Well, Christmas and New Year's have come and gone, so we can all heave a big sigh of relief. We started out with our normal tradition of getting a tree together -- likely the last Christmas that we will all be here to do it, so we waited for the Bratty Girl and her Young Man to get home. Jill decorated the house in her typically festive spirit, but before we could do Christmas (on the 23rd, mind you, because I had to work on Christmas Day -- or so I thought....), we had Jill's birthday. We didn't do anything special really, just dinner at Boston Market, then she and Michael headed to Christmas at the Zoo. They do love the zoo.
Well, the 23rd came quickly enough, and I figured they'd be chomping at the bit to open presents, as soon as Jim and I got back from church. But NOOOOO.......first Thomas informs me that he still has to wrap things. Now, Thomas' and Seth's version of wrapping is this (and I sure wish I had the picture of Jill's birthday present, wrapped by The Heir and The Spare): Plunk gift down on wrapping paper. Cut wrapping paper bigger than the present. Crunch the paper up with no real regard to neatness or hospital corners. Engulf entire parcel with Priority Mail packing tape, rendering it virtually impossible to get open. Yeah, it's man-wrapping. But I digress.
Thomas wrapped whatever it was that he needed to wrap, then Jill disappeared. Now, I was on call, so I had to do all of this in between phone calls on a VERY busy day, so the mother was not amused by the brat's absence. Whilst she was gone, quiet Michael, who speaks sparingly, informs the boys that while they were at the zoo, someone got engaged "and yeah, Jill was not too happy after that." I'll bet not.........
And then Jill walked in, stuffed my stocking full of Almond Joy and other assorted coconut filled candy, and we were off to the unwrapping races. Thanks to Dave Ramsey, I was able to have a credit-cardless holiday and still have a crazy stack 'o loot under the tree, and everyone was quite happy in the end:
But the highlight of the day was the last present, presented to Jill by Michael:
"Just enjoy the moment, sweetie. Just enjoy the moment."