Belated Merry Christmas!

Once again, time is just flying around me and I keep getting lost!  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.  We certainly did.  I tend to miss having little kids around this time of year – they get so excited.  But, I have Mike and he magically turns eight on December 23.  It’s kind of scary and kind of amazing to witness.  Having all four boys home only ramped up the volume.  It’s loud around here lately, but it really is fun.

Christmas Eve was spent at my parents’ house.  My brother was also in attendance in what has become a giant book-fest!  Everyone left with a stack of new books to read.  My dad did a lot of the Christmas shopping this year.  If you own stock in Amazon, thank him.  I’m so dense lately.  One of the last packages Andy unwrapped contained a remote control.  I was thrilled because it looked like it would work everything in our living room.  Ummmmm …  I thought this, though not three weeks earlier, my father had me on the phone while I crawled around measuring every aspect of our living room.  The remote was accompanied by this insane television!!!!!  Doh!  

The television is new and has Roku and all of that stuff built in.  This is what we watch when we watch tv and now we have streamlined the contents of the tv cabinet!  Mike and the boys like it because the picture is amazing (I actually got car sick trying to watch them play a game) and it’s WAY bigger than anything we’ve had.  

My brother is the equivalent of a drug dealer when it comes to books.  He picks the best books for each of us.  Everyone in the house has been absorbed in at least one book from him since the car ride home Christmas Eve.  It’s so much fun.  In return for my brother’s thoughtfulness, the boys got him a zombie garden gnome.  You know? The gift you get for the man with everything?  Poor Matt.

We spent Christmas Day at home.  The favorite gift?  The 1964 Olivetti typewriter for Andy, hands down.  He has wanted a manual typewriter since he was about 7.  It works and I even found ribbons for it.  Andy has been typing on it every night.  We’re not allowed to see what he’s working on but I love the click-clack of the keys and the ding at the end of the line!  Another favorite? Dan received a rubber band machine gun kit.  He built it and it’s a riot.  Well, mostly.  I could live without finding rubber bands all over the house.  My favorite?  Mike gave me a set of Nancy Drew books like the ones I used to have when I was girl.  I’m so thrilled!!!!  There is no explanation for my love of Nancy Drew – the old one.  (The picture is of Christmas breakfast – cinnamon rolls stuffed with bacon and topped with caramel – like baby angels!)

And, now, I procrastinate.  It’s time for the annual New Year’s Eve/Birthday celebration.  Ian and Tim turn 20!!!!!!!  How is that possible? As usual, I have no clue how many people will be here.  I’m guessing somewhere between 20 and 45 people off and on throughout the night.  This makes food difficult – cross your fingers I make somewhere between enough and not too much.  This year will be a game night as well.  If anyone can lend me about 500 sq. ft. I promise to return it early New Year’s Day.  

Here’s to a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all of you!  I think this is the year we finally all get flying cars. 

3 thoughts on “Belated Merry Christmas!

  1. I've really loved watching your kids grow up via this blog… soon you will have grandchildren and I'll get to see that, too. 🙂

    Matt and Amy have said they're not going to have children. But I think they will. I will not complain if they do.

  2. Well, I will complain if Matt and Amy do not have kids! They would have the cutest little people in the world! AND, you go first on the grandparenting thing, okay?

  3. Wow! Ian & Tim? 20? How do these things happen? But it sounds as though you had a great Christmas with your big boys and your little one! I LOVE the manual typewriter thing! I don't know what happened to mine, but it is one of the things that I regret having not kept. I'm sure he is writing something brilliant! And a Christmas where everyone gets stacks of books is a Very good Christmas! I wonder if my crew would like bacon better than raisins in the cinnamon rolls? I may try that next year, at least for half the rolls!

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