Saturday, January 14, 2012
When you have family both near and far, all who have their own families near and far, trying to schedule when (or sadly, if) you'll see everyone isn't easy. For several years I felt like we spent more time in the car than we did with each other. It's what we do though, isn't it? Be flexible. (We learned our lesson - before Evan - about trying to see three families in one day, 3 hours apart). This year we happened to be home on Christmas day. And I have to admit, having Evan, it was kinda' nice. This was the first year he seemed to get what all the excitement was about. He was consistent in what he wanted Santa to bring him whenever anyone asked. One of his teachers at school helped with this note: *The water reference has to do with which firetruck he wanted. He checked out several in store and settled on the one that shoots "water" (not really, just these little plastic balls that are supposed to represent water. Thank you, Santa and Matchbox for keeping my house - and the cats who live here - dry). So he knew what he wanted, but couldn't quite grasp when all this was going to happen. It's January 14th and he told me today he thinks it's Christmas because it was snowing. For several weeks leading up to Christmas Eve he'd tell me me at bedtime Santa was coming that night. When Christmas Eve finally did come, I think he was a little nonplussed. I could see the look of "really, mom? are you sure?" He didn't wake us up at 5 am on Christmas morning. Not even close. More like 9. Instead of running down the hall in anticipation, he asked me to carry him while he hid his face. I got the impression he thought Santa might be hanging out in our living room. He wasn't, and once Evan had been read the letter Santa left for him, all was well. Yes, Santa delivered. It's really pretty awesome being three. (The trains were from his grandmas.) Later he opened a few presents from us. And showed me his impatient camera face. My parents joined us for a while. I wish my Dad would loosen up. My boys are so sweet together. And just for fun, after a long but fun Christmas day, Evan wound down and tested out his new toy shaving kit in the bath.
Posted by Jen O. at 11:58 PM