The kids and I invented a new, annoying game today on the way back from my mom's house. We were in my husband's car, which among the bells and whistles like heated seats has one of those displays that tells you which direction you are heading.
My oldest was telling me some long drawn out story about her friend, in this class, where they do this thing, and she said this other thing, and then her friend said this OTHER thing and...
I looked up, noticed we were travelling "E" and let out a howling EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE to the consternation of my children. They quickly caught on, however, and soon we were travelling SSSSSSSSSS
and SEEEEEE (we're pronouncing it "Saaaaaaaay.")
The good news is we never ended up traveling west, because I don't know how we could resolve that. North is a rather insect-sounding NNNNNNNNNNNN though, and that was pretty fun. Made my lips numb from the humming.
My husband is going to be so surprised and overjoyed the next time we're all in his car together!
Christmas is in my rear view mirror - it was a good one, although transitional. I didn't take the kids to see Santa at the mall this year - and they didn't care. I don't think my two oldest really believed before the holiday, although my youngest was eager to put out the cookies and milk for the Man in Red. I explained to my son that our family was aging out of the Santa thing, as Santa really only needs to come for those very special gifts that can't be found any other way, or for little ones who are truly appreciative of his magic. The NORAD Santa Tracker was scoffed at this year, and the stockings, while filled with treats, were mostly things that one or another of the kids purchased with me. Maybe next year Santa won't be stopping here at all.
I'm sure he'd be okay with it. I'm eager to have the focus of the holiday shift to the love and family and charity and music and all of that stuff.
I'm off from work this week, and it has been a welcome respite - 2011, although a banner year in many respects, has taken a toll on my family, my home and my health in general. I'm not a huge stress-ball, but the relentless pace this year combined with some challenging events has left me strung tighter than a drum, and pining for down time. I'm trying to honor that, while not leaving the kids to their own devices, so tomorrow we're going ice skating, and we'll pack in a few other fun (local) activities before their holiday ends on January 9th.