake a bit. Wow! I just can’t believe how much more work 2 kids are in comparison to one. I don’t remember enjoying (or needing)a break this much before.
Anyway, enough of my babbling. I’m glad you had such a merry Christmas.

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