on that note, we decorated the tree yesterday and as much as i'd like to post these pictures and say, tis the season for fun! or something cheesy like that... i think it would be better to admit that it didn't go perfectly.
it was chaotic.
penelope threw down a glass ornament like you would throw a bouncy ball. and instead of bouncing, it shattered. she ran away promptly.
while nato was yelling for everyone to leave the glass shards alone, the cheery murmur of christmas music played in the background and annoyed me. why is it so loud, i yelled?!
layne, settle down!
lila, don't touch!
penelope, where are you?!
the kids frantically were hanging ornaments. they grab the glass ornament from my mema and i tear it out of their hands...oh this one's special. no touch.
why are there such things as glass ornaments, i ponder. oh! not everyone has young children. they like nice things.
at the end of it all, our tree looks like kindergarten soccer....a clustered mass with a lot of green to spare. a bunch of ornaments crowded in one section of the big tree and i'm too tired to fix any of it.
to top it off (pun intended) lila broke the tree topper accidentally.
hot glue. where's the hot glue gun? i'll fix it tomorrow.
we watched home alone at the end of the chaos and they all sat still for about 3 seconds. layne, quit moving your feet so much. i think you have restless leg syndrome, i say lovingly as he's snuggled by me.
and with some distance, it makes me laugh. i pray that our kids remember the fun things and not that it was chaotic and their mother was mean at moments. i am hoping that i am able to take a step back even sooner than the day after stressful moments and just enjoy situations for what they are. as a mother with small children, i wonder if this is attainable or if it's something illusive like bigfoot in the woods-- where we only catch glimpses of the magic or hear about it from other who have "seen it with their own eyes!"
i catch a glimpse when i look at this picture. with lila's hand's clasped in excitement and layne staring at the star with delight. penelope could care less but hey, that's 2 out of 3!
bigfoot has been sighted.