Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Perfect Birthday

1. Get up earlier than you thought you would.
2. Take a shower & get ready to GO.
3. Renew your driver's license because it expires every 4 years on your birthday & this is the 4th year.
4. Take your son & daughter to eat with you at El Chico. Be sure to invite a fellow adoptive mom.
5. Allow the El Chico staff to bring you the free sopapilla, put a sombrero on your head & sing Happy, Happy Birthday, Happy, Happy Birthday, Happy, Happy Birthday from all of us to you, Ole!
6. Head out to Playtime Pizza to play black light miniature golf with two little girls who've NEVER held a putter.
7. Witness a motor vehicle accident. Thank God you weren't involved. Wonder how it could have happened without any apparent damage. Ask your son why he supposes the airbag didn't deploy.
8. Play miniature golf with 4 year old & 6 year old. Ok, watch. Try to avoid being hit by new miniature golfers (the golfers weren't miniature, the course was). Wonder how much "instruction" you can offer before you ruin the experience.
9. Watch you son & daughter in the indoor bumper cars. Record with your Flip so your spouse can watch later.
10. Go home for your daughter's nap.
11. Go to gymnastics.
12. Go to Chile's for dinner. Laugh at the really horrible service because it's NEVER been bad before. Wonder if your birthday molten chocolate cake will arrive before your NEXT birthday.
13. Go home with whole family.
14. Be thankful for the gift of a great day, and hope the rest of YOUR new year will be at least this good.
I LOVE my birthday. Did you hear the contented sigh?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, ya'll!

Christmas started off a bit slow for me this year. Given my tendency to procrastinate, that may not seem out of character. While I may wait until the last minute to buy gifts or send out presents, I am usually full of Christmas cheer from Thanksgiving onward.

At any rate, the Christmas lights finally set a fire under Suzy Scrooge and sent her on her way. Lydia and I put a REAL tree up on the front porch complete with zip tie ornament holders for the windy days. Well, really? What's more festive than zip ties? I'll tell you what else, too: I don't mind if the needles fall on the porch nearly as much as when they fall on the floor.

One night Gene picked Lydia up, and she leaned backward to lie in his arms. As he cradled her in his arms, she said, "I'm pretending to be Baby Jesus." Yesterday, she took an armrest cover off a recliner, put it on her head, and said, "Look! I'm Mary." So, she's been 2/3 of the essential Nativity scene players.

On Christmas Eve she announced to the table that she could speak Spanish. And proceeded to count to 3. In Chinese.

We baked cookies together at least 3 different times including a right before bed small batch of slice, roll, cut & bake gingerbread cookies for Santa's snack. I'm sure Santa appreciated how fresh those cookies were. I, on the other hand, have had to get a death grip on the perfectionist who pops out of me at weird moments like that. Santa's not going to hold back just because those cookies aren't "just so." Factor in Lydia's age, and I'm pretty sure he's not expecting Ace of Cakes bakery skills. And so, once again I had to tell the Martha in me to hush!

My baby girl made me so proud, too, when she managed to forgo mentioning a top secret photo shoot to her Daddy. Of course, said photo shoot nearly had the perfectionist pulling her own hair out again. Let's just say that Lydia gets increasingly wiggly as her discomfort/unfamiliarity with a situation increases. Sweet photographer has 3 young children, though, so he knows how it is, and he shot nearly 300(really fast, not sit there & pose) frames to get the 20ish really good ones he edited to print.

Oh!Ho, ho!  You really need to know that Wii has a new version of Just Dance - it's Just Dance2. You'll want to run right out and buy it. You need to know, too, that you can go to the WiiShop & buy EVEN MORE SONGS!!! And how could you resist when they have Mambo #5 and Kung Fu Fighting? I couldn't, and if you can? You're a better person than I am. Probably a much better dancer, too. If you're laughing at my enthusiasm or the mental picture of me dancing, go right ahead. It IS pretty funny, but it's even more fun to dance not caring how ridiculous I look, not worrying about how I'll get off the dance floor if I split my pants, and not worrying (because we have a very strict no camera rule) that I'll end up on youtube or Funniest Home Videos.

Love you all! I'll try to add pictures (not of anyone dancing, weren't you listening?) later.